Fire crews called for aid from surrounding fire departments, but the main challenge was the water supply.
The fire chief said that the area doesn’t have fire hydrants, so it can take some time to establish a significant supply. Fire trucks first arrive with about 1,000 gallons of water, he said, but once that it expended crews have to wait for more to arrive.
Hannigan said that by the end they had used about 12,000 to 13,000 gallons of water available in tankers from several fire departments, but the system took about a half-hour to set up.
Our crew also spoke to Rechell Hisle, who said that she was a resident of one of the burned houses.
She said that she was holding her grandson and fell asleep in the living room. When she woke up, she walked toward the back of the house and saw the fire. She grabbed her grandson, woke up her fiance, got out of the house and called 911.