Firefighters’ quick response averted disaster |

Firefighters’ quick response averted disaster

I’m writing this to express appreciation for the fire department. On two occasions I’ve had the opportunity to observe the fire department in action.

On both occasions their amazingly fast, efficient, and effective action stopped fires that could easily have become major blazes.

Just a few days ago, a falling tree knocked down a power line near our house (on Tierra Road in South County) and started a fire. This was in a field of very dry weeds (foxtails, etc.) on a hot July day on top of a drought.

The other occasion was in Nevada City when a fire was started by a kid who was playing with fire in the brush and didn’t know just how fast and easily a fire can get out of control.

This was at the edge of a manzanita forest on Cement Hill at the end of summer when everything was very, very dry.

The kid came running to our house to tell us about it and I looked and saw what subjectively seemed like a 20-foot wall of fire about 50 yards from our house.

I was amazed at how fast the fire department was on the scene.

Dan Devere

Grass Valley

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