Bobcat fire is personal to Jerry Garcia, a firefighter and ultra runner who knows land

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We’re thrilled to share with you the latest LA Times article featuring our #RWURaceTeam member, Jerry Garcia. Here’s a tidbit from the article:

In the early days of the Bobcat fire, Crew 63 got a call to head for Angeles National Forest, into the mountains where flames barreled through tall grass and chaparral.

The fire was making a push toward Azusa Canyon, smoke blowing too thick for helicopter reconnaissance, so Jerry Garcia grabbed one of his men and hiked a few miles up a dirt road to scout the situation.

 

As a veteran crew boss for the U.S. Forest Service, Garcia was looking for a place where his people could make a stand. Though he had fought fires for more than a decade, this time felt different.

 

“Honestly,” he says, “my stomach was churning.”

There was room for his crew to start working with chainsaws and hand tools, so that wasn’t a problem. Something else bothered him.

Away from his job, Garcia ranks among Southern California’s top ultra runners, distinguishing himself among an uncommon band of athletes who test themselves on 100-mile courses, scrambling across wilderness through day and night.

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