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Porter: MY GREATEST REGRET IN THIS JOB

IS THE TIME THAT I DIDN'T SPEND WITH MY FAMILY.

IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE TO SOMEBODY

WHO IS NOT A FIREFIGHTER

WHY MOM OR DAD CAN'T BE THERE.

WE RUN INTO PLACES THAT PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE.

AND WE DO IT SELFLESSLY,

AS IF THEY'RE OUR FAMILY MEMBERS.

THIS JOB IS ALL-ENCOMPASSING.

FIREFIGHTING IS ABOUT SACRIFICE.

Narrator: CALIFORNIA IS BURNING.

Man: I CAN'T LAST TOO LONG HERE.

Woman: IF YOU CAN GET OUT SAFELY. GET OUT, OKAY?

I CAN'T.

THE WORST FIRE SEASON ON RECORD IS GETTING WORSE.

THAT'S NOT GOOD.

Narrator: MILLIONS OF ACRES DESTROYED.

THOUSANDS OF LIVES THREATENED.

HALL JUST THIS WENT DOWN. GO.

Narrator: AND NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER,

GO DEEP ON THE FRONT LINES

WITH THE HEROES WAGING WAR TO STOP IT.

-- Captions by VITAC -- www.vitac.com

CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

FINDING DOWNED VICTIMS IN A HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT,

THIS IS OBVIOUSLY WHAT THIS IS INTENDED TO BE USED FOR.

OKAY, BOOM. SEE THE FIRE?

CAN YOU STILL PICK UP A VICTIM THAT YOU WEREN'T EXPECTING?

ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS WHAT YOU SEE.

Narrator: IT'S THE BEGINNING OF FIRE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA.

AT STATION 25, CAL FIRE ENGINEER AARON DUDLEY

AND CREW GET UP TO SPEED ON NEW FIREFIGHTING TECH.

Dudley: IT ALLOWS YOU TO PICK UP ON THE SILHOUETTE

OF A DOWNED FIREFIGHTER OR VICTIM MUCH MORE EASILY.

Narrator: WITH A CHANGING CLIMATE

BRINGING WARMER TEMPS AND LOWER HUMIDITY,

IT'S CLEAR THIS YEAR IS ON TRACK

FOR A RECORD-BREAKING FIRE SEASON.

I DON'T KNOW. I MEAN, IT'S...

FOR ME, I FEEL IT'S KIND OF -- IT'S KIND OF SELFISH.

I SAY SELFISH BECAUSE HAVING A LARGE FAMILY,

FIVE KIDS AND A WIFE,

AND I FEEL MY FAMILY SACRIFICES A LOT.

I'M A DIFFICULT PERSON. I'M DIFFERENT.

YOU CAN ASK MY WIFE.

YOU KNOW, I CAN DO A REGULAR JOB,

BUT I LOVE THIS ONE

AND DEFINITELY COULDN'T HAVE PEACE OF MIND OUT THERE

TO DO WHAT I DO WITHOUT STRONG FAMILY SUPPORT.

[ DISPATCH SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY ]

Man: THERE IT IS. THERE IT IS.

[ MEN SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY ]

YES. A LOT OF GRASS.

IT COULD BE HOT AND FAST.

[ SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY ]

Narrator: A GRASS FIRE HAS ERUPTED IN THE FOOTHILLS

OF THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS,

37 MILES FROM PALM SPRINGS.

WITH TEMPERATURES SOARING PAST 110 DEGREES,

MODERATE WIND, AND HUMIDITY LEVELS HOVERING AROUND ZERO,

THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS TO BECOME A MAJOR FIRE IS HIGH.

AND DINNER WAS READY, SO IT'S PROBABLY A CONFIRMED FIRE.

THAT'S USUALLY THE CASE.

SIX ADDITIONAL SPOTS.

WELL, ORDERING MORE STUFF.

WOW. YEAH, THAT'S A BIG ORDER.

Narrator: THE APPLE FIRE

CONSISTS OF THREE SEPARATE FIRES.

AS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES SCRAMBLE,

THE HOPE IS TO CONTAIN THE BLAZES QUICKLY.

CAL FIRE'S MISSION IS TO KEEP ALL WILDFIRES

TO 10 ACRES OR LESS.

COULD BE A LONG NIGHT.

YEAH.

Dudley: IN A COUPLE DAYS,

IT'S MY DAUGHTER MADDIE'S BIRTHDAY.

I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO MY CHILDREN.

I CONSTANTLY ASK MYSELF HOW I CAN DO BETTER.

JUST HOPE BY THE TIME I FIGURE IT OUT, IT'S NOT TOO LATE.

Narrator: THE MOST URGENT THREAT

IS TO THE APPLE TREE LANE NEIGHBORHOOD OF CHERRY VALLEY,

HOME TO 450 PEOPLE

AND HUNDREDS OF HOUSES AND FARMS.

THE FIRE IS ALREADY ON THEIR DOORSTEP.

WE'RE JUST GONNA PACK UP AND FOLLOW THIS HOSE LINE,

HELP THEM OUT.

Narrator: AS THE FIRE SPREADS AT 10 MILES PER HOUR,

FIREFIGHTERS RACE TO PROTECT THE HOMES TO THE EAST.

BUT FIRE IS NOTORIOUSLY UNPREDICTABLE,

AND THE CREW CAN BE OVERRUN FROM ANY SIDE.

WE HAVE THIS OPEN AREA SO THAT ONE CAN COME

AND GET US ON THIS SIDE.

SO JUST A HEADS UP.

AS A CAL FIRE FIREFIGHTER

AND BEING INCIDENT COMMANDER ON THESE FIRES,

I BELIEVE EVERY FIRE HAS

SOMEWHAT OF A DIFFERENT CHARACTER.

A LOT OF PEOPLE REFER TO FIRE AS BEING MORE LIKE AN ANIMAL.

