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Firefighters face long, hard days

Firefighters face long, hard days



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It's not an easy life for the firefighters who battle blazes like the one above Draper.

These guys work 14 straight days, 16 hours a day. At the end of the day, Mark Wiggins takes a deep breath and goes to sleep on the grass. He says, "Make sure there's a lot of grass and it's kind of soft and level." That's as good as it gets.

Wiggins once worked 18 fires in a season, with his life always in danger. "We were on a dozer trail, and the fire blew up on us."

The firefighters are always on alert. "When someone gets the word to get out, then you just stop what you're doing, and you run."

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

Andrew Adams

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