FAIRFIELD — Nearly all of the Solano County firefighters who were sent out to battle the massive Rim Fire burning around and in Yosemite National Park have returned home.
The county’s Type 6 strike team, including 26 firefighters with two leaders and five engines, returned home Sunday, county mutual aid coordinator and Dixon fire chief Aaron McAlister said.
An Office of Emergency Services water tender with two personnel from the Vacaville Fire Protection District is still out on the fire and could be for at least another week.
“It’s starting to wind down, but they still have a lot of needs for some resources,” McAlister said.
The county also received two requests for overhead personnel with special skills, but the county didn’t have the people available, McAlister said.
“It’s nice to get the crews home and get the crews rested,” McAlister said. “They’ve been on the road two weeks . . . sleeping in the dirt and going up to three days without showers. They’ve had some very difficult assignments.”
The strike team did everything from structural protection to back burns to help battle the blaze.
As of Tuesday night, the Rim Fire was up to 235,841 acres and was 80 percent contained after weeks of burning out of control.
It remains the fourth-largest wildfire in state history behind the 2007 Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara County, which scorched 240,207 acres.
The largest was the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego County, which burned 273,246 acres. At No. 2 is the 2012 Rush Fire in Lassen County, which burned 271,911 acres in California and an additional 43,666 in Nevada.
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