April 19, 2013
A group of local firefighters recently participated in a wildfire training day at Rumsey Park. Practice drills included getting in and out of fire shelters as quickly as possible. The shelters resemble nothing more than a tinfoil bag, but provide some protection from flames and extreme temperatures.
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The memorial for six firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Dude Fire near Bonita Creek 23 years ago stands as a tragic reminder as Rim Country slides toward yet another unpredictable wildfire season.