Lowell Fire Wounds Firefighters As They Save Lifes

A huge quick growing fire that called for evacuations near Tahoe was downgraded Sunday to about 1,500 acres. It started around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, just west of Alta and now 5 percent of it has been contained.

Reports say that four of the fire men have been injured. According to the officials reports they were airlifted and taken to the hospital immediately to get treatment for their fire burns.

Two Cal Fire and two U.S. Forest Service have been severely burned by the fire. Although all four of them are now being treated at UC Davis Burn Center in Sacramento. They are both expected to be released from the hospital Sunday night. However USFS firefighter is still being treated for serious burn injuries and will be kept for a while longer in the hospital.

The Lowell Fire is debilitating nearly 2,000 homes. Past evaluations put the rapidly spreading conflagration at more than 4,000 sections of land. Be that as it may, all the more mapping has really downsized it to 1,500. The Lowell flame was the second multi-thousand-section of land wildfire blazing in Northern California this weekend, taking after the 6,900-section of land Wragg Fire seething between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Official reports say there aren’t many places in the area from where they can get huge quantity of water supplies so crews have to store up water from somewhere else to help them put out the fire.

:We have a very large response on this fire. With conditions so dry, you know we’re hitting it with everything we have, a very large air attack as well since it is difficult to get across on the ground. We’ve got a lot of air tankers making retardant drops, air tankers making water drops, doing everything we can to slow down this fire,” Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant said.

One of the evacuees at the scene says that their community has been preparing for an emergency like this for years.

“I was concerned last night but after seeing it again today, and all the fire department down there and everything and we’ve been working on it, clearing the brush away for the last few years, just getting ready for something like this so it has paid off finally,” said evacuee Danny McMellon.


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