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The Mountain Fire: What you might not know

Idyllwild Fire Protection District provided one brush engine and two water tenders (trucks) for initial attack. The brush engine returned to the district that first night to help protect Idyllwild, while the two water tenders remained on the fire 24 hours a day until released Sunday. IFPD also had two members serving as trainees during […]

Fight or flight? To stay and fight or evacuate from an approaching wildland fire

It’s late in the afternoon, and the air is hot, and smoky. The wind is increasing and sirens can be heard in the not so far distance. Down the street comes a police car with its lights flashing, broadcasting the message to evacuate the area immediately because of an oncoming wildfire. What do you do? […]

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