Daily Camera (Boulder)

Area fire­fight­ers join bat­tle,

- By Kiely Westhoff Fires · Disasters · Natural Disasters · Colorado · Boulder · Mayor of Longmont, Colorado · Fort Collins · California · Oregon · Mountain View

As wild­fires con­tinue to rage in Colorado and on the West Coast, fire­fight­ers from the Boul­der area are on the ground help­ing to fight the flames.

Among them is Moun­tain View Fire Capt. Dean Street. Moun­tain View Fire Res­cue is based in Long­mont, but Dean and his crew have been stay­ing in Fort Collins while they bat­tle the Cameron Peak Fire.

“So we get up there, have our evening brief­ing and work through­out the night,” Street said.

The pri­mary job for the night crew is fire-watch­ing overnight. Much of the work con­sists of pa­trolling Colo. 14 and check­ing struc­tures that may

have been com­pro­mised by fire dam­age.

Street has pre­vi­ously fought wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia and Ore­gon. How­ever, he says the pan­demic has made his cur­rent ex­pe­ri­ence is unique.

“Yeah this one is so dif­fer­ent just be­cause of the whole COVID is­sue,” he said.

Typ­i­cally for wild­fires, the fire­fight­ers have a camp. How­ever, in an ef­fort to limit the spread, the crews eat their meals in restau­rants. Street said health screen­ings are con­ducted ev­ery morn­ing with an app for any­one go­ing on­site that day. Ad­di­tion­ally, the crews prac­tice so­cial dis­tanc­ing when­ever pos­si­ble.

“At all our meet­ings and brief­ings we’re wear­ing masks and try­ing to stay apart from each other as well,” he said.

Si­mul­ta­ne­ously fac­ing a wild­fire and a virus is no small task, but Street said he and his crew are up to the chal­lenge.

“It’s just one more thing to deal with. That’s what we do … we solve prob­lems. When we’re faced with a prob­lem we just try to fix it,” he said.

Street said he is op­ti­mistic that with their con­tin­ued ef­forts and the cooler fall weather, the fire will be out soon. In the mean­time, he said the sup­port from the Fort Collins com­mu­nity has not gone un­no­ticed.

“We’ve had folks by our meals in town up here in Fort Collins,” he said. “We want them to know that we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port.”

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Capt. Dean Street/moun­tain View Fire / Cour­tesy pho­tos Fire­fight­ers bat­tle the Cameron Peak Fire in Septem­ber.
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Fire­fight­ers bat­tle the Cameron Peak Fire in Septem­ber.

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