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Z. Davidson (left) and her husband Matt Davidson in the field during a hotshot shift. Crews are scheduled 16-hour days for 14 days, but can be extended to 21 days during high need. (Annie Gilbertson/KPCC)
Z. Davidson (left) and her husband Matt Davidson in the field during a hotshot shift. Crews are scheduled 16-hour days for 14 days, but can be extended to 21 days during high need. (Annie Gilbertson/KPCC)
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Firefighters in California are beginning to get the San Bernardino forest fire under control. The wildfire began Sunday and quickly burned nearly 8,000 acres.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters called "hotshots" can spend weeks at a time battling these kinds of blazes, and also clearing away foliage to create barriers to stop fires from spreading.

Annie Gilbertson of Here & Now contributor KPCC spent the day with families waiting for their hotshot to return home.

Read more on this story via KPCC.

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Annie Gilbertson, KPCC investigative reporter. She tweets @AnnieGilbertson.

This segment aired on August 12, 2016.

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