AND I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE WITH THEM THAT THESE FIRES

HAVE A MIND OF THEIR OWN.

Narrator: IF THE THREE FIRES MERGE,

THE BLAZE WILL ACCELERATE EVEN MORE RAPIDLY.

A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO.

Cordova: EVENTUALLY, THESE FIRES

ARE PROBABLY GOING TO CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER.

WE HAVE A LITTLE BATTLE AHEAD OF US RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: 600 MILES NORTH,

THE CREW OF THE CAL FIRE STATION HOUSE 43

PREPARE FOR THE LONG, UNPREDICTABLE SEASON AHEAD.

IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT THE MEAT ORDER

WAS PICKED UP ON OUR SHIFT.

SO IT'S THREE MEALS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

THIS NORMALLY LASTS US ABOUT A MONTH.

WE'RE DONE.

YOU CREATE BOND WITH THESE MEN AND WOMEN.

IT'S IRREPLACEABLE.

I WOULD NOT EAT THAT. IS THAT FROM THE GARDEN?

YEAH.

YOU SPEND JUST AS MUCH TIME,

IF NOT MORE TIME WITH THEM THAN YOU DO YOUR FAMILY.

WE SHOULD JUST STICK TO WHAT WE'RE GOOD AT,

BUYING VEGETABLES, NOT GROWING THEM.

NOT GROWING THEM.

Narrator: MEALS FOR FIREFIGHTERS ARE OFTEN PREPARED

WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

ONCE A CALL COMES IN, IT COULD MEAN

A 24/7 TOUR OF DUTY

FOR UP TO 40 DAYS AT A TIME.

I WASN'T GOING ANYWHERE CUTTING MEAT,

SAME THING EVERY DAY.

I'M NOT SAYING BUTCHER IS A BAD GIG

IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM,

BUT I WAS JUST STARTING OUT.

MET MY WIFE AND THEN WE WANTED TO BUILD A FAMILY,

AND I JUST NEEDED SOMETHING

THAT YOU LAY YOUR HEAD ON THE PILLOW AT NIGHT

KNOWING THAT YOU DID EVERYTHING YOU COULD DO TO HELP PEOPLE

YOU NEVER EVEN MET IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

AND FIRE PROTECTION SERVES AND SAFEGUARDS THE PEOPLE

AND PROTECTS PROPERTY AND RESOURCES OF CALIFORNIA.

SO YOU MEMORIZE ALL THIS STUFF

AND YOU STUDY IT AND YOU STUDY IT

SO YOU LOOK REALLY GOOD ON AN INTERVIEW.

AND THEY DIDN'T EVEN ASK ME.

I DEFINITELY SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT BEING A FIREMAN.

YOU WORK A LOT HARDER. IT'S MORE FULFILLING.

YOU WAKE UP IN A BETTER MOOD. YOU'RE HAPPIER WITH WHAT YOU DO.

DEFINITELY HAPPY WHERE I'M AT NOW.

Narrator: IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY,

FIRE RAGES INTO THE APPLE TREE LANE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE FIREFIGHTERS' NEW STRATEGY --

STOP BURNING EMBERS FROM IGNITING OTHER HOMES.

Dudley: WHAT THESE POLES ARE FOR IS WE HANG HOSE UP HERE

SO IF WE GOT ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT,

WE CAN DEPLOY QUICKLY.

THE FIRE'S KIND OF SKIRTING AROUND.

IT MOST LIKELY WILL PROBABLY START

MAKING ITS WAY BACK THIS WAY.

SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES

AVAILABLE.

WE GOT ONE HOUSE THAT'S FULLY INVOLVED,

ALONG WITH A BUNCH OF VEHICLES THAT ARE IN HERE,

ONE BEING A BOAT.

WHAT YOU'RE HEARING RIGHT NOW IS A VERY LARGE PROPANE TANK.

IT IS VENTING ITSELF, WHICH IT'S MEANT TO DO.

SO IT'S DOING ITS JOB RIGHT NOW.

Woman: APPLE AIR ATTACK. CAN YOU PROVIDE

AN UPDATED ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL ACRES BURNED?

Man: WE'RE LOOKING AT 150 ACRES PLUS,

STILL WITH IMMEDIATE STRUCTURE THREATS THROUGHOUT THE FIRE.

POTENTIAL FOR 1,500 ACRES.

Narrator: WITH RESOURCES SPREAD THIN,

RESIDENTS JOINED FIREFIGHTERS

IN A LAST-DITCH EFFORT TO SAVE THEIR HOMES.

I GOT A CALL FROM MY WIFE.

SHE THOUGHT THAT HER PARENTS WERE GONNA LOSE THEIR HOUSE,

SO I CAME OVER HERE AND STARTED SPRAYING.

I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH HIS WIFE.

ACTUALLY, I LIVE LOCAL HERE.

HER PARENTS OWN THIS PLACE.

Dudley: AS FAR AS THE PROPERTY LOSS AND THE MONETARY DAMAGE,

I'M MY BIGGEST CRITIC, ALWAYS.

I RUN THROUGH SCENARIOS IN MY HEAD HOW I CAN BE BETTER

OR HOW CAN EVEN PREPARE MYSELF MENTALLY

FOR OFF-THE-WALL TYPES OF THINGS.

I DRIVE AROUND WITH MY SON AND JUST THROW SCENARIOS AT HIM.

COMING DOWN.

Man: UPDATE ON THE FIRE, 350 ACRES.

THE UPPER TWO FIRES HAVE COMBINED.

Narrator: IN JUST A MATTER OF HOURS,

THE THREE SMALL FIRES HAVE MERGED,

CREATING ONE MAJOR FIRE.

