Trinity County firefighter loses home as he battles wildfire

Aug 4, 2015 8:10 PM by Charlene Cheng

Driving around the area of Trinity Pines, firefighter Jeff Brusatori sees destruction, devastation, and the debris of his own home.

On Friday at around 4 p.m., he drove by the house on his way to fuel up the engine.

By then, it was already too late.

"It was about 100 to 200 foot flame length, and it was moving at 40 to 70 miles an hour, winds just pushing it through here," Brusatori said.

He continued on with his crew, the only available fire personnel in the area that day.

"I'm a firefighter. We gotta save our community and do what we can," he said.

With help from locals, the eight volunteers with the Post Mountain Fire Department stopped the forward progress into their subdivision.

"We had the locals running around with their water cubes in their pickups with portable pumps, doing things we couldn't get to. Without them it wouldn't have been possible," fire chief Tim Spiersch said.

The work isn't over for this group of volunteers. They won't rest until Trinity County is safe.

And when it's all over, Brusatori will think about rebuilding his home.

"If we build here, we're going with brick and steel," he said.

Donations are being accepted for residents who have lost their homes.

You can use donate through this GoFundMe site, or mail contributions to:

Post Mtn PUD
PO Box 1026
Hayfork, CA 96041


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