Captain Bryson Kanady with the Stephenville Fire Department is on his way to California where he will spend the next 14 days battling the wildfires that have ravaged the state.

Fire Chief Jimmy Chew said Kanady left Monday afternoon with a convoy from Weatherford.

“They spent the night in Las Cruces and should be getting to California (Tuesday),” Chew said. “Bryson will be the engine boss on a Weatherford truck.”

As of early Tuesday, the Woolsey Fire, which broke out Thursday afternoon near Simi Valley, had consumed nearly 170,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and 44 people have died in the deadliest fire in California history.

Chew called Kanady his “go-to” guy who rose through the ranks quickly to become a captain. He has been with the department for more than 10 years.

“He is a great leader,” Chew said.

Additional Texas counties assisting in the effort are Bexar, Brazos, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gregg, Harris, Hays, Hutchinson, Lamar, Montgomery, Parker, Potter, Somervell, Tarrant, Taylor, Tom Green, Travis, Walker, Wichita and Williamson.