MILL CREEK, Calif. - Near the Highlands Ranch Resort in Mill Creek, all the mountainsides surrounding the meadow were engulfed in flames just a few days ago.
Thick smoke still hovers over Mill Creek, but fire personnel says this is the best the area has looked in days.
Crews set up camp here on Monday, but just a day later, the Dixie Fire came roaring down the mountain, surrounding the base camp.
Crews rushed to save nearby buildings even as the fire threatened their own camp.
One member with A&M Fire Support Services, Danny Lee, said the winds were howling, blowing between 50 to 100 mph, and even ripped one of their large tents right out of the ground.
“Probably at around 8:30 to 9 at night, she came over the top of the mountain and she came down like a freight train,” Lee explained. “I mean you could hear the roar from this thing. I’ve been through tornados and other stuff, and they are loud, but they don’t compare to what this fire sounds like. She was ugly coming down the hill.”
Crews managed to save several buildings, like the Highlands Ranch Resort from the flames.
“Firefighters see it all the time when they are out, but people like me, we don’t get to see it until it actually happens to you,” Lee continued. “You sort of don’t really have a feeling from it. You’re just hoping it will all be okay, you know you can’t go anywhere, so you better get right with Jesus.”
It is still extremely smoky in Mill Creek and spot fires that started days ago in the same meadow where fire personnel are stationed are still smoldering.
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