Inside the world of a wildland firefighter

10:51 AM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - New images give us insight into the what it is like for those fighting the fires in the very difficult terrain.

9NEWS reporter Vida Urbonas spoke to wildland firefighter Matt Moomaw about what the crews face out in the field.

Moomaw worked with the guys on the San Juan Hot Shots. He's been in contact with many of them are now fighting the west fork fire in the South Fork Area.

His friends sent him photos about what they are experiencing.

Moomaw says their main goal is structure protection, to save homes.

They do that by creating barriers and building a line around the fire.

"Most of the time you don't have water so you're digging and cutting a fire line down to mineral oil just to create a break," Moomaw said.

He also says the intensity and property lost are becoming greater because people have been building more homes in the wild land interface.

He says clearing brush and debris away from your home could be the difference between your home surviving a wild fire or not.

Former wildland firefigher Matt Moomaw also runs a fire prevention company called

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