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Family saves ranch of 30 years from the destructive Stagecoach Fire

The Stagecoach fire destroyed over two dozen structures, one family fought back
Posted at 12:02 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 03:02:20-04

It’s the fire that burned nearly 8,000 acres and over two dozen structures earlier this month. The Stagecoach fire now fully contained, near Havilah , South of Lake Isabella. 23ABC’s Kylie Walker now hears from one family who worked together to save their own ranch.

Steven Nickson tells us when the fires first broke out he drove down from the Sacramento area to help save his family ranch of 30 years. He says the structure was located on the opposite side of the fire line that firefighters were working to tackle.

So Nickson and 3 of his family members had to take it upon themselves and think quick, saving nearly 8 acres of trees surrounding their family’s property.

Nickson tells us he and his brother-in-law were able to calm the flames down using just two gallon jugs of water. Nickson says, “he ran right towards it. There was no care in the world, but it’s one of his favorite places to go. So he wasn’t going to lose that fight, not for one minute.”