Deputy drives through Mosquito Fire to rescue couple

An older couple was rescued from the Mosquito Fire line by a Northern California sheriff’s deputy, authorities said. The couple and their two dogs were within an evacuated area of ​​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 as their vehicle was disabled, the sheriff’s office said. Video shows the deputy had to go through 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 from the deputy’s car in the video below.) “At one point the low visibility forced the deputy to stop with flames touching the vehicle, fortunately, the winds blew the smoke away in time for the deputy to drive to safety, ” the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said on social media. Fire crews working on the mosquito fire told KCRA 3 just how dangerous the conditions are for first responders. “The mountainous roads up here are often very small and one way roads in and out, ” said Travis Thane, acting deputy fire chief for the US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “Makes it very difficult to get large fire engines, bulldozers and other apparatus in when we have public trying to get out at the same time.”The numerous agencies working in unified command acknowledge that it’s a challenge for evacuees to be away from home, but they are quick to remind those living within communities under evacuation orders why leaving when those orders are issued is so important. “We do that… to protect for life safety, which is for firefighters, our number one priority,” Thane said. “Life safety and property.”The Mosquito Fire has burned over 41,400 acres of land in Placer and El Dorado counties. Parts of Volcanoville Road have been burned by the fire. It’s unclear if any homes have been destroyed in the area. | Read More | Mosquito Fire burns more than 41K acres, firefighters make progress on containmentKCRA 3 reached out to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and requested an interview with the deputy who made the rescue.They were not made available to speak as of Monday evening, and the sheriff’s office isn’t yet releasing that deputy’s name.The couple, their dogs and the deputy were able to make out of the fire zone and to safety.(Click through the gallery below for a glimpse at the firefight.)

An older couple was rescued from the Mosquito Fire line by a Northern California sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.

The couple and their two dogs were within an evacuated area of ​​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 as their vehicle was disabled, the sheriff’s office said.

Video shows the deputy had to go through 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 from the deputy’s car in the video below.)


“At one point the low visibility forced the deputy to stop with flames touching the vehicle, fortunately, the winds blew the smoke away in time for the deputy to drive to safety,” the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said on social media.

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

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

The numerous agencies working in unified command acknowledge that it’s a challenge for evacuees to be away from home, but they are quick to remind those living within communities under evacuation orders why leaving when those orders are issued is so important.

“We do that… to protect for life safety, which is for firefighters, our number one priority,” Thane said. “Life safety and property.”

The Mosquito Fire has burned over 41,400 acres of land in Placer and El Dorado counties. Parts of Volcanoville Road have been burned by the fire. It’s unclear if any homes have been destroyed in the area.

| Read More | Mosquito Fire burns more than 41K acres, firefighters make progress on containment

KCRA 3 reached out to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and requested an interview with the deputy who made the rescue.

They were not made available to speak as of Monday evening, and the sheriff’s office isn’t yet releasing that deputy’s name.

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

(Click through the gallery below for a glimpse at the firefight.)

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