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San Antonio-area fire crews helping with Northern California wildfires back home safe

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio-area firefighters deployed to help with wildfires in Northern California are now home safe after spending about two weeks working 24-hour shifts on the front lines of a massive blaze.

The Carr Fire, which is one of the most destructive fires in state history, is about 93 percent contained.

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The team of 18 was also fighting rough terrain, high altitude and exhaustion.

After 10 days on the front lines, first responders with San Antonio, Schertz, Canyon Lake and Bexar County District 7 fire departments say they feel lucky to be home safe.

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“It was different than anything we've experienced here in Texas,” said Chris Willis, assistant fire chief of the Bexar County District 7 Fire Department. “It’s unbelievable how the fires would go all night long. Here, they go down at night. They were raging all night long. It’s something we haven’t seen before.”

“To contain a big fire like that, there's a lot of work that goes on when there aren’t cameras around. It's a 24-hour operation. They’ve been working solid for 30 days. We played just a small part of it,” said Capt. Brian Stanush, with the San Antonio Fire Department.

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