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Bakersfield Fire Department firefighters share their experience after the Camp Fire


THIS IS ALSO THE FIRST TIME THE COMPANY SENT ONE OF ITS ROCKET BOOSTERS TO SPACE FOR A THIRD TIME. SPACEX’S GOAL IS TO REDUCE THE COST OF A LAUNCH BY REUSING THE HARDWARE. KRISTIN: LAST MONTH, THE CAMP FIRE BECAME THE DEADLIEST AND MOST DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRE IN STATE HISTORY. WITHIN HOURS, BUTTE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS KNEW, THEY COULDN’T HANDLE THE BLAZE ON THEIR OWN. KERN COUNTY AND BAKERSFIELD CITY FIREFIGHTERS WERE AMONG THE EARLIEST ARRIVING BACKUP. 17’S LORI LIZARRAGA SPOKE WITH SOME OF THOSE MEN, WHO ARE HOME TODAY AFTER TWO WEEKS ON THE FRONT LINES. LORI: AFTER DESTROYING NEARLY 14- THOUSAND HOMES AND KILLING 88 PEOPLE, THE CAMP FIRE IS FINALLY OUT. AND CREWS FROM THE BAKERSFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT WERE THERE TO HELP. A FEW OF THEM SAT DOWN WITH ME, TO TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT IT. DOUGLAS RANDALL: HOUSES WERE STILL BURNING DOWN WHEN WE GOT THERE SO WE WERE READY TO GO DO WHAT WE COULD. DOUGLAS RANDALL , MARK DAVIS CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL , AND WESLEY HOWARD . 37 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE BETWEEN THESE FOUR BAKERSFIELD FIREFIGHTERS. WESLEY HOWARD: CONDITIONS WERE SMOKY ABOUT AN HOUR OUT OF TOWN. AND THEN THAT LAST PROBABLY 20 MINUTE DRIVE IN THERE WAS FIRE RIGHT ALONG THE 99. AND I MEAN PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE YOU LOOKED THERE WAS FIRE… BUT THE CAMP FIRE SHOWED THE MEN A SIDE OF MOTHER NATURE’S FURY NONE HAD EXPERIENCED BEFORE. MARK DAVIS: DEVASTATION CHIMNEYS AND SMOLDERED

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