Locals head to Santa Barbara County to help after deadly mudslides

Kern County Firefighters 1301 tweeted out pictures from Montecito on Jan. 11, 2018. The tweet said 19 members are helping out after the deadly mudslides. (Photo courtesy: Kern County Firefighters 1301)

UPDATE: The Bakersfield Fire Department on Friday, Jan. 12, said it has deployed one Type 1 Engine Company to help with storm recovery efforts in Santa Barbara County.

The original story, published Thursday, is below.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- After the deadly mudslides, Kern County residents are helping with disaster relief.

Kern County Firefighters 1301 said 19 Kern County firefighters are on scene.

Kern County Red Cross said three local volunteers are in Santa Barbara County helping with disaster relief.

Cindy Huge is a local volunteer that also helped with the Thomas Fire.

She is currently helping at the Red Cross shelter at Santa Barbara City College.

"There is a lot of sadness when you see these disasters happen, but there is a lot of joy in seeing the humanity in the people who come out to help," Huge said.

Red Cross officials said they are asking for financial donations to continue their disaster relief efforts.

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