|Fires rage in the home of the Forest Guards
||[Jul. 20th, 2009|11:45 am]
Last Thursday, at 4pm in California, forest fires broke out close to the homes of the Forest Guard team and their coach, Heidi Buck, in Auburn, California. It is suspected the fire was started by fireworks and spread quickly to cover over 100 acres. Just over an hour later the fire had engulfed an additional 250 acres. Local firemen, accompanied by helicopters transporting water, battled the fire in an attempt to control the damage to the forest surrounding Auburn. The local Auburn Journal reported that "About 375 fire personnel have responded to the call, 325 of which are California Fire crew members. California Fire also reported 25 engines, 12 fire crews, five air tankers, four helicopters, three dozers and four water tenders responded. An additional two engines not from California Fire assisted as well as three non-California Fire dozers". By 8.40pm, local crews were able to control the spread of the fire. |
Follow Heidi Buck's firsthand account of the situation below...
Fire raging close to Auburn, California: home of the Forest Guards...
100 plus acre fire burning near Mammoth Bar, Auburn, California!
It is 4.06pm, Thursday evening, and I'm listening to the fire planes whizzing past my house. There is smoke all around us and they say it is around 100 plus acres burning... This fire, and the sound of the flames, puts everything in such perspective: how important it is to continue our work with Forest Guard.
It is now 5.15pm and the fire is now 250 plus acres. The authorities have closed Foresthill Road... and one of our own Forest Guards, Aydan, is trapped on Foresthill Road! I went back up the hill to film the planes attacking the blaze. They look so tiny as they approach the massive wall of smoke! These are the true heroes: and the ones on the ground and air, fighting this thing.
The sight of the flames, coming down over the ridge and approaching the road was terrifying! Several other people had stopped and joined our viewing spot, taking photos with their cell phones. One woman was reading the news and reported to the crowd that the Auburn Journal said the fire was up to 450 acres! When she saw the flames, she said she was going home to pack up her car!
Within moments they were up and heading back to the American River to refill their bucket and fight the fire. The next several minutes we watched as the firefighters battled the flames, working it back up toward the ridge. By 6.50pm, when we had to leave, we no longer saw flames and the fire had been pushed to the back side of the ridge.
** All images courtesy of Heidi Buck.