Ant Hill Road Army Community Volunteers Engage in Caldor Fire – CBS Sacramento
SOMERSET (CBS13) Ã¢ ???? After leading a small army that stayed behind to fight the flames of Caldor Fire, Robert Reid was back on the bulldozer.
âLast night was the first night I slept in nine daysâ ,? said an exhausted Reid.
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He was checking a firewall he had made.
“It saved this guy’s house, it saved everyone’s house”,? Reid said. âIt saved the schools I went to, everything. “
This Somerset native knew that Caldor’s fire was approaching his house, too close.
âSo 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, Ã¢ ???? 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. âIt 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.
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âWe had people on saws, we had people hanging around, people on Bobcatsâ,? 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, âDid you do that? “? They were just amazed, Ã¢ ???? 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.
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As of Friday, the Caldor fire burned over 145,000 acres and was 12% under control.