Lives shattered and homes destroyed in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada

In the town of Merced nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, 8am is rush hour

The roads are gridlocked, but with fire engines. These commuters are heading to a more dangerous workplace than most.

Among the 3,000 firefighters on this vast operation is battalion chief Jeremy Snyder.

He has brought his team more than 300 miles from San Diego
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