(Meredith/KTVT) -- After 25 days away from her dad, 7-year-old Adley couldn’t hide her excitement from seeing him again.

Quincy Blount was among the first 44 firefighters from McKinney, Texas sent to help battle the California wildfires. The number of Texas firefighters there grew to 234 over the weekend.

“Really and truly. That’s what keeps me going, knowing I'm coming home to her and I get those hugs,” he said.

Blount said the smoke from the wildfires was so thick, it blocked out the sun.

“I’ve never seen fires where daylight turned to night,” he said. “At 3 p.m. in the afternoon, I had to use a flashlight to see where we were going and what we were doing. I’ve heard the description of apocalypse given out there and, yeah, that’s probably as close as I can say.”

Although the job is dangerous, Blount does it because of the same Golden Rule he teaches his daughter.

“If we were the ones who needed help, I’d want somebody coming to help us too,” he said.

While her dad was away fighting the fires, Adley had her first day of school and her first cheer practice.

“It was really boring,” Adley said.

If Blount returns to California next month, he may also miss Adley’s 8th birthday.

“I just don’t want him to go cause he’s always there,” she said.

Blount said that being away from his family is the hardest part of the job.

“That part wears and tears on you.”

But it makes the welcome home from his daughter, and the hugs, all the more special.

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