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Rio Rico firefighters work to beat Dixie Fire as it continues to burn

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Sep 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-06 20:21:11-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — While wildfires are blazing in California, Southern Arizona is offering a helping hand.

Firefighters from Rio Rico are offering medical help and California's second-biggest fire.

Brett Moffitt is one of four that has spent two weeks offering his help.

“We've been working with some heavy equipment as they've been putting in containment lines, like bulldozer lines. Working with big machinery as they're thinning fuel and trees. So, we've been supportive in that role for them," he said.

He said when he got the call he was headed to the fire he had mixed emotions.

“Sometimes you're going to go to a really big [fire] that's really complicated and involves a lot of people that are there-- other times they might be a little more straightforward," he said.

The twelve-year firefighting veteran knows he’s making a difference.

“It's nice having that opportunity to actually feel like you're affecting, hopefully, some positive change and doing some good work,” said Moffitt.

He said he’s felt the support from the community.

“All along roadways, there will be signs that residents have put up --'Thank you firefighters,' 'Thank you first responders,' things like that. So, we definitely feel the support from the local communities. That's not in any short supply, so it's noticed it's appreciated," said Moffitt.

While Moffitt will return to Arizona this week, more Rio Rico firefighters have headed to beat the blaze.

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