Cordova: THIS FIRE CREATES IT OWNS WEATHER,

SO IF THIS GENERATES ENOUGH HEAT,

IT COULD ACTUALLY SHIFT IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION

AND START BLOWING INTO THE CITY OF BEAUMONT AND BANNING.

WE DON'T WANT IT TO GET THERE, SO WE WANTED TO STOP IT HERE.

Narrator: WITH THE POTENTIAL OF THE APPLE FIRE SHIFTING,

FIREFIGHTERS MUST BATTLE IT ON TWO FRONTS.

ONE THING I'VE LEARNED AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

AS A FIREFIGHTER, ESPECIALLY IN THESE LAST 6 TO 10 YEARS,

IS THAT THESE FIRES WILL BURN ANYTHING IN ITS PATH,

FROM STRUCTURES OR EVEN HUMAN LIFE,

AND CAUSE MAYHEM ANYWHERE IT GOES.

THIS FIRE IS MOVING WAY TOO FAST TO STOP IT IN ITS TRACKS.

THE BEST WE CAN DO IS STOP THESE HOMES FROM BURNING.

Narrator: IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY, THE APPLE FIRE

BECOMES THE FIRST MAJOR BLAZE OF THE SEASON.

FOR AARON DUDLEY AND THE CREWS ON THE LINES,

IT'S A TWO-FRONT BATTLE --

SAVING THE CHERRY VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD

AND PREVENTING THE FIRE FROM CIRCLING BACK

TOWARD BIGGER POPULATED AREAS.

FOR NOW, FIRE IS WINNING.

WATCH OUT.

SAFETY OF MYSELF AND MY CREW IS ALWAYS THE NUMBER ONE.

I'M GONNA DO EVERYTHING I CAN, BUT IF IT GETS TO THE POINT

TO WHERE I FEEL THAT MY GUYS OR MYSELF

ARE GONNA BE IN ANY IMMINENT DANGER...

AIN'T GONNA DO IT.

WE HAD TO USE THE GARDEN HOSE. WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY WATER.

SO WE HAD TO USE BOTH GARDEN HOSES. WE GOT A HOSE LAID DOWN.

WATER IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE, AS WELL.

WE HAVE OTHER TYPE-1 ENGINES ALREADY UP HERE,

BUT NOT EVERY HOUSE GETS AN ENGINE.

WE DIDN'T EVEN SEE THIS HOUSE BACK HERE WITH ALL THE SMOKE.

WE CAME UP AROUND WITH THE HOSE LAY AROUND THIS WAY.

WE WERE ABLE TO GET A HOSE LAY THROUGH THAT FENCE RIGHT THERE

TO STOP IT FROM GETTING THE BACK SIDE OF HERE.

NO.

WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES.

WHAT WE DO IS JUST SAVE THE ONES THAT WE CAN.

[ RADIO CHATTER ]

AND THE FRONT'S ALREADY MOVED OVER THERE,

SO AT THIS POINT, IT'S PRETTY MUCH LIKE STRUCTURE TRIAGE.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE COULDN'T DO ANYTHING FOR THAT ONE.

WE WERE ABLE TO SAVE THE NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE.

Narrator: IN STRUCTURE TRIAGE, THE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE

THE FIRE DOESN'T SPREAD TO OTHER HOMES,

BUT IN THE FACE OF AN OVERWHELMING FIRE,

THEY HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO

BEFORE FINAL CONTAINMENT IS ACHIEVED.

Dudley: THAT'S IT! THAT'S ALL YOU GOT!

YOU CAN TRAIN EVERY DAY

AND THINK OF EVERY POSSIBLE SCENARIO,

AND NOTHING'S EVER GONNA GO AS PLANNED.

IT'S JUST REAL TOUGH. THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH YOU CAN DO

WITH WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND.

LET ME SEE IT ONE MORE TIME.

I GOT MY WISDOM TEETH PULLED.

YOU SPEND 40 DAYS WITH THE SAME PEOPLE,

THEY BECOME JUST LIKE AN OLDER BROTHER OR LITTLE BROTHER.

THE HATRED, THE LOVE --

IT ALL IS THE SAME THING AS A FAMILY.

I'VE GOT THE RIGHT TOOL. ALL RIGHT.

LET ME SEE IT ONE MORE TIME. LAST TIME. LAST TIME.

I FEEL LIKE IF I JUST TAKE A PAIR OF NEEDLE-NOSE PLIERS

AND PULL ON THAT LITTLE STRING,

WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

THAT'S NOT -- NO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

Man: YES, DO IT.

[ Radio beeps, man speaking indistinctly ]

-LET'S ROLL. -GET UP.

[ BELL RINGING ]

Narrator: IT'S BEEN A QUIET SEASON SO FAR FOR STATION 43.

BUT A SPREADING VEGETATION FIRE

IN A WOODED HILLSIDE IS GETTING OUT OF HAND

AND NEEDS TO BE PUT DOWN, NOW.

Man: Copter overhead reporting 2 acres.

We have everybody staging...

until we figure out how to get into this.

ENGINES AT THE SCENE RIGHT NOW ARE HAVING SOME DIFFICULTY

FINDING ROADS IN THERE.

THERE'S NOT MANY ROADS I SEE FROM HERE.

Narrator: LIVE POWER LINES POSE A MAJOR FIRE DANGER.

IN 2018, JUST 80 MILES SOUTH,

CALIFORNIA FACED ONE OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FIRES EVER.

THE SUSPECTED CAUSE -- FAULTY POWER LINES.

Man: OH, MY GOD.

Narrator: THE FIRE IN PARADISE

WAS THE DEADLIEST IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY,

KILLING 85 PEOPLE.

18,000 HOMES LEVELED IN JUST 12 HOURS.

TOTAL COST -- MORE THAN $16 BILLION.

WE WERE CHOKING ON THE SMOKE.

BURNING EMBERS FLYING AROUND. JUST HEARING THE ROAR.

