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PHOTOS: Spokane firefighters return home after helping battle California wildfires

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

The Spokane strike team has returned home after joining forces with California crews to battle the state's worst wildfire season in history. 

Spokane's team was assigned the Nuns Fire near Kenwood, California. 

Tom Hatley was the strike team leader of the crew that went down there, and he says they had watched news reports about the fires before leaving, but nothing they saw would be able to prepare them for the reality of it all. 

Hatley said seeing the community destroyed would be like it the entire South Hill were to go up in flames. 

He snapped multiple photos of the destruction behind the fire lines. 

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