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Farmers find themselves on the front lines of Yale Road Fire

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FREEMAN, Wash. -

In his nearly five decades of living in the freeman area, Mark LaShaw says he's never seen anything like what hit on Sunday.

"We got word, 'Hey if you you can bring a tractor and a disc, go that direction.' So we did right away. Got there as soon as we could, headed to Valleyford, and boy it was intense," Mark says.

In a video shot by Mark's wife Barb inside their tractor, you can see just how intense the Yale Road Fire was as they raced to get in front of it to try and save their neighbors' homes.

"It was really scary," Barb says. "You see a wall of fire and you're going through it to save someone's home, you don't think about it as you're going through it. It's kind of like that split second as you're going through it, you're like 'Are you kidding me?!'"

At Wednesday's community meeting at Freeman High School, firefighters thanks local farmers, saying they helped make the difference. Barb says Freeman is a tight-knit community where neighbors are more like family and that everyone takes care of each other.

"It's our community. They're our friends, they're our family. They're everything to us. I know they would do it for us in a heartbeat. So we did it for them."

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