That’s the phrase from firefighters in northern California’s Monterey County, which has seen record temperatures and snowfall in recent weeks.
And, of course, the phrase that has become so popular among the thousands of people who are heading to the state this weekend to help fight the wildfires.
“We need to stay safe,” said one firefighter who asked not to be named.
“We have to stay together, and I don’t think that’s going to change in the next 24 hours.”
The Monterey Fire Department has received nearly 2,000 calls since Tuesday, with more than 1,000 firefighters responding to each call, Chief Steve McDaniel said.
In an unusual move, the state is deploying helicopters and boats to aid in the effort, he said.
But the biggest change in California is the arrival of some of the country’s most skilled firefighters, and the response has been more organized than in previous years.
The state has a handful of teams, each with a commander and a handful or so other people.
There are also about 30 different helicopters that are currently out of service.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has more than 500 firefighters, McDaniel told reporters.
The goal is to have 10 teams in the Monterey region by Saturday, McDan said.
The California Department for Forestry and Parks, which operates the Monty County Fire District, has had to scramble to provide resources.
“I think it’s a testament to our resourcefulness and our ability to respond to the fires that we’ve been able to do so,” said Chief Larry Ramey, of the California Department Fire Protection.
“But it’s not enough to stop them from coming in.
And the more resources we have available, the better off we are.”
It’s not only firefighters who have been deployed to the Montrose area, however.
The state’s Department of Transportation, which is in charge of roads and bridges, has been on the ground in the area, providing support and coordinating the evacuation and response.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that temperatures will reach the 70s Saturday and that snowfall will exceed one inch, bringing the chance of a fire in Monterey into the triple digits.
The forecast also predicts that there will be more than 100 blazes by the end of the week, bringing more than 2,200 people to the county, according to CalFire.
That’s an unprecedented amount of activity.
“That’s what we’ve never seen before,” said Rameys office chief Dave Ziegler.
The fire season in California has been very active, he added, but this year’s fire season is unique because it is already so active.
“I can only describe it as a different level of intensity than we’ve ever seen,” he said, adding that firefighters have had to work so hard to prepare and respond to these fires.
The fires have burned a total of about 1,800 square miles in the region.
The fire has destroyed at least 1,200 homes, destroyed at a number of structures and damaged at least 100,000 acres.
There are also many wildfires burning in other parts of the state.
On Monday, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said at least 40 homes had burned in Mendocino County.
On Wednesday, fire officials in the Sacramento Valley said more than 40 homes were destroyed in the Imperial County city of Bakersfield.
There have also been major wildfires burning across California.
On Thursday, firefighters were still battling flames in San Joaquin County, where there was a wildfire on Friday morning.
On Saturday, fires in the San Joaquins, Sonoma and Napa counties were burning as high as 1,600 acres, officials said.