Dozens of Bay Area firefighters arrived in Southern California Thursday to aid search-and-rescue operations in places devastated by mudslides following the Thomas Fire.
State officials say agencies from Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda and San Mateo counties have sent resources to the region hit by slides that have killed at least 17 people.
The mudslides were triggered early Tuesday morning when heavy rains hit hills recently scorched by the massive Thomas Fire, the largest blaze in state history.
Some local firefighters are back in areas they helped save from flames weeks ago.
"We walked away very confident in the way the fire was put to bed," said Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue, who's leading a 30-member team that arrived in Montecito Thursday morning.