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Park Firefighters Provide Mutual Aid At Local Sawmill Fire

Bryce Canyon National Park

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On December 8th, park structural firefighters assisted in the suppression of a blaze at a sawmill in nearby Escalante. When Escalante VFD firefighters reached the scene of the blaze, they discovered that the dry kiln building was fully involved and asked for support from all fire departments in Garfield County. The park sent its Type 1 engine with certified firefighters from its visitor and resource protection and resource management divisions. The park engine supported a defensive operation and drafted from a dip tank supplied by a pumper relay that included several tenders from various parts of the county, two other Type I engines, and a USFS Type III engine staffed by BLM employees.  The dry kiln building was a complete loss, but the control building, located just two feet from the kiln building housing all the controls, furnaces and mechanical equipment, suffered almost no damage.  The Escalante Sawmill is the biggest employer in Escalante.



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