Colo. Crew Keeps Fighting After Losing Station, Homes

The Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first to respond to the High Park Fire, and its members remain on the fire line despite losing a fire station and several losing their homes.

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More than 30 firefighters with the department have put their lives on hold to battle the fire in their own backyard, according to KUSA-TV.

"It's a monster still," Fire Chief Bob Gann told the news station. "It fights us every day. Nobody has really kind of seen this kind of thing before. This thing won't give us a break. We never expected it to go as fast as it did."

Eight firefighters' homes have either been damaged or destroyed by the fire that has consumed close to 200 homes in total. The fire also consumed Rist Canyon Fire Station No. 4 in one of the areas most devastated by the blaze.

Gann said that the firefighters are hesitant to ask for help, but that since many are tradesmen who don't earn an income unless they are working, they need it.

To help the firefighters, tax deductible donations can be made via PayPal through the department's website. To help the firefighters directly, mark contributions to the attention of "Fire Fighter's lost wage's fund."