Firefighters Battling Flames, Scorching Temperatures

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SACRAMENTO —

Firefighters are well aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion during this current hot spell. It’s even tougher for firefighters who had to haul hundreds of feet of hose to get to brush fires in the American River Parkway near Discovery Park.

They literally had to tunnel through the brush to get to the flames while encased in heavy protective gear.

“Our rigs are carrying extra water,” said Sacramento City Fire spokesperson Chris Harvey.

Harvey said fire fighters expended a lot of energy even before beginning the fire fight. A nearby fire boat helped put water on the fire from the river’s edge as did a Metro Fire helicopter.

Still firefighters have to spend hours on site mopping up because flames continued to flare in the heat. An auxiliary unit was sent with extra water and sports drinks to make sure the crews were hydrated.

Before the summer began, they were reminded to drink plenty of water even before they are called out to a fire.

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