IT SOUNDED LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN COMING THROUGH.

Woman: OH, MY GOD!

Man: IT WAS CREATING SO MUCH INTENSE HEAT AND PRESSURE,

I LITERALLY COULD FEEL THE AIR BEING SUCKED OUT OF MY LUNGS.

Narrator: UNDER TODAY'S CLIMATE CONDITIONS,

THE POTENTIAL FOR ANOTHER DISASTER LIKE THE CAMP FIRE

IS VERY REAL.

Riley: EVERY FIRE HAS A CHALLENGE,

AND POWER LINES IS A BIG DEAL.

IT'S SCARY, IT'S UNPREDICTABLE, AND GETTING ELECTROCUTED

WOULD BE THE BIGGEST FEAR OF THE POWER LINE.

Narrator: WITHOUT TENDERS, WATER MUST BE PUMPED UP THE SLOPE

FROM THE CREEK.

-KEEP GOING! 20 FEET! -25 FEET!

TWO HOSE LAYS -- ONE STARTS AT THE LEFT FLANK, ONE STARTS AT THE RIGHT FLANK.

AND WE DO THIS ON THE FIRE'S EDGE

UNTIL WE MEET AT THE END OF THE FIRE.

Man: COME ON, BOYS. DOUBLE-TIME IT.

WHEN YOU GET WATER, TAKE OFF RUNNING!

GOOD WET LINE.

OH [BLEEP].

ENGINEERS, LET'S FIND OUT WHAT'S UP!

YEAH, I DON'T HAVE EYES ON IT YET, CAP!

OH [BLEEP].

Woman: ...request for 800 lunches,

20% vegetarian, 8 pallets of water,

4 pallets of Gatorade, 1,000 pounds of ice,

and 2 reefer trucks.

Cordova: ANY TIME THAT WE GO INTO AN EXTENDED ATTACK

THAT GOES BEYOND THE FIRST 24 HOURS,

WE WILL SET UP A CAMP LIKE THIS

WITH THE INCIDENT COMMANDER, PLANS, FEEDING.

AND ALL THIS TOOK PLACE IN A MATTER OF SIX HOURS.

THIS IS GONNA BE ABOUT 10 FOOTBALL FIELDS.

THE FOOTPRINT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW IS PROBABLY GONNA GET BIGGER.

Hopkins: IT'S MY EXPECTATIONS THAT YOU'RE GONNA GO OUT TODAY,

YOU'RE GONNA HIT THIS FIRE HARD.

I DON'T WANT TO SEE MORE STRUCTURES LOST

FROM A NEW EMBER CAST

OR SOMETHING FLARING BACK UP THROUGH THE HOUSES.

THE WEATHER'S SUPPOSED TO BE 110.

THERE'S A LOT OF OPEN COUNTRY ON THE NORTH FLANK OF THE FIRE.

THE EAST PART OF THE FIRE IS WHERE WE'RE CONCERNED

WITH THE STRUCTURES.

Man: Mandatory evacuation for the Banning Bluff,

and the Miravilla Care Center

has been evacuated with 58 patients.

I NEED YOU TO DO THE BEST YOU CAN

WHILE YOU'RE OUT THERE TODAY UNTIL WE GET

MORE RESOURCES TO THE INCIDENTS.

BE SAFE? WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

[ ENGINE STARTING ]

Cordova: ON THE APPLE FIRE, WE'RE FORTUNATE ENOUGH

TO HAVE HEMET RYAN AIR ATTACK BASE JUST A FEW MILES AWAY.

THEY CAN GET THE AIR ATTACK, TWO TANKERS UP,

AND THE HELICOPTER CAN BE OVER THE FIRE WITHIN EIGHT MINUTES.

WE HAVE A "LAT" COMING IN,

WHICH STANDS FOR "LARGE AIR TANKER,"

AND SOME OF THESE HAVE THE CAPACITY

TO DROP 4,000 GALLONS OF FIRE RETARDANT.

THAT'S A V-LAT. STANDS FOR "VERY LARGE AIR TANKER."

AND THAT'S A DC-10, AND THAT COULD HOLD

UP TO 10,000 GALLONS OF FIRE RETARDANT.

FIRE RETARDANT HAS WATER AND A FERTILIZER BASE WITH A SLURRY.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO CONTROL IT THE BEST WE CAN,

BUT IF THE FIRE BURNS INTENSE IN THAT AREA,

THEY'LL BLOW THROUGH THAT RETARDANT LIKE IT WASN'T EVEN THERE.

-THERE'S THE WATER! -TANKER DROP!

Narrator: COMING UP, FIRE CONTINUES TO RAVAGE CALIFORNIA.

YOU STILL ARE IN EVACUATION WARNING.

ONE FALSE MOVE ON THE FIRE LINE

CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE...

LET'S GO! LET'S GO!

...AND DEATH.

[BLEEP]

Dudley: I'M GONNA DO A QUICK WALK AROUND THIS PLACE,

SEE WHAT WE GOT.

Narrator: IT'S BEEN A 20-HOUR FIGHT, BUT FIREFIGHTER DUDLEY

AND THE CREW OF ENGINE 3175 DEFEND 100 HOMES

IN THE APPLE TREE NEIGHBORHOOD OF CHERRY VALLEY.

-WATCH YOURSELF. -YEP.

-BACK UP. -OUT.

Narrator: BUT AS THE DESTRUCTION CLIMBS TOWARDS 2,400 ACRES,

THE DRY CONDITIONS INCREASE THE RISK OF THE FIRE

REIGNITING AROUND THEM.

Dudley: WE HAVE A SMALL PORTABLE PUMP WE CALL A TRASH PUMP

THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY UTILIZE THAT POOL WATER IF NEEDED TO.

CAN DROP 100 FEET OF INCH-AND-A-HALF HOSE

RIGHT HERE WITH A PORTABLE PUMP

AND PUT OUT A LOT OF FIRE WITH THAT,

SO THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW THERE.

