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By Jim Fisher
For The Sentinel 

A crew from another coast fights Mile Marker 28 fire


Jim Fisher for The Sentinel

FIREFIGHTERS FROM AFAR: Rich Steensma, Nikhol Miller, and Steve Spangler (left to right) are from a Virgina firefighting crew here working on the Mile Marker 28 fire.

You’ve likely seen them around town over the last two weeks, in line at the grocery store with snacks and energy drinks, or across the street from their camp at the high school, buying T-shirts that commemorate the fire they have come here to fight. Almost always, they are dressed heavily, even on the hottest days: green pants infused with protective chemicals, brightly colored shirts for easy visibility, and boots, always boots. They’re boots that may have begun their life as any multitude of colors, but are now, and will ever be, burned and smoked to a grayish-black.

There were over 1,300 of them in town at the pinnacle of the operation against the Mile Marker 28 Fire, and they came...

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