Rio fights the Williams fire

Roughly 3600 acres of scorched earth continue to give local fire crews trouble. The task of surrounding the entire fire is not only tedious but pain staking. It is up to numerous wild land firefighting crews,
(also known as hot shot crews), to form a line between the actual fire and the fuel which keeps the fire going.

A total of 18 Rio Hondo College students, who are the Fire Academy’s Crew77, deployed Sept.3 to fight Williams fire in the Angeles National Forest, atop the city of Glendora.

The crew members are: Lawrence Adams, Juan Aguilar, Robert Castro, Russell Dean, Jeffrey Drach, Tanner Grant, Zachariah Leyva, Cathy Lomeli, Sean Mac Murray, Ramino Mercado, Anthony Pacheco, Jason Polhill, Damon Rodriguez, Billy Trevino, Rodolpho Vasquez, Robert Velasquez and William Venegas.

As reported by Whittier Daily News, it has cost $1 million in order to contain the fire thus far. According to sheriff officials, it began with a car fire Sunday afternoon near the Camp Williams Resort, a mobile home community, which is how the fire received its name.

As of Sept. 4 according to estimation by fire officials, the fire was 25 percent contained. The original deployment for Crew 77 members is 14 days but they could be returning earlier if the fire is fully contained by Sept. 13 as expected.