NOW THAT THE SUN'S STARTING TO HEAT UP AGAIN,

IT'S STARTING TO KICK UP A LOT OF HOT SPOTS AND EMBERS.

STILL HAVE SOME WORK AHEAD OF US TO DO.

Taylor: I WENT TO BED LAST NIGHT WITH THE ENGINE HERE.

I WOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH THE ENGINE HERE.

IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU NORMALLY WAKE UP TO,

IS FIREMEN SLEEPING ON THE GROUND.

[ TURKEY GOBBLING ]

I WAS UPSTAIRS WORKING, AND MY WIFE WAS IN THE GARAGE,

AND I HEARD HER YELL UP AT ME AND SAID,

"I THINK THERE'S A FIRE." WE GRABBED THE DOGS.

WHEN I'M GOING THROUGH THE HOUSE, AND, OF COURSE --

40-PLUS YEARS OF MARRIAGE AND 16 YEARS HERE,

THE PICTURES ON THE WALL, I'M GOING THROUGH,

AND I'M THINKING, "WHERE DO I START?"

AND I JUST -- JUST LEFT.

YES. YES. FAITH IN THESE GUYS.

Man: OH!

-THERE'S THE WATER! -TANKER DROP!

WE GOT ONE HOSE LAY GOING DOWN THE RIGHT FLANK RIGHT NOW.

GO! GO!

WE GOT ONE HOSE LAY ON THE LEFT FLANK,

AND THIS IS THE ONE YOU SEE RIGHT HERE.

Narrator: THE REDDING FIRE CREW STRUGGLES TO HOLD FIRE LINES

AND PREVENT THE BLAZE FROM REACHING HIGHLY FLAMMABLE TIMBER

AND LIVE POWER LINES JUST YARDS AWAY.

Man: I GOT ANOTHER ONE OUT! RIGHT HERE!

Riley: THIS JOB COMES IN WAVES AND STRESS.

YOU HAVE TO RELY ON THE MEN AND WOMEN

STANDING TO YOUR LEFT AND RIGHT.

-HOSE COMING! -HOSE COMING OUT!

HOSE COMING OUT!

Riley: COMMUNICATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

WHEN IT COMES TO INJURY OR LINE-OF-DUTY DEATHS,

IT ALWAYS COMES BACK TO COMMUNICATION.

-YOU NEED WATER? -I'M GOOD. I JUST GOT ICE.

I'LL BE OKAY. DON'T DO IT, CAPTAIN.

YOU'RE WORKING HARDER THAN I AM, DUDE.

Riley: EVERY PLACE YOU WORK AT HAS THAT DAY WHERE YOU'RE LIKE,

"MAN, I WOULD SURE LOVE TO BE SITTING IN A.C. RIGHT NOW."

THAT'S PLENTY. PLENTY.

HOW YOU FEELING, BUBBA? YOU NEED ANYTHING?

THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES.

I THINK EVERYBODY PLAYS A ROLE.

AS FAR AS WHAT I TRY TO BRING TO THE TABLE IS JUST POSITIVITY.

WE'RE IN THE SUCK. INSTEAD OF JUST SITTING HERE THROWING A FIT,

THROW A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND GRAB ANOTHER PACK.

TAKE A BREAK. GET SOME WATER.

-TANKER! -TANKER!

Man: YEAH.

Narrator: AFTER FIGHTING FIRE FOR NEARLY TWO DAYS NONSTOP,

THE CREW OF ENGINE 3175

FINALLY GETS THEIR FIRST CHANCE TO REST.

-I'M HUNGRY. -YOU'RE ALWAYS HUNGRY, MAN.

Narrator: BUT CAL FIRE INSTITUTES

WHAT IS CALLED A STAFFING PATTERN,

WHICH MEANS FIREFIGHTERS MUST STAY ON DUTY FOR WEEKS,

BEYOND THEIR 72-HOUR SHIFTS.

Dudley: IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO GO TO A ROOM

'CAUSE THOSE GUYS THAT HAVE TO SLEEP IN CAMP SLEEP IN TENTS.

I WON'T BE HOME TOMORROW FOR MY DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY.

I MEAN, INITIALLY, LAST WEEK, BEFORE EVERYTHING STARTED,

WE HAD PLANS TO GO TO THE BEACH, CELEBRATE.

SHE'S TURNING 11. AND LOOKS THEY'RE GONNA DO IT WITHOUT ME.

SO IT'S, UH...

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

BEING AWAY.

I'VE MISSED PLENTY OF BIRTHDAYS, FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL,

ANNIVERSARIES, HOLIDAYS.

Ortiz: IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO FaceTime WITH FAMILY.

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO TO WORK,

AND YOU EXPECT TO COME HOME AFTER YOUR 72-HOUR SHIFT,

AND THEN A FIRE BREAKS OUT,

AND YOU'RE GONE, YOU KNOW, FOR A COUPLE WEEKS, SO...

THEY KNOW IT CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME.

YOU'RE NOT GOING HOME.

YOUR DAYS OFF ARE NOT YOUR DAYS OFF ANYMORE.

JUST GOT OFF A 40-DAY STINT

BEFORE THE APPLE FIRE STARTED BURNING HERE IN RIVERSIDE.

YOU HAVE TO WANT IT.

IF IT WAS EASY, EVERYBODY WOULD DO IT.

THAT'S WHAT I TELL MY SON.

DEFINITELY SLEEP DEPRIVATION GETS TO YOU.

THAT'D BE THE HARDEST PART FOR ME OF THIS JOB.

IT IS WHAT IT IS. I LOVE MY JOB. I LOVE WHAT I DO.

SO IT'S --

MY SONS ALSO PURSUING A JOB IN FIRE,

AS DID MY TWO OTHER DAUGHTERS.

