The City of Merced Fire Department shared dramatic footage of the department battling the first twelve hours of the Creek Fire, providing helmet camera views of the fire’s destruction.
The montage shows firefighters dangerously close to the fire with structures and trees ablaze.
“It is hard for our firefighters to put to words what their feelings are sometimes,” wrote the City of Merced Fire Department. “They work hard and right to the edge of danger, at times they are able save homes and other times they are overran. It breaks their hearts when the fire wins.”
“We share these images so communities can see what our firefighters and many other firefighters across the nation are doing to save the homes of those they don’t know. Please be safe out there and evacuate when told to do so.”
According to Cal Fire, as of the morning of September 16, the fire has reached 220,025 acres and is 18 percent contained. Credit: City of Merced Fire Department via Storyful