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SD volunteer firefighters head west to fight wildfires

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As fires continue to burn in Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota, crews here at home head there to help.

One of those crews is Brad Vosburg who's been with the Renner Volunteer Fire Dept. for 20 years.

"We love to do it. It takes a certain person to do it, it's hard no doubt. When you're able to help people in that way, save homes and get into the mountains," Brad said.

And to the Colorado Mountains he'll go, for two weeks, relieving his brother Bob and nephew Dustin.

"This is one of the worst I've seen. In 2002, I was in Colorado for that summer and we saw extreme fire behavior and this year's similar to that, it's pretty bad," Brad said.

For his sister-in-law Carolyn Vosburg, it's not easy letting them go.

"It's a dangerous job they do with the fire, there's been people who lose their lives doing this exact job, it's definitely a concern," Carolyn Vosburg said.

But she'll be the first to admit, she's happy it's a family affair.

"I'm proud of all my boys and they're out there helping and doing what they can. Dustin called me one day and said 'Mom, they're holding signs that say thank you fire fighters' he knows he's out there doing good too, helping people save their homes. I can't imagine losing a home to a fire," Carolyn said.

And, she says, she's grateful for at least one other thing.

"Thank goodness for cell phones. If they have coverage, they touch base with me, send me texts," Carolyn said.

The Renner Fire Department is one of eight departments with the Wildland Association in South Dakota. Each year they train and assist in wildfire situations. Six, of eight, departments are assisting in this year's fires. Crews from Colton are up in North Dakota and four others are out in the Black Hills.

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