HARLAN, IA (KPTM) - After 18 days of battling wildfires out in Idaho, it's home sweet home for a trio of firefighters who helped the state fight the flames.
"We were in a really hot area with a lot of action," said Commander Jason Wickizer.
"It really got your adrenaline pumping," added firefighter Chad Kroger.
Kroger was one of three Harlan firefighters to make the trip to Idaho. Among the hazards he faced, trees falling and smoke spreading through thousands of acres of land.
"It was a whole different ballgame out there," said Kroger.
With the help of several agencies at the scene, Commander Wickizer is proud to say both fires are contained.
"This group just really clicked and fire service in general is like a family."
Back home in Iowa for the first time in close to three weeks, the firefighters will now reunite with their friends and family.
"It feels pretty good to be back home and it's like freedom again," said Kroger.
The firefighters also plan to get back to their daily routine and get as much rest and relaxation whenever possible.
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