TOULUMNE COUNTY —
Sacramento Police got the call to respond to the Toulumne County wildfire.
“It was almost a surreal experience to see the fire with this just unstoppable force,” said Sergeant. Monty Maxwell.
The wildfire happened to be Sgt. Monty Maxwell’s first wildfire experience. When his team first got to the fire they had to keep looters at bay.
“It’s always disheartening to know that we have a disaster as it is and we have those people who are willing to take advantage of people in that disaster situation,” said Maxwell.
The Sacramento Police team responsibilities increased with each passing day. “The state of emergency was actually heightened for us because we were deployed as an actual evacuation team,” said Maxwell.
By day three, Maxwell’s team had to watch over homes in the Southern part of the county.
“We could actually see the fire coming up on the ridge line. Our instructions were if it came over the ridge line then we were to go back in this community and start the mandatory evacuations. You could see it burning over the top of the hill, actually flames coming over top of the hill,” explained Maxwell.
“The firefighters were actually doing a phenomenal job. You could actually see them working the equipment and the planes coming in dropping the fire retardant. Dropping the water actually got it controlled and do what they needed it to do,” added Maxwell.
And should his team ever get the call to respond to another wildfire situation?
“Absolutely, without hesitation,” Maxwell said.