Colorado firefighters return from helping battle western U.S. wildfires

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DENVER -- The huge wildfires in the western United States have drawn firefighters from all over the country, including many from Colorado.

Two firefighters from West Metro Fire and Rescue just returned home from Alaska and Northern California.

And Lt. Ken Inglee of the Denver Fire Department also just returned from a tour of duty. He spent 20 days near Willow Creek in California.

"We were in extremely rugged country. I've been in Colorado most all my life but this hillside was steep and the trees were huge. I mean trees that were 4 and 5 feet in diameter and [they were] falling at night up on the hill. It was quite an experience," he said.

Inglee said while he has been on Denver's wildland fire team for three years, he gained valuable experience in California that he plans to pass on to other members of the department.