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Family suits up to protect land from Yale Road fire

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Paul Dashiell and his son Joe are exhausted.

"I got an hour of sleep last night," Joe explained.

Since this weekend they've been fighting the Yale Road fire, with practically no breaks.

Firefighters were on the other side of the fire, and hadn't made it to the family's canyon yet. So the family suited up and started putting out hot spots.

"They were out protecting structures," Paul said. "I can't say I blame them. It's pretty dangerous to be here, you can get trapped so easily."

They weren't going to let all this land go easily.

"Our grand-dad homesteaded this in 1886," Paul explained.

The fire was putting up quite the fight.

"I was thinking we have a heck of a mess because we had thirty or fourty foot flames," Paul said.

Finally, after three days relentlessly battling back, Paul hears a DNR tractor coming. Reinforcements are arriving.

"They're in here to mop up, and everyone's dog tired, so they're welcome," Paul said.

But if there's a fire next year....Paul and his sons are prepared.

"What I wanted to say is, I'm retired now. But, they forgot to take my hat and coat," Paul said.

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