The Firefighting Community Has a New Tool

After fears of new Hemet fire dangers, Tropical Storm Kay aids huge increase in containment and protection for the community

by John Fann, KTVU


“We’re worried about the fire danger because of all the history, the potential,” said resident Chris Hovendick.

Hodgens’ home and the home of neighbor James Bowers were consumed in the wildfire on Thursday, and Kelli Hodgens and her son were evacuated.

“We were talking and my brother called me, I was just trying to get out of there and get us out of there,” said Hodgens.

“I was about to go in the closet and try to get a little bit of safety gear with me and he said, ‘Kelli, stay in the closet.’ I said ‘All right, there’s a fire,’” Hodgens said.

“My dad and I are so grateful of the efforts of the fire fighters,” said Hodgens.

“Every time we call a fire or an incident, the public comes out in droves to help,” said a KTVU reporter.

While most of the residents of the area were forced from their homes by the fire, as is often the case with wildfires, the community did receive some good news in this case.

“The KTVU Channel 2 news crew was there early this morning and they said there’s about a two hour wait and they don’t have enough water to extinguish the fire,” said Hovendick.

At one point just after the fire had been burning for hours, residents could see a helicopter hovering over the area taking aerial shots of the fire.

“Even though they saw the fire it was still a fire. For us it’s just a big fire,” said Hodgens.

Now, though, residents know they have a new tool to combat these fires: the helicopter.

“That’s what we were afraid of and it

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