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Neighborhood Response Helping Residents Affected by Fire

Neighborhood Response Helping Residents Affected by Fire



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Sarah Dallof and Andrew Adams reportingFire crews continue to gain ground on the Farmington Fire, which has now burned just less than 700 acres, and neighbors have organized to help them.

The dramatic flames we saw over the weekend are gone, burning now on the other side of the mountain. And all is quiet tonight at the command post for the Farmington Fire.

Kathy Jo Pollock, the fire information officer, said, "It's 65 percent contained and we're looking at 100 percent tomorrow night at 6:00."

But just a few days ago the situation was much different as flames were getting dangerously close to homes.

Robert Tonioli, Asst. Fire Manager of Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said, "We've got structure fire trucks here in the subdivision. We've got more trucks headed to the subdivision to the north."

While fire crews raced to get everything under control, a neighborhood emergency response team was keeping neighbors informed.

Mark Faldmo, a neighborhood responder, told us, "We just want to be ready in case there's some need for it."

The group, based out of an LDS Church, formed in 2003. That's when a transient purposely started a massive wildfire. Neighbors felt helpless. Within hours they were organized and helping firefighters.

Faldmo says, "There were a lot of us helping with the hoses, helping them drag them up the canyon as far as they could."

Since then they've outfitted themselves.

Another neighborhood responder, Bill Lewis, said, "We've got radios, scanners, these cute looking outfits, helmets, and what we found out is if we have a vest on like this we can go into areas that are restricted."

They have responded to floods, mudslides and fires, all in their neighborhood, all affecting their neighbors.

Fire officials say it's not a bad idea to have a neighborhood response team, as long as they stay off the mountain and don't interfere with fire operations.

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