SO WE'RE A FIRE FAMILY.

MY FAMILY KNOWS, HEY, IT'S FIRE SEASON.

I'M GONNA BE GONE. IT'S WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.

BEST JOB IN THE WORLD,

BEING ABLE TO BE A FIREMAN AND A FATHER AND HUSBAND.

I'M GONNA GET UP AND SEE WHERE WE'RE GOING TOMORROW

AND DO IT AGAIN.

CAFFEINE AND IBUPROFEN.

[ LAUGHS ] LOTS OF IT. LOTS OF IT.

Narrator: THE 7-ACRE PONDEROSA FIRE IS NEARLY CONTAINED,

BUT THIS SPARKS NEW DANGERS FROM BURNING TREES.

Riley: HUGE SNAG RIGHT THERE.

THIS IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST FEARS RIGHT HERE.

ONCE THESE TREES GET HEAT IN THEM, THESE BIG OAKS,

THEY'RE GONNA DIE AND BECOME A HAZARD TO US.

[ CHAIN SAW BUZZING ]

THEY'RE WHAT WE CALL HAZARD TREES. THEY'RE TREES

THAT HAVE FIRE INSIDE THEM AND COULD POSSIBLY FALL ACROSS THE LINE

OR, IN THIS CASE, INTO POWER LINES.

THOSE POWER LINES, IF ANYTHING GETS INTO THEM,

COULD SPARK AND CAUSE A FIRE.

SO THIS IS KIND OF A DOUBLE DIPPER.

[ CHAIN SAW BUZZING ]

THE FIRST STEP IN FELLING THE TREE IS CLEARING OUT THE AREA

AROUND THE TREE SO THAT YOU HAVE A WORKABLE SPACE.

IN CASE ANYTHING BAD HAPPENS,

YOU CAN GET AWAY FROM THE TREE WHEN THE TREE FALLS.

CLEAR!

Narrator: COMING UP, CALIFORNIA'S FIRST MAJOR FIRE

TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORSE...

THEY'LL BURN DOWN THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.

Narrator: ...AS THE APPLE FIRE

THREATENS TO ENGULF A NEW SET OF COMMUNITIES.

Cordova: NOW THIS WHOLE SECTION'S GONNA GO AT ONCE.

WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO THE LINE, SO WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING...

WE HAVE REALLY LIGHT, FLASHY FUELS.

THIS AREA'S REALLY GRASSY, SO IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH

TO START IT OUTSIDE OF OUR LINE RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: THE PONDEROSA FIRE NEARS CONTAINMENT,

BUT FIREFIGHTER RILEY AND CREW

PREPARE FOR A LONG NIGHT ON GUARD FOR FLARE-UPS.

SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY DOZER LINE IN. JUST A WET LINE.

IT'S PRETTY GOOD IN LIGHT FLASHY FUELS LIKE THIS,

BUT THESE HEAVIES THAT ARE PUTTING OUT STILL FIRE AND A LOT OF SMOKE --

WORRY ABOUT THE WINDS, LITTLE EMBER CAST

GETTING OVER IN THE GREEN AND TAKING OFF AGAIN.

WHAT WE'LL DO NEXT, WE'LL HAVE CREWS COME IN,

WHAT THEY DO IS THEY JUST TAKE ALL THIS FUEL BETWEEN THE FIRE

AND THE UNBURNED AND CREATE LIKE A BARRIER.

TAKE ALL THE STUFF THAT CAN CATCH FIRE.

YEAH!

WE TRAIN A LOT FOR MOMENTS LIKE THIS

SO WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN ON GAME DAY, WE'RE EFFICIENT.

AND FAST.

Woman: WOULD YOU SAY YOU WERE EFFICIENT THIS TIME?

WENT SMOOTH. REALLY SMOOTH. REALLY QUICK.

Riley: JUST BECAUSE A FIRE'S WRAPPED DOESN'T MAKE IT OUT.

WE'LL LEAVE AN ENGINE HERE FOR THE NEXT WEEK.

THEY'LL BE HIKING THROUGHOUT THE FIRE,

PUTTING OUT ANY HOT SPOTS THAT THEY SEE

UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY OUT.

ONE SECOND, YOU'RE HERE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

FIGHTING FIRE, AND THE NEXT DAY, YOU COULD BE IN SAN DIEGO.

WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING OF FIRE SEASON.

AND WHO KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Cordova: IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE THESE HOMES THAT ARE BUILT UP

NEXT TO THESE WILDLAND AREAS, AND IN SOME CASES WE CAN LOSE

THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF HOMES ON ONE FIRE.

Narrator: DAY FOUR OF THE APPLE FIRE.

AFTER CONSTANT AIR ATTACKS

AND THOUSANDS OF FIREFIGHTERS ON THE GROUND,

THE APPLE FIRE IS STILL ZERO-PERCENT CONTAINED,

CONSUMING MORE THAN 26,000 ACRES.

AND NOW THE FIRST MAJOR BLAZE OF THE 2020 FIRE SEASON

IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

HAS A NEW SET OF TOWNS IN ITS SIGHTS.

THE MORONGO VALLEY --

HOME TO 3,500 PEOPLE,

INCLUDING A NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATION.

THE FIRE IS FIVE MILES AWAY AND CLOSING.

Hopkins: CURRENTLY, WE HAVE EVACUATION WARNING.

I'M GONNA START IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY.

FROM POTRERO CANYON OUT TO HIGHWAY 62,

FROM THE INTERSTATE 10 UP TO THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY LINE.

WE DO HAVE AN EVACUATION WARNING IN PLACE,

AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THEY WANT TO HAVE

ANY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS PUT IN THEIR CAR.

THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR CAR IS FULL OF GAS.

