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WATCH: California fire department shares video of Creek Fire

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(CNN) — Dramatic video from a California fire department shows the intensity of being a first responder and the challenges facing firefighters.

The video posted by the Merced Fire Department documents the first 12 hours of the destructive Creek Fire.

You can see the point of view from firefighters driving through a dangerous glowing street lined with homes in varying forms of destruction.

Along with the video, the fire department posted this message from first responders to Facebook:

It is hard for our firefighters to put to words what their feelings are sometimes. They work hard and right to the edge of danger, at times they are able to save homes and other times they are overrun. It breaks their hearts when the fire wins.

City of Merced Fire Department

The nearly two-week fire in the Sierra National Forest has charred more than 220,000 acres and is 18-percent contained.

The cause is under investigation.

It is hard for our firefighters to put to words what their feelings are sometimes. They work hard and right to the edge of danger, at times they are able save homes and other times they are overran. It breaks their hearts when the fire wins. We thought we would share some video from the first 12 hours of work on the #creekfire ... we waited until all residents on this street were notified before the images were approved to be released. OES 393 along with many other engines fought until the final moments of being pinched off by the fire. The end of the road was being over ran by fire and full of engines as well. They stayed fighting as long as they “safely” could. Then drove through a wall of flames to get out. We share these images so communities can see what our firefighters and many other firefighters across the nation are doing to save the homes of those they don’t know. Please be safe out there and evacuate when told to do so. -#firefighter #wildlandfirefighter #californiafires

Posted by City of Merced Fire Department on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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