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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 10:09 pm

Four Lodi firefighters have spent the last two days battling the Springs Fire in Ventura County that forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

The Lodi Fire Department has use of one specialty engine on loan from the Office of Emergency Services, said Battalion Chief Ron Penix. Normally, the department uses it as a reserve engine. But when a major fire breaks out elsewhere in California, Lodi firefighters must answer the call.

Teams from Stockton, Manteca, Woodbridge and Tracy were also deployed as part of a five-engine strike team.

The engine deployed early Friday morning with four firefighters aboard, including Capt. Mike Woznick. The team immediately spent a 24-hour shift on structure protection, keeping the fire away from homes.

“To be called from so far away means there’s a pretty big problem down there,” said Penix.

The weather in that area was improving, however, and rain helped douse some of the flames.

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