MCCLOUD, Calif. — Curious residents in the McCloud area of Siskyou County got the chance to see what happens behind the scenes of the Hirz Fire base camp by participating in a Labor Day tour.
Nicole Edwards and her son Kai were two of the residents who decided to take a chance and go on the tour that was hosted by the unified commands of Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer officials.
"Over the last couple of days, we reached out to the public to try to offer them a camp tour for them to kind of see some of the operations that take place at base camp when there's a big fire in the area," said Cal Fire's Public Information Officer Johnny Miller. "We had a great turn out. We had over 60 people come and we were able to give them a tour and to show them just what we do here at base camp."
Nicole and Kai said after taking the tour, they gained a whole new perspective on the firefighting operations.
"It really takes a lot. And a lot of different people... a lot of different organizations here contributing," said Nicole.
"It's cool. I thought they just go out and spray fire hoses at it," said Kai.
Miller said this was the first tour they've had on the Hirz Fire incident.
Their goal in offering the insight for the general public was to help residents understand all the work that goes into fighting fires.
"They don't always see what happens in finance and what happens in the map room and all those little things and those people are working just as hard as those out on the line," said Miller.
Miller said depending on the geographic area and how busy they become, future tours could be on the horizon.