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Miss. Firefighters Return From Wildfire Front Lines

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A group of elite Mississippi firefighters have returned home after wrapping up an assignment on the front lines of a major wildfire.

The crew of 19 firefighters arrived in Pearl Monday afternoon. Their journey back to Mississippi from California took two days.

The firefighters spent 2 weeks battling the Rim wildfire in Yosemite National Park, where safety was the number one priority.

Armed with 45 pounds of equipment, they were forced to hike through mountainous terrain to set back fires and build lines to contain the blaze.

And they often went for days without taking a bathe.

“We basically helped many, many crews build a box around the existing fire to hold it in,” said crew boss Greg Rolison.

Khristina Harper was the only woman on the team of firefighters. Some of the men questioned why she was there. But Harper says she qualified and did everything the guys did, from “digging line, trail work, slinging brush, to walking up steep slopes...”    

When the Mississippi team left, the wildfire was 80 percent contained.

The firefighters say they are happy to be back home with their families where they were looking forward to some rest and relaxation.

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