Keystone Honda Civic Service Report
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The wildfires out west for weeks now and now in this weeks civic service report we introduce you to a Johnstown woman who traveled close to 1500 miles to Colorado to help out with the Sugarloaf wildfire. "It is kind of scary knowing the fire is so close to you and you could be in danger but it is also you know you are there to protect the public." Katelyn was a level ii security specialist at the Sugarloaf wildfire in grand county Colorado. That is about 120 miles west of Denver. The fire was started by lightning 228 and has already scorched over third teen hundred acres. Katelyn says she spent two weeks in a tent stationed at a road closure making sure no one got close to the restricted area. How does a woman from Johnstown get stationed in Colorado? Kaelin says it all starts with a years worth of specialized training to work security in a wildfire. "Then you basically get put on a list the you are available to go and wherever they need to dispatch will call you and you basically want to get the phone call you have 24 hours to get out there, pack your bags get on an airplane and drive to wherever." Katelyn says while getting there was a bit chaotic she says what really hits home is the gravity of the situation. "Most recently captain Brian Hughes of the arrowhead agency hotshots from sequoia lost his life." Katelyn says her time helping out with the fire was rewarding and says she would do it again in a heart beat. "When these natural disasters happen and these fires occur the people there are kind of stranded. They don't really have much that they can do so I think it is really important that everyone who can help does help." The area where that while fire is burning is primarily an open wooded area thankfully with no houses nearby and at last reported it was 35% contained an firefighters estimate the fire will be fully contained by August 31.