SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. (KXAN) — Austin firefighters in northern California trying to stop the 200,000-acre Carr Fire have recently worked 24-hours straight, alongside California Forestry & Fire Protection crews and firefighters from New Zealand.
AFD Battalion Chief Randy Denzer sent the Austin Fire Department an update, which was posted on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, after working to identify trees that were dangerous to crews fighting the fire.
Photos shared by Denzer show crews working on mountaintops with plumes of smoke in the distance, as well as the remains of charred forests.
“Temperatures on the mountain are in the low 30s at night, so we are doing our best to stay warm. There is nothing quite like being 1.5 hours deep in the wilderness in the middle of the night and hearing the sounds of pump primers all across the canyons,” Denzer wrote.
The primers are part of a system used to pump lake water into the field for brush trucks to use to refill.
As of Tuesday morning, Denzer says the fire, located west of the city of Redding, is 65 percent contained.
Almost 1,600 structures have been destroyed, 282 damaged and another 113 remain threatened.
The battalion chief said eight people have been killed, including three firefighters (two from Cal-Fire and one from the City of Redding Fire Department).
The city of Redding commented on AFD’s post: “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”