Community members came together Aug. 14 to deliver cookies and other treats to Cal Fire Station 12 in Oakhurst as a way to express their gratitude for putting out the Aug. 11 West Fire that threatened to destroy homes west of Crane Valley Road (426).
In an effort to show their appreciation a group of neighbors, who's homes were in danger, delivered a generous amount of cookies and snacks to Cal Fire MMU (Madera-Mariposa-Merced) - Station 12.
With the help of neighbors, Maria Vizmeg, personally delivered cookies to the fire station following the fire that nearly destroyed her home. Vizmeg says the fire came within 600 feet of her property and thinks without the firefighters quick response they might have lost their home.
"Everybody felt that we needed to do something for the fireman who did such a beautiful job to save the homes and contain the fire that day we just wanted to show our appreciation for the fireman," Vizmeg said.
The 20-acre fire threatened homes before firefighters responded on the ground and through the air to suppress the flames. Members of the community said the fire was under control within six hours of first reports.
More than 11 different stations and agencies were called to extinguish the fire that started near the corner of John West Road and West View Drive.
Fire Captain Gunner Johnson said the food was distributed among all the departments who were involved and thinks it was a great gesture from the community.
"It's always nice to be appreciated ... although it is our job," Johnson said.
Cal Fire reported 150 firefighters, three helicopters and four airplanes were used to extinguish the flames of the fire.
Johnson says this season has been tough due to this years dry weather creating ideal conditions for fires.
"It's been fairly busy this summer and we still have a ways to go before it rains."
The cause of the West Fire in still unknown and under investigation.