Still on the fireline nearly a week after the first response, Cascade Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Eric Eide is quick to give credit to other departments and organizations.
“I can't emphasize enough, how important all the hand-line people, equipment, departments and incident management has been. We are very positive about what we have been able to accomplish, but all the hard work from crews from Fort Carson, El Paso County, and many others is exceptional.”
Reached at the firehouse on Thursday afternoon, Eide said members of the department were feeling slightly more at ease with lower temperature, moisture in the air, and other more favorable conditions.
“There is still a lot of work, but as a testament to all the help, the district is in favorable shape. Cascade, inside town, is good now.”
The forest above town looks like a difficult forest fire went through, however.
Sunday night was the worst, according to his description. The department continues to sleep in shifts and perform night patrols, but that is OK, he says.
“We all live here, we are volunteer. It's personal. I guess we push ourselves.”