Governor Andrew Cuomo says a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are headed to the West Coast to help fight the wildfires there.

The DEC workers will join crews from other states and will be assigned where they're needed most.

“Historically, New Yorkers seek to help whenever and wherever crisis looms and this crew upholds that important tradition by assisting in the control of these devastating wildfires,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend these individuals for their bravery, and I look forward to their safe return home.”

The New York team is expected to be active in firefighting for two weeks.

Earlier this year, the DEC sent two state forest rangers to assist in fighting western fires.