Four Scottsdale firefighters who were helping crews battle wildfires in California are now back home. The group returned Monday after assisting crews in Napa for about 10 days.
Capt. Al DiBenedetto said the fire's behavior was so unpredictable, crews would venture through areas of complete devastation and then find patches untouched by the flames.
“There will be 10 burned-out structures, total devastation, and in the middle of it is an oasis with homes, nothing's burned,” DiBenedetto explained.
Firefighter Jay Robinson watched over a homeowner who refused to leave his home. He watched the flames get closer, describing the fire as if it were a living, breathing thing.
“We know what's coming; we know that if it comes off that ridge it's going to do what it wants to do ... and we're not going to stop it,” Robinson said.
The homeowner and his home survived the flames. Robinson and DiBenedetto said they were moved by the community’s kindness.
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