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Posted: August 24, 2015

Samoan fire crew helping in NorCal performs fantastic thank-you dance

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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Firefighters from American Samoa who are helping fight 35 Northern California wildfires performed a traditional Haka dance to thank the crews shuttling them to the fire lines.

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The crew of five veterans and 11 rookie firefighters from the National Park of American Samoa joined the Northern California wildfire force as part of their training

The Samoans were equipped with gear when they arrived in Redding, Calif., and they, in turn, said thanks with celebratory songs and dances.

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The video was posted to Facebook with this description: "The American Samoa crew showing their appreciation for the crew shuttles to the Horse Fire from C-101 & 102 by showing us their Haka. Great group of men and women helping us out in NorCal."- Drew Rhoads

The American Samoa crew showing their appreciation for the crew shuttles to the Horse Fire from C-101 & 102 by showing us their Haka. Great group of men and women helping us out in NorCal.

Posted by Drew Rhoads on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Read more about the Chaka dance here. 

COOPERATING AGENCIES

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has sent 13 employees to help fight wildfires in four states.

The commission announced Monday it is sending eight people to Texas, three to Idaho and one each to California and Washington state. Their varying roles include wildland firefighter, heavy equipment boss and public spokesman.

The 13 left as six of their colleagues returned from fighting fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Redding, California. The six spent two weeks there.

Last month, a Forest Commission employee spent a week helping out with a fire in Tok, Alaska.

The employees are working under a cooperative agreement the state agency has with three federal firefighting agencies: the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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