(Angela Greenwood Reporting)
The Sierra Hotshots head to the same wildfire that killed 19 members of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots on Sunday.
The hotshot crew was ready for that call of duty to Arizona, ready to do what they do best.
But there's no doubt that following Sunday's tragedy, the Sierra crew will be fighting that fire with heavy hearts.
Sierra Hotshot Ken Jordan said, "we don't expect to die on the fire line, we expect to live and come home to our families."
Fire crews know risks and battling a blaze can quickly become a battle to survive. "It saddens us. We're still processing what went on there and we know that we might be in the same situation," said Jordan.
It's a tough reality that hits very close to home for the members of the Sierra Hotshots.
Just like in Arizona, this crew is trained to battle the most challenging and dangerous fires.
Sierra Hotshot Alan Roby said, "The hotshot community is pretty tight knit community, so I didn't physically know them, but you know them because you do the same job."
The Sierra Hotshots left their Oakhurst station and headed to Arizona late Monday and will go to work Tuesday morning.
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