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A behind-the-scenes look at the Dollar Ridge Fire base camp

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DUCHESNE COUNTY (News4Utah)- The Dollar Ridge Fire has been raging now for five days and has burned over 47,000 acres.

As the fire aggressively makes it’s way across Duchesne County, firefighters are working to contain the area closest to homes and structures. So far they estimate the blaze has taken down around 90 structures.

It’s 24/7 battle between man and nature. It’s a fight that takes hundreds of people.

Megan Timoney is the woman behind the scenes.

There’s a communications unit, a supply unit, food unit, facilities, ground support, and a security unit. Megan Timoney is in charge of them all.

“You accomplish things very quickly and [it’s[ a very stressful situation, but you also build a lot of relationships with the firefighters and with the folks on your team,” Timoney said.

Teammates like Bob Pitcher. He is the camp cook.

“We had the forest service approach us one day to make sandwiches and we made sandwiches for everybody and we took them out on the line, that was 25 years ago, and we liked it,” Pitcher said.

Now he owns a traveling kitchen called Big Sky Mobil Catering and makes thousands of sandwiches every day.

Then there’s the camp crew. 

Arden Dmille is the camp crew boss. He says his crew comes from small communities. They take care of the camp. 

“Cleaning the camp, loading trucks, emptying trashes, cleaning restrooms…just whatever needs to be done to help support the firefighters,” Dmille explained.

What can you do to help?

Firefighters say they have their needs fully met. However, donations are greatly appreciated for the evacuees at the American Red Cross Evacuation Center at Duchesne High School.

ABC4 Utah is accepting donations for evacuees and our studios located at 2175 West 1700 South in Salt Lake City on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feel free to drop off donations any time, and we’ll be sure they get delivered.

As for the firefighters, Timoney says they always appreciate little notes.

“We love sticking those notes into the lunches that are provided for them…the firefighters love that.”

There are now more than 640 firefighters working on the fire.

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