White Earth firefighters 'right on the fire line' of California wildfires in a record-setting season
October 5, 2020
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - In the 14 days since they first sank their boots into the rugged ground of the Klamath Mountains in northern California, 50-pound backpacks pulling on their shoulders, four wildland firefighters from the White Earth Reservation have worked to stop the fiery devastation surrounding them.
Thanks in part to the work of this Minnesota foursome, a nearly 2,200-acre fire that once threatened lives and caused an evacuation order is now 100% contained. The White Earth Wildland Fire crew, along with as many as 200 other firefighters from all over the country, were dispatched to Fox Fire, several miles southwest of the small town of Callahan.
With that fire now under control, residents of the area have been allowed to return to their homes and resume their normal routines. Yet the White Earth firefighters are still more than 1,800 miles from their homes, and their daily routines right now are far from normal.