IF THEY'RE TAKING MEDICATIONS,

THEY WANT TO HAVE ENOUGH MEDICATIONS

AND PUT ALL YOUR IMPORTANT STUFF IN YOUR VEHICLE READY TO GO.

YOU STILL ARE IN EVACUATION WARNING.

Smith: I AM ALWAYS DURING THE SUMMER

LOOKING AROUND THE HORIZON

TO SEE WHERE THE NEXT SMOKE PLUME IS.

AND I TOLD A FRIEND OF MINE TODAY --

I SAID, "IF I HAD ANY NERVES LEFT,

THIS WOULD BE ON MY LAST NERVE."

WE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE CALL US AND OFFER TO HELP.

THAT JUST FEEDS MY SPIRIT --

YOU KNOW, THAT PEOPLE CARE ABOUT YOU.

Hopkins: SO WE NEED YOU TO BE PREPARED

JUST IN CASE SOMETHING WERE TO HAPPEN

AND IT GETS OUT HERE IN THE GRASSES

AND STARTS TO RUN TOWARDS YOUR COMMUNITY.

Smith: I'M NOT GONNA STAND IN THE FACE OF SOMETHING

THAT'S FAR MORE POWERFUL THAN ME.

YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO LEAVE. THAT'S OKAY.

Dudley: THE PAY-OFF ON THE FLIP SIDE OF SACRIFICE

IS GETTING EVERYBODY HOME SAFELY.

HOPEFULLY WE DID OUR JOB TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY

TO SAVE WHATEVER WE COULD

AND PROTECTING LIFE, PRESERVING PROPERTY.

THEIR WHOLE LIFE IS IN THAT HOUSE, YOU KNOW, WITH NOTHING TO BACK IT UP.

YOU KNOW, WHATEVER WE CAN SAVE AND SALVAGE OR GIVING SOME DIGNITY BACK,

THEN, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GONNA DO THAT.

Hopkins: TODAY WE'RE HAVING THE FIRE BURN BACK TOWARDS

THE HEAD OF THE FIRE AND ESSENTIALLY KEEP THE FIRE

FROM MOVING DOWN TOWARDS MORONGO VALLEY.

BUT I WOULD THINK IT'S VERY CHALLENGING

AND IT'S VERY UNPREDICTABLE.

COMBINATION OF HIGH HEAT, LOW HUMIDITY, AND THE WIND --

THAT'S THE TYPE OF MOTHER NATURE THINGS

THAT KIND OF WE CONSIDER PRETTY ALARMING.

IT'S PERFECT FOR THAT FIRE SPREAD TO ADVANCE

VERY QUICKLY TOWARDS THOSE COMMUNITIES.

Narrator: IN A BACKBURN OPERATION,

FIREFIGHTERS INTENTIONALLY SET SMALL FIRES

TO ELIMINATE THE FUEL A WILDFIRE NEEDS TO ADVANCE.

IF YOU'RE DOING A FIRING OPERATION

AND YOU GET A SUDDEN SHIFT IN WIND,

THEN IT COULD JEOPARDIZE YOUR WHOLE FIRE OPERATION.

SO YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BURN AGAINST THE WIND.

Mendoza: WE'RE FIRING OUT AN AREA

TO BURN OUT AND CREATE A DEFENDABLE AREA.

OUR OBJECTIVE HERE IS TO HOLD IT RIGHT HERE ON THIS DOZER LINE.

SO INSTEAD OF HAVING A 10-FOOT ROAD THAT'S GONNA PROTECT IT,

WE'RE GONNA HAVE A HALF A MILE OF PROTECTION.

Narrator: WITH PHASE ONE OF THE BACKBURN COMPLETE

ON THE VALLEY FLOOR,

PHASE TWO BEGINS ON THE MOUNTAIN.

Cordova: WE HAVE A SMALL LITTLE FINGER

THAT NEVER BURNED THROUGH THE FIRE CONDITIONS HERE,

SO FIREFIGHTERS HAVE CUT LINES ALL THE WAY TO THE RIDGE,

AND YOU CAN SEE THEM UP THERE IN THE YELLOW.

AND NOW THEY'RE GONNA BRING THE FIRE DOWN TO THE VALLEY FLOOR

HERE TO A DOZER TRAIL.

SO IF WE EVER HAVE ANY TYPE OF WIND CHANGE,

THIS FIRE DOESN'T TURN AROUND

AND BLOW BACK ONTO THE COMMUNITY OF MORONGO VALLEY.

AND THE FIREFIGHTERS WANT TO DO THAT VERY SLOWLY.

SO THE HELICOPTER COMES IN,

DROPS AT A HIGH ALTITUDE WHERE THE FIRE IS AT,

BUT JUST TO COOL IT DOWN JUST A LITTLE BIT,

BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT THAT INTENSE OF A FIRE.

SO AGAINST THAT HILLSIDE IS ANOTHER DOZER LINE,

AND THAT'S WHERE THE FIRE'S GONNA STOP.

PUT IT IN. PUT IT IN.

AND THEN ONCE IT GETS OUT HERE,

THAT MAIN FIRE IS GONNA SUCK THAT SMALLER FIRE IN.

WE'RE DOING A PEANUT-BUTTER THAI NOODLE DISH.

THE ONLY GOAL IS TO NOT HAVE YOUR CAPTAIN

PUSH HIS PLATE TO THE CENTER AND WALK AWAY.

WE'RE GETTING THE FIRST TASTE OF IT.

IT'S GONNA BE DELICIOUS.

YEAH, IT'S CRUNCHY. THAT'LL WORK.

HE LOVES IT!

I DON'T KNOW.

[ LAUGHS ] "I DON'T KNOW."

YEAH, HE ONLY EATS SALADS ANYWAY.

THERE'S TOO MUCH HOISIN.

TOLD YOU, REED!

-TOO MUCH? -YEAH.

