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    Posted June 17, 2013 by
    Yosemitebear
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    Yosemite, California
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    Wildfires blazing near you

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Yosemitebear Vasquez, known for his viral 'double rainbow' video, shot this video Monday in Yosemite, California, where he lives. He said he planned to stay and defend his home, against evacuation orders, citing his background in firefighting and fire science studies. As mentioned below, he spoke to me on the phone as he shot the video.
    'I know this is a high fire danger, so I've been working on a plan. I got my water tank online, so now I'm ready. I want to protect my home and document it too, it's right on my front yard.' he said, adding that he shot this video with the same camera that he shot his viral rainbow video. 'I intend to stay here and protect my fruit trees and my house,' added the 50-year-old farmer and artist. 'I have an evacuation plan -- I'll throw my dogs in the car and take off. I'm not gonna risk my life for things, but I think I can handle it and I know my boundaries and know how I'll be safe.' (Please note: There is some profane language at around the :30 mark in this video.)
    Vasquez also shot photos of the wildfire from the mountain where he lives and witnesses awe-inspiring sights.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    This fire started yesterday Fathers Day June 16, 2013 around noon. I noticed it immediately and started filming. This footage was shot today Monday June 17, 2013 3 PM. I was on the phone with a CNN reporter when the flames started shooting up and this video starts.

     

    I was ordered to evacuate last night but refused the order because I have been planning for this for decades. My 2,500 gallon water tank went online two days before this fire. My well puts out a good water hose stream and my water tank puts out 2 streams and my hot tub another. I have 4 potential water hose lines, if only I had somebody here to help me man them. All the people who live here ran away like chickens. Ha. I fear nothing, I see it all as exciting, interesting and amazing!

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