Some firefighters return from SoCal |

Some firefighters return from SoCal

As the blazes in Southern California get closer to full containment, local firefighters are returning from helping their peers in the southern portion of the state.

Three firefighters and one engineer from Donner Summit Fire District came home Saturday evening after having little to no contact with their department.

“We’re pretty much out of the loop on that,” said Chris Griffith, an engineer with the department.

Donner Summit sent firefighters Naman Beatle and Mark Pitchford, firefighter/ paramedic Kevin Platt, and engineer/paramedic Patrick Campbell. The department has six full-time firefighters and 12 volunteers.

Firefighters who helped contain the Southern California fires from Northstar Fire Department returned late Saturday evening, which was sooner than expected.

“The weather enabled them to return,” said fire Chief Bill Zahn.

Hot, dry Santa Ana winds changed to cool, damp weather in the multi-county blaze, allowing many visiting crews to return home.

Northstar sent Capt. Mark Shadowens, engineer/paramedic Andy Ham and firefighter Josh Scarboro. Northstar’s fire department has nine full-time personnel and four seasonal firefighters.

Check out next week’s Sierra Sun for a more in-depth look at local firefighters who were sent to the Southern California fires.

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