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Wildland Foundation Supporting Carpenter 1 Firefighters

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LAS VEGAS -- It's been a tough wildfire season for hotshot crews across the country.

They've lost 23 firefighters in the line of duty in just three weeks, including the 19 in Prescott, Ariz.

July 7, 1994 is a date Carpenter 1 fire's incident commander Rich Harvey cannot easily forget.

"That day, 14 firefighters lost their lives," Harvey said.

Those lives lost were a springboard for an organization that would help firefighters and their families for years to come: the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

"If you're supporting them, I guarantee you're supporting us," Harvey said.

The foundation gets donated money directly to firefighters and families hurt or killed in the line of duty.

When it comes to Carpenter 1, firefighters are asking the community to funnel money instead of bringing water or Gatorade.

Burk Miner just returned from helping the families of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona.

"No better wake up call than losing 19 members of a hotshot crew," Miner said.

The foundation helped transport their remains and plan a massive memorial service. Many of the crews fighting Carpenter 1 on Mount Charleston were also there.

'This is probably one of the biggest families you'll ever see," Miner said. "Just because that hotshot crew that died in Arizona was an Arizona crew, these guys have trained and worked on the line with all these hotshot crews."

Miner said hotshots across the country are going to need the community's continued support.

"We still have a long and treacherous road ahead of us this year," Miner said. "All these guys do. "

This comes as fire crews at Mount Charleston face flash flooding, mudslides and dangerous storm conditions.

The Red Cross of Southern Nevada is also asking people to donate cash instead of water or food.

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