By Camille Renaud,
An almost 100,000-acre fire near Placerville, referred to as the King Fire, has finally been extinguished earlier his month, thanks to a Davis resident and others. Rebecca Ramirez, Division Chief of the West Sacramento Fire Department and mother of two Davis High students, has returned home from her six day battle with the King with her team to wrap up the defeat.
Because of its size and threat, The King called for multiple strike teams to join forces from different counties that worked towards the same goal; putting the fire out.
“It is arduous and time consuming but if not done properly, the fire will re-ignite,” Chief Ramirez said.
Ramirez was sent with a strike team, which typically is made up of five engines with a crew of 22 people, to ensure everything was going according to plan.
“They did what’s called a mop up and made sure that the fires were out and everything was safe,” senior Delfino, Ramirez’s oldest child, said.
Chief Ramirez has worked for the fire department for 21 years so her kids have known their mom to be a firefighter all their lives.
“As a firefighter, it’s your duty to protect everyone and the area around you from the fire,” Rachael, sophomore and daughter of the chief, said.
Whenever her mom is away on a strike team, Ramirez wears a gold cross necklace with a small diamond in the middle.
“It helps me remember that she’s going to come home,” Rachael said.
The DHS Red Cross Club has talked about what they can do to help.
“There has been a lot more wildfires around the capital region section that the Red Cross is helping out with,” club member and sophomore Ivy Zhou said.
DHS is helping out by fundraising for the American Red Cross Association who supports the victims of these fires. Support services including food trucks, shower trucks, sleeping trucks and communication vehicles are all needed to fight these fires over the course of weeks or even months.