Firefighters do Haka for crews aiding in wildfire battle

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FORT BRAGG, Calif. – A group of firefighters showed their moves and thanked their shuttle crews battling the Horse Fire in a unique way.

Video is getting shared online of a group of men showing their appreciation for the continuous support of people who have shuttled them to and from the Horse Fire burning in Northern California.

About a dozen American Samoa crew members performed their Haka ritual beside a Cal Fire helicopter in the mountains near Fort Bragg.

Haka is a traditional ancestral war dance of the Māori people of New Zealand.  The dance is performed by a group of men with vigorous movements, stomping of the feet with rhythmic shouting.

War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle or to acknowledge great achievements.

Drew Rhoads posted the video to Facebook Sunday night and most comments praise the men for their hardwork battling the wildfires.

The Horse Fire sparked on August 18 and has charred 146 acres as of Monday afternoon, Cal Fire reported.  Over 950 people have worked to control the wildfire burning 6 miles north of Shelter Cove in the King Range Wilderness, according to the Bureau of Land Management.


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