After 30 years of firefighting under his belt, former Nevada County Consolidated Chief Tim Fike can’t seem to get fighting fires out of his system. After he retired from Nevada County Consolidated Fire District last September, Fike continued to hold a position he’s held for the past 13 years as a member of Nor Cal Team 2, the tactical incident management team that orchestrates fire fighting and other Emergency Response activity for the Federal Government across the US. Fike most recently has been leading efforts to suppress the Dance Fire burning in Humboldt County near the town of Orleans. When we caught up with him yesterday he said the Dance Fire is just about contained, but another fire just got going nearby on the Salmon river.
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That’s when incident commanders call in the Hot Shots to get into those hard to reach places. It turns out Fike’s 26 year old son, Cody, is a 6 year member of the Truckee Hot Shots, one of the teams sent in to fight the Butler Fire. Fike says this is only the second time that he and his son have worked the same fire. click to hear Tim Fike
There are now three generations of fire fighting Fikes, as Cody follows the tradition of his father and his grandfather who also worked fighting fires for the US forest service.