Grass Valley, Nevada County firefighters deployed to Carr Fire, save animals at blaze |

Grass Valley, Nevada County firefighters deployed to Carr Fire, save animals at blaze

Staff report

Grass Valley Firefighters assigned to Office of Emergency Services fire engines left at 3 a.m. July 26 to the Carr Fire in Shasta, according to a Grass Valley Fire Department press release.

Crews spent 24 hours providing structure defense against the fire, which has devastated the Redding area.

During the second day of deployment to the line, firefighters helped to mop up and patrol around structures impacted by the fire.

Grass Valley crews came upon the doorway to a home where a pair of animals, a cat and chicken, were  impacted by the fire. The cat and the chicken each had burns that would require treatment.

Grass Valley firefighters provided the animals with fresh water. After some reassurance, firefighters managed to coax the cat and chicken into a carrier where they would be together and safe as they awaited pickup by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Both the cat and chicken are expected to make full recoveries from their injuries. Amid this heartwarming tale, firefighters remained committed to the Carr Incident on OES Engine 334 as part of OES Strike Team 4806A. 

Source: Grass Valley Fire Department

Nevada County Consolidated firefighters provide support for statewide fires

Nevada County Consolidated firefighters have been busy this fire season sending out 30 firefighters and five fire engines to fires that have sparked in San Diego, Redding and Mendocino, according to Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Director Dave Hanson.

“We have a strike team, we also have the OES engines out of Grass Valley that’s responded and been on the road almost two months,” Hanson said Thursday morning at an Economic Resources Council meeting.

“Our guys go out for 10 days — strike teams — and we switch them out, they’re working 24 (hours) on, 24 (hours) off. This is unprecedented for us.”

According to Hanson, resources are being brought into the state from as far as Maine and Florida. While local fire stations are still being manned despite providing out of area support, Hanson said it wouldn’t hurt to get more help.

“All of our stations here in the county are manned. But if it gets any worse, we don’t know where we’re going to go for more resources,” he said. “Of course we have the military involved so just be really aware, this is something we’ve never seen before.”

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