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Firefighters finally enjoy a quiet weekend

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Some firefighters were fortunate enough to have a day off, after fighting fires for the last two weeks.

"Last couple of days have actually been real calm we've actually been able to sit down get stuff done on the trucks and kick back and relax," said Jonathan McClish, Noonday Fire Department.  

However, firefighter Jonathan McClish says that wasn't the case last week.

Mcclish says for the last two weeks he and the other noonday firefighters were putting in 15 hour days to fight the fires.

However this Sunday it's all about baseball, movies and relaxing.

"I'm a big Texas Rangers fan so it's been extremely hard keeping up with the games over these past two weeks now that we're in the post season and being able sit and relax," said James Broome, Noonday Fire Department.

James Broome says he's been volunteering for the last five years with the department, and says he's never experienced anything like the East Texas wildfires.

Broome says it's finally nice to have some downtime.

"It is relieving to know that they've slowed down but there's still a big chance that something catastrophic could happen because it is still extremely dry and fire danger is still high," said James Broome, Noonday Fire Department.

Noonday firefighters were also able to use the downtime for needed maintenance on their engine and brush trucks.

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