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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Simple Question

We heard the radio come to life dispatching several units to a reported brush fire. It was just at the edge of what we consider to be our response area. Even though we are further away we have the fastest route so we routinely beat the closer units. My captain looked up and asked a simple question, "You want to go?" Does a bear poop in the woods?!

As we screamed down the freeway we could see a small header. It didn't look like this was going to be a big fire. Approaching the scene we could see several CalFire engines. Looked like they got the call first. We reported in and were assigned the left flank of the fire. The guys doing the progressive hose lay had already been through but the fire was starting to skunk its way across the fire line.

I grabbed the reel line and stretched it out as far as it would go. After about 30 minutes of mop up we were cleared from the call. We fought very little fire (it was only a couple of acres total) but it was still better then sitting around and doing nothing.
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