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    Posted May 16, 2014 by
    Carlsbad, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    California wildfires

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    These are the real heroes


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     lisat61 photographed firefighters resting in Carlsbad, California, on May 15, after battling wildfires in the area. She says this group of firefighters had been working over 24 hours to protect and area and were catching up on some rest outside in 95 degree weather. 'These guys are heroes,’ she said. 'I was sweating and uncomfortable just getting out of my air conditioned car. I can’t begin to imagine how these guys felt.' She says the fire in her area is now contained, which is a relief to her because earlier in the week she was evacuated after flames came dangerously close to her home.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    On Wednesday morning, May 14, 2014, a fast-moving fire ignited just east of the Aviara residential area in Carlsbad, CA.  Fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds and unseasonably warm temperatures, the fire moved rapidly to the west, scorching over 400 acres, but sparing hundreds of houses, two schools, and numerous commercial buildings.  Its no accident that these structures were saved - the community owes A HUGE THANK YOU to these brave men and women who worked for over 48 hours in near 100 degree heat and strong unpredictable winds, inhumane conditions, to preserve our community. They only rested when they couldn't go on.  Thanks to these amazing firefighters, nearly all homes in the community are intact following the Carlsbad Poinsettia Fire.  Its truly a miracle, for which we are all extremely grateful.

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