LOS ANGELES — Twenty firefighters from California returned to the United States on Wednesday after spending nearly a month battling wildfires in Australia.
The firefighters based at Angeles National Forest arrived at Los Angeles International Airport and were scheduled to reunite with their families at a city fire station.
Marvin Schober, 46, planned to surprise his brother, Capt. Leonard Dimaculangan, at the fire station.
“Those guys are superheroes,” Schober said as he waited with a GoPro camera to capture his brother’s reaction.
The returning firefighters — 18 men and two women — worked on different crews in Australia.
Angeles National Forest sprawls over more than 1,090 square miles of the San Gabriel Mountains, which form a wilderness backdrop to metropolitan Los Angeles.