Firefighters saved the day |

Firefighters saved the day

When tragedy, and near tragedy, strikes at home, we always seem to find ourselves in need of their services. And they perform their jobs well.

Firefighters are often the first and last line of defense, especially when it comes to wildland firefighting. Saturday’s fire, which reached approximately 100 acres and came near homes in Truckee’s Tahoe Donner subdivision, was stopped only by the extreme response of responding fire agencies.

Within minutes of the fire being reported, crews were on the ground and in the air, making their way through Tahoe Donner, and up Interstate 80 where the fire is believed to have originated from. Air support came from 360 degrees and included slurry-spilling air tankers and water-dropping helicopters.

Although the fire took off at a rapid clip, fire suppression efforts matched its intensity, turning the hottest spots off before the fire could overrun homes. (It helped that the neighborhood has been proactive in fire-controlling forestry efforts). Approximately 350 firefighters were crawling all over that fire, and without their help it could have been much, much worse.

If you see a firefighter this week, say thank you. This week they saved us from devastation, and once again they earned the recognition.

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