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Firefighters Put In Long Hours on Lines

So you think you want to be a firefighter? Firefighters from all over the state battling the Lowell Fire have been on the lines for several days now, working 24 hours or more on duty, and then getting 24 hours off at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Battalion Chief Michael Gallagher with the Carpenteria-Summerland Fire Department is a strike team leader from Sabnta Barbara County. He talked to KNCO right after he and his crew got off duty from a long day…

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Gallagher says he doesn’t really know exactly where he was on the fire lines. He says they call it Division Alpha Bravo, somewhere on the west end of the fire…

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Gallagher says during their time off, they eat, sleep, get up and walk around a little bit, eat, and sleep some more. He and his crew could be back on the lines again in a day or so, or, if things have improved, could be sent somewhere else. Gallagher says, though, his crew noticed something when they were traveling back to the Fairgrounds when they got off duty…

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Over 23-hundred personnel are battling the blaze, which at one time had threatened over two-thousand homes.

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