The Orange County Register has an interesting article about the first engine strike team that arrived at the Freeway fire. It is the first-person account of Marc Hawkins, the Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief who was the Strike Team Leader.
A great deal of attention has been directed toward the Yorba Linda Water District and the lack of water at some fire hydrants during the Freeway fire. As many as five homes were lost because the water system failed in one area, requiring firefighters to haul water in water tenders, or shuttle the engines back in forth, refilling from hydrants that were a considerable distance away. The Los Angeles Times has the story.
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