At any given moment

Being responsible in what youre doing, if youre out. Beth Long explained while getting interrupted.

.firefighters can get called out to a fire.

Thats us, she said and we had to pause our interview.

Long is a firefighter for the Northwest Fire District.

With no hesitation, she got ready by putting on her gear.

The gear she wears to battle wild land fires is much different than the 80 pound gear she puts on to battle a building fire. Its lighter weight and more breathable, Long saying, Because youre generally doing longer stints of physical activity outside.

It also doesnt require her to wear a mask.

On the ride over, Long is usually feeling a rush.

Were obviously there because something bad is going on, but we all go in with confidence in our abilities, she said.

Long and her fellow firefighters train to battle wildfires every year. She said many of them start during monsoon because of careless people or weather.

Lightning is a big one. Its touching down far more frequently, she said.

She said the wildfires combined with the monsoons burn off vegetation and loosen the soil. That means she has to consider mudslides.

However, one other thing thats always on her mind: her fellow firefighters.

So when we do get on those scenes there isnt fear, and we can just jump into action and deal with whatevers thrown our way, Long said.

Golder Ranch Fire Department also battles wild land fires during monsoon.

Their captain, Colin Port, said one of the toughest parts about the job is working a schedule that can be demanding.

Were talking about 2 weeks at a time working 16 hour days. That begins to wear on you, he said.

A tough schedule means making sure every firefighter is in shape. Thats why they take a physical ability test every year.

No matter what the season is, theyre always preparing for monsoon, even months before.

We look at seasonal forecasts and we start that early. We start that back in January, Port said.

Since fires can be similar to each other, preparing starts with looking at other fires because some can last 15 minutes, but others like the Big Horn Fire in 2020, can last a month.

Weve had fires where initial attack resources have worked up to 30 hours without getting a break, he said.

Thats why they dont just rely on each other to get the job done, but they also rely on the community to prevent fires.

If there is a wildfire and youre requested to evacuate, that thats probably in the best interest for your safety, Port said.