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Utah firefighters show what they are doing at the Dixie fire in California

Sep 1, 2021, 7:52 AM | Updated: 10:02 am

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Cal Fire Capts. Derek Leong, right, and Tristan Gale monitor a firing operation, where crews set a ground fire to stop a wildfire from spreading, while battling the Dixie Fire in Lassen National Forest, Calif., on Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Six groups of Utah Firefighters have deployed to different states this summer to help with wildfire control.

The Unified Fire Authority posted videos on social media of what a couple of them are doing at the Dixie Fire in California.

Engine boss Rod Schultz with Draper City Fire Department said his main job right now is to go through areas where fire has already burned.  He makes sure there are no hot spots left and that the ground is cold.

Captain Steve Olson with Murray City fire is also working the Dixie Fire.  He’s shown pumping water from a small creek into ‘pumpkins.’  Pumpkins are what fire crews call round, orange water containers.  That water is then transferred into fire engines for use in dowsing flames.

According to CBS13 in Sacramento, the Dixie Fire grew almost 20,000 more acres on Tuesday.  It’s currently burned 819,956 acres and is the second-largest in California history.  It is only 49% contained.

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Utah firefighters show what they are doing at the Dixie fire in California