LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Their Ministry Teams Continue to Bring Love and Comfort to the Courageous Firefighters Battling the Dixie Fire in Chico, California
Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry has been serving the California firefighters battling the Dixie Fire since July 25. The Comfort Dogs were invited by Shawna Powell, the Employee Support Staff (ESS) Battalion Chief for that fire.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Aaron & Gomer (St. John’s - Napa, California), Micah (Light of the Valley - Elk Grove, California), Rahab (St. Andrews - Stockton, California), and Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, California) and their K-9 ministry teams visit the Cal Fire base Camp at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico several times per week sharing the mercy, compassion, and presence of Jesus Christ with those brave men and women.
The Dixie Fire has consumed 432,813 acres -- an area 3.5 times the size of Lake Tahoe, making it the third-largest fire in California history.
The fire, which has burned an area equivalent to the size of New York's Central Park every 11 minutes for 24 hours, is 35% contained.
Cal Fire firefighter Melissa Bell says being able to pet the Comfort Dogs helps boost morale when the firefighters come back after long and draining days on the fire line. "It just brings a whole other energy,” Bell said.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry will continue to support the California firefighters and support staff at their base camps as requested