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Family of Volunteer Firefighters Fought the Vaughn View Fire
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Lu Toxvard, Ed Carlson, and Kennette Oldham, (dressed in yellow) mingle with firefighters from the Beulah Fire Department while keeping an eye on the Vaughn View fire
 
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What does your family do when they get together? The Carlson/Toxvard/Oldham families spent last weekend fighting a fire together. Several members of the families being volunteers for the Red Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department(RCVFR) put them into this situation this last weekend. The RCVFR is a wild land fire department specializing in first response firefighting and utilizes area residents as volunteers.

The RCVFR responded to the fire call for the fire later dubbed the Vaughn Fire at about 11:13 am on Saturday, June 27, 2020. They were the first to arrive on the scene and due to conditions soon requested aid from the Beulah Fire Protection District. As the fire grew, multiple agencies were called to help fight it , both on the ground and in the air.

Former Valley residents, Ed Carlson, daughter, Kennette Oldham, and Ed's son-in-law, Lu Toxvard responded right from the first. All of them now reside in the Red Creek Springs/ Siloam Road area and were working hard to protect their homes as well as their neighbors. Tammy Toxvard expressed, "It was super scary! The fire was less than two miles away from our home. My husband and sister and most of the volunteer firefighters from our area worked all night long.

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