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Thank you for posting the well written account of the firefighters precarious position. I have passed it on to several people. We live in Colfax, California and normally think Pollock Pines is fairly far away. (We've had many a grand trip spending the day at Apple Hill searching for pies and tamales.) Several steep river canyons was nothing to this fierce (and senseless) fire; the distance the fire traveled each day was really hard to comprehend. We have witnessed many fires as that is just part of our environment here in the foothills. I have never personally seen one travel so far so quickly. It wasn't long before we were keeping a close eye on the progress though we are northwest of Lake Tahoe while you are southwest. It took a month of firefighting to fully contain this aptly named King of fires that burned 97,717 acres.