Members of the city's fire department are heading to Arizona to assist crews battling a wildfire that killed 19 firefighters just north of Phoenix.
Five members of the FDNY Incident Management Team will be there to support the operation, not fight the fire.
Officials say high winds and dry conditions fueled the flames.
Forecasters say there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms today which could help the effort.
The 19 people who were killed were part of an elite unit known as the "hot shot" crew.
The fire was burning out of control, forcing them to deploy tent-like shelters meant to shield them from the flames and heat.
But its shelters were not strong enough.
Arizona officials say this is the deadliest U.S. wildfire involving firefighters in at least 30 years.
"Right now we're just trying to take care of our family, this is a very tragic, unbelievable situation it's something that we never thought we'd be facing."
President Obama extended his condolences to the families of those lost calling them all heroes.
He says the federal government is offering assistance.
It's believed a lightning strike on Friday started the fire, which has destroyed close to 200 homes.