I DIDN'T PUT ANY HOISIN IN THERE, SO WHATEVER'S...

I PUT A [BLEEP] TON OF THAT STUFF IN THERE.

-DID YOU? -YEAH.

I STARTED PANICKING...

-YOU PUT HOW MUCH? -OH, A LOT OF IT.

NOT A LOT. JUST A LITTLE BIT.

LET ME SEE. LET ME SEE. THAT'S GOOD.

THAT'S IT. THAT'S IT.

-THAT'S IT. -THAT'S IT.

Narrator: AT NEARLY 30,000 ACRES,

THE APPLE FIRE IS JUST FOUR MILES

FROM THE MORONGO VALLEY.

AS A FINAL OPTION, FIREFIGHTERS

ESTABLISH A BACKBURN AT THE HEAD OF THE FIRE.

TOGETHER. WE'RE GONNA COME TOGETHER.

Cordova: NOW THIS WHOLE SECTION IS GONNA GO AT ONCE.

THIS FIRING OPERATION

SAVES THE COMMUNITY OF MORONGO VALLEY...

...SO WE COULD TAKE THESE FIREFIGHTERS

AND MOVE THEM TO ANOTHER SIDE OF THE FIRE.

EVERYTHING WENT ACCORDING TO PLAN.

NOW WE'RE JUST MOPPING UP SO WE CAN HAVE BLACKLINE

AROUND THERE SO WE CAN CALL CONTAINMENT.

IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO BUTTON THAT UP TODAY,

STOP THE PROGRESS GOING INTO THOSE COMMUNITIES,

MORONGO VALLEY AND PIONEERTOWN.

I THINK WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED TODAY

WILL ELIMINATE THOSE HAZARDS,

ESPECIALLY COMING BACK ON US TOWARDS THE WEST.

Dudley: I DID MISS MY DAUGHTER MADDIE'S BIRTHDAY.

IT'S NOT THE FIRST BIRTHDAY I'VE MISSED, HAVING FIVE KIDS.

I THINK THE OLDER I GET, YOU REALIZE THAT, YOU KNOW,

CAN'T GET THAT TIME BACK, YOU KNOW?

AND THE KIDS ARE GETTING OLDER.

YOU KNOW, MY OLDEST IS 21. THE YOUNGEST IS 11.

YOU KNOW, WHENEVER YOU DO GET THAT TIME, MAKE IT COUNT.

THERE'S ALWAYS TOLLS, YOU KNOW? IT'S ALWAYS A GIVE-AND-TAKE.

IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO COME HOME

AND HUG MY WIFE, KISS MY KIDS.

IT'LL PROBABLY HIT ME AT SOME POINT LATER ON IN LIFE,

YOU KNOW, BUT NOW IT'S JUST -- IT'S PART OF THE JOB.

SACRIFICE, WHAT IT MEANS TO ME, IT'S PROBABLY FAMILY.

YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S WHY YOU JUST TRY TO CHERISH IT

AS MUCH AS YOU CAN WHEN YOU HAVE THAT TIME WITH THEM.

Cordova: THERE'S NOTHING REALLY LEFT BESIDES SOME TWIGS AND STUFF,

SO IT'S VERY DEVASTATING TO SEE THIS

BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS THIS DESTRUCTIVE ON WILDLAND,

THE COMMUNITIES RELY ON THIS AREA FOR THEIR WATER.

SO THE NEXT COMING YEARS...

THIS HAS A LASTING IMPACT ON THIS COMMUNITY

FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

I DON'T CARE WHAT SIDE YOU'RE ON --

IF YOU BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE OR IF YOU DON'T --

SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED

WITHIN OUR VEGETATION, WITHIN OUR FORESTS

WHERE WE'RE SEEING FIRES BURN

MORE INTENSE, MORE ACTIVE, QUICKER, HOTTER,

AND SO THERE'S SOME TYPE OF CHANGE HAPPENING.

I MEAN, WHEN YOU HAVE A CATEGORY-3 TORNADO ON A FIRE,

THAT'S UNHEARD OF.

SINCE 2017, WE'VE SEEN MAJOR DESTRUCTION ON WILDLAND FIRES,

AND EVER SINCE I'VE STARTED,

THE NEXT FIRE SEASON IS GONNA BE THE WORST EVER...

OR THIS FIRE SEASON'S GONNA BE THE WORST EVER.

Dudley: OUR FIRE SEASON STARTED IN CALIFORNIA.

I MEAN, YOU'RE ON ONE, YOU GET RELEASED,

YOU GO TO ANOTHER ONE. YOU JUST KEEP GOING.

AND THERE'S A BREAKING POINT -- YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE,

YOU KNOW, FIRST-RESPONDER FREAK AND STRESS, MENTAL THING.

IT'S REAL.

IT'S ALWAYS MISSED OPPORTUNITIES AND WHAT I SHOULD HAVE DONE

THEN OR SHOULD HAVE DONE THERE.

BUT BEING A FATHER AND A FIREMAN AT THE SAME TIME

I THINK IS A HINDSIGHT.

I GUESS IT'S A CONSTANT BATTLE ON BOTH FRONTS, BUT...

MAKING IT WORK.

Narrator: NEXT TIME ON "CAL FIRE"...

Man: WE HAVE A STRUCTURE FIRE THAT'S BURNING

THAT COULD TAKE OUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

Narrator: ...CALIFORNIA'S WORST WILDFIRE SEASON

IS JUST GETTING STARTED.

THE MAJOR CONCERN RIGHT NOW IS PROTECTING THE HOMES.

FIRES ARE GROWING TO SUCH GREAT MAGNITUDE.

GO, GO, GO, GO, GO!

I HAVE NEVER HAD BASE CAMP EVACUATED.

Man: YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START.

I'M BACKING OUT THE WHOLE WAY!

I'M NOT AFRAID TO DIE.

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