Deputy walks through Mosquito Fire to save couple

An elderly couple were rescued from the Mosquito Fire line by a Northern California sheriff’s deputy, authorities said. The couple and their two dogs were in an area evacuated from the fire when they called the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office this week. They said they were stuck on Volcanoville Road with no way to evacuate because their vehicle had broken down, the sheriff’s office said. Video shows the deputy had to cross a dirt road with heavy smoke and flames in some areas. The fire had jumped to both sides of the road with extremely low visibility, authorities said. (Watch video of the deputy’s car in the video below.) “At one point low visibility forced the deputy to a stop with flames hitting the vehicle, luckily the winds blew the smoke in time for the deputy to get to safety,” the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office posted on social media. Fire crews working on the Mosquito Blaze told KCRA 3 how dangerous the conditions are for first responders. said Travis Thane, acting deputy fire chief for the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “It’s very difficult to get big fire trucks, bulldozers and other devices in when we have the public trying to get out at the same time.” The many agencies working under a unified command recognize that it is a challenge for evacuees to be away from home, but they are quick to remind those living in communities under evacuation orders why it is so important to leave when these orders are issued. “We’re doing this…to protect people’s safety, which for firefighters is our number one priority,” Thane said. “Security of persons and property.” The Mosquito Fire burned over 41,400 acres of land in Placer and El Dorado counties. Parts of Volcanoville Road were scorched by fire. It is not known if any houses were destroyed in the area. | Learn more | Mosquito Fire Burns Over 41,000 Acres, Firefighters Make Progress With ContainmentKCRA 3 has contacted the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and requested an interview with the deputy who carried out the rescue. They weren’t made available to speak Monday night, and the Sheriff’s Office isn’t yet releasing the name of that deputy. The couple, their dogs and the deputy were able to get out of the fire area and to safety. (Click through the gallery below to preview the shooting.)

An elderly couple was rescued from mosquito fire line by a Northern California sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.

The couple and their two dogs were in an area evacuated from the fire when they called the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office this week. They said they were stuck on Volcanoville Road with no way to evacuate because their vehicle had broken down, the sheriff’s office said.

Video shows the deputy had to cross a dirt road with heavy smoke and flames in some areas. The fire had jumped to both sides of the road with extremely low visibility, authorities said. (Watch the video of the Deputy’s car in the video below.)


“At one point the low visibility forced the deputy to pull over with flames hitting the vehicle, luckily the winds blew the smoke in time for the deputy to get to safety,” the official said. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on social media.

Fire crews working on the Mosquito Fire told KCRA 3 how dangerous the conditions are for first responders.

“The mountainous roads here are often very small and one-way,” said Travis Thane, acting deputy fire chief for the US Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “It’s very difficult to get big fire engines, bulldozers and other devices in when we have the public trying to get out at the same time.”

The many agencies working under a unified command recognize that it is difficult for evacuees to be away from home, but they are quick to remind those living in communities under evacuation orders why it is so important. to leave when these orders are issued.

“We’re doing this…to protect the safety of people, which for firefighters is our number one priority,” Thane said. “The safety of people and property.”

The Mosquito Fire burned over 41,400 acres of land in Placer and El Dorado counties. Parts of Volcanoville Road were scorched by fire. It is not known if any houses were destroyed in the area.

| Learn more | Mosquito Fire burns over 41,000 acres, firefighters make progress in containment

KCRA 3 contacted the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and requested an interview with the deputy who performed the rescue.

They weren’t made available to speak Monday night, and the sheriff’s office has yet to release the deputy’s name.

The couple, their dogs and the deputy were able to get out of the fire area and to safety.

(Click through the gallery below for a preview of the shooting.)

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