SOMERSET (CBS13) â ???? After leading a small army that stayed behind to fight the flames of Caldor Fire, Robert Reid was back on the bulldozer.
“Last night was the first night I slept in nine days” ,? said an exhausted Reid.
READ MORE: Call Kurtis: Lenders Don’t Pay Fair Plan Fire Insurance Policies
He was checking a firewall he had made.
“It saved this guy’s house, it saved everyone’s house”,? Reid said. “It saved the schools I went to, everything. “
This Somerset native knew that Caldor’s fire was approaching his house, too close.
“So we watch it from here to where we stand at the top of the ridge. We figured that wasn’t going to work and that there was no one here, so we kind of got on with that, â ???? Reid said.
Neighbor Job Giles, a father of nine, joined what would come to be known as the Ant Hill Road Army.
“He got the bulldozer and I said I could put lines of fire around the neighbors’ houses,”? said Gilles. “It quickly became more than we expected. “
They began to fight the Caldor Fire with everything they had.
“We put that 300 foot pipe inside ourselves” ,? Reid said.
They worked and worked.
READ MORE: New allegations of child sexual abuse against 5 former priests found credible, according to Diocese of Sacramento
“We had people on saws, we had people hanging around, people on Bobcats”,? neighbor Matt Peterson said.
They worked with over two dozen volunteers who responded to a call for help on Facebook.
It has not gone unnoticed; the authorities have stopped.
“And he went out and looked at the canyon and said don’t stop!” Reid said.
“? ? They looked at us and said, “Did you do that? “? They were just amazed, â ???? Job said.
This group of men pierced a 600-foot-wide, two-mile-long firebreak from Perry Creek Road to Grizzly Flat Road.
Donations of fuel and food arrived as they fought back the flames with the help of a huge backfire by Cal Fire.
They looked back on what they accomplished as Caldor’s fire continued its push towards the mountains.
“Watching that fire come up on the line and watch that fire come on and stop where we went, that was surreal,”? Reid said.
NO MORE NEWS: Schools are not required to report increased cyber attacks: children at risk, parents in the dark
As of Friday, the Caldor fire burned over 145,000 acres and was 12% under control.