Firefighters battled the Sierra Fire under harrowing conditions

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A dozer operator battles extreme winds and a fire, Tuesday on the Sierra Fire near Fontana, Calif. Screenshot from SBCountyFire video.

With large, devastating wildfires burning at both ends of California it is refreshing to hear about a fire that appears to be a success story.

Tuesday night at about 10 p.m. the Sierra Fire started in Fontana, California near Interstate 15 at Sierra and Riverside Avenues. At that time the weather station in Devore recorded sustained north-northwest winds at 25 mph gusting to 45 along with 10 percent relative humidity.

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The Sierra Fire is at Riverside and Sierra Avenues in Fontana, CA.

In spite of these horrendous conditions, by 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday the 26 engines, 7 hand crews, and 3 dozers  were able to stop the spread at 147 acres. Kudos to these badass firefighters.

You can get a taste of the conditions they were dealing with in this very impressive video.

@FirePhotoGirl also shot video at the fire.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+