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Woodbridge firefighter suffers dehydration battling Big Sur blaze

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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10:00 pm

A Woodbridge firefighter is recovering after suffering from dehydration while fighting a large blaze near Big Sur.

The firefighter returned home Tuesday morning, around the same time a Lodi engine headed out to help fight a separate fire in Butte County.

A number of engines and fire personnel from throughout San Joaquin County are among the thousands of firefighters helping around the state.

Between Monday morning and Tuesday morning, the total number of acres burned increased by 29,000 and was at more than 630,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Lodi's engine met up with a Defense Logistics Agency engine from the Tracy Defense Depot, joining three Yolo County engines to form a strike team in Butte County.

That blaze suddenly jumped fire lines Monday night and by Tuesday morning had grown from 27,000 acres to 37,000 acres. Fire officials began evacuating residents in parts of Paradise and surrounding Butte County.

The dehydrated Woodbridge firefighter was one of more than 2,300 firefighters working on the fire in Big Sur, which had burned 80,474 acres by Tuesday afternoon. He is expected to fully recover after a 24-hour period of rest, according to Ripon Fire Chief Dennis Bitters, who is coordinating the county's mutual aid.

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  • posted at 5:46 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    I hope our young local HERO feels better soon.

  • posted at 5:45 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    T&C... Those guys were smiling and having fun, but you could tell they were tired. All young'ns. I don't know how they can handle it... honestly.

  • posted at 5:42 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    I took the kids to sunsplash a couple days ago, And there was one of the fire crews there trying to relax and rest in the cool water. I spoke with a few, they were from all over the US**== Thank God they are here. I thanked them for their bravery . I would be very affraid to do thier job. those flames could close up on them in a blink of the eye.How can they keep it up in the smoke. God Bless them!!! I mean it from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU to those young men!

  • posted at 2:34 am on Wed, Jul 9, 2008.


    I feel very concerned for all those fighting fires in this severe heat! It is so easy to have a heat stroke, heat attack, or heat exhaustion! Be safe everyone and if you see a firefighter, "Thank them for their service"! God bless all those who have lost their homes or loved ones from all these fires!



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