Dollar Ridge Fire: An inside look at firefighters' battle, 35 percent contained
UPDATE: The Dollar Ridge Fire has reached 52,068 acres.
(KUTV) — Firefighters have been working around the clock for eight days to contain the Dollar Ridge Wildfire.
US Forest Service spokesperson Phyllis Ashmead said firefighters generally have been working 16 hour shifts with eight hours off, and they work for 14 weeks, then have two days off.
“In hot temperatures, it’s pretty grueling out there,” she said.
For the Dollar Ridge Fire, there are two field camp locations. There is a main camp at the county fairgrounds and another closer to the most active areas of the fire. That is called a spike camp, Ashmead said.
Other firefighters, like contract worker Donavun Davis, said they were staying in a makeshift camp at the local elementary school.
Although the work is hard, he said he was happy to help.
“What really got me into it, not to say I’m an adrenaline junkie, but it’s my environment!” Davis said. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t nice to have that feeling of, well, being a hero. It’s nice to know you have a purpose and that purpose is really making a difference.”
There is a community meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Duchesne High School.