Fire truck

The Pine-Strawberry Fire District’s new type-3 fire truck on recent assignment to the Inyo Fire in California.

While the wildfire season in Arizona has slowed thanks to monsoonal-driven storms, things are still burning wildly in parts of California.

The Pine-Strawberry Fire District’s house-built wildland fire truck returned home from five weeks of firefighting duty on the Inyo Fire and within hours was dispatched to another fire in California.

The truck and crew are now assigned to the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest north of the Yosemite. It is one of the three largest fires burning in the state, said Fire Chief Gary Morris.

Firefighters are using the district’s new wildland fire truck, a 2017 Dodge 5500 crew cab that is outfitted with a 500-gallon water tank along with a 250-gallon-per-minute pump.

Morris said other firefighters are so impressed with the setup of P-S’s truck it “may set the standard for future manufactured commercial wildland fire trucks. The firefighters did a remarkable job.”

And with all the work firefighters are picking up this summer, it may fully cover the $110,000 cost of building the new truck.

Contact the reporter at abechman@payson.com

Contact the reporter at abechman@payson.com

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