BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A truck driver and his son's quick thinking helped prevent a brush fire from spreading Wednesday. Daniel Carrillo and his son were traveling on Interstate 17 near Black Canyon City when they saw a DPS trooper working to put out the flames.

"The conditions are dry, hot, windy. Every minute does count when it comes to fighting a little brush fire like that," said DPS trooper Brian Leverette. Leverette was using his own fire extinguisher but it ran out. He said fire crews were still about 10 minutes away. That is when Carrillo and his son jumped in to help. "That was our first instinct to do something and help them out," said Carrillo.

Carrillo had a fire extinguisher in his truck and handed it to Leverette on the side of the freeway. Leverette took it and ran back to the flames. He said he was able to contain the fire until fire crews arrived.

"Want to thank him for helping me and helping to lend a hand. Without the extinguisher, it probably would have gotten a lot bigger," said Leverette.

Trucker and trooper help put out fire

The trooper said he was able to contain the fire until fire crews arrived.

Carrillo said this is a good reminder for people to carry a small fire extinguisher in their car. "Never know when you are going to come across a situation like that. Lend a hand if you can," said Carrillo.


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