As happens with wildfires across the West every year, the assortment of highly trained professional fire experts fighting the Gap Fire came from throughout the United States. Although it was impossible to get a list of the more than 50 responding fire companies by our deadline, we do know that firefighting forces came from 28 states. If you’d like to thank these brave men and women, leave a comment at If you’d like to contribute in their name, consider giving to the Los Padres Forest Association ( or the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Red Cross (


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