Jan the Fire Girl
Jan the Fire Girl

This is me at the Shasta College Dorms just about a week or so before I was to report to Whitmore Fire Station

One Beer Too Many!
One Beer Too Many!

This is what started it all. Too much beer at a dorm party that resulted me taking on a dare. That's my dorm roommate Cheryl on the left. Partners in crime!

Whitmore Fire Station
Whitmore Fire Station

This photo was actually taken in 2006. It shows the entrance to the fire station. The barracks are on the right and the shop and office are on the left. All of these buildings have since been demolished to make way for a new station.

Jan the Fire Girl
Jan the Fire Girl

This is me at the Shasta College Dorms just about a week or so before I was to report to Whitmore Fire Station

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Bonus Photos


These are photos that didn't make it into the book and some current photos of interest to Fire Girl readers.

Bonus Photos!

Click on each photo gallery to enlarge and get the full description of each photo!

 
CalFire Tanker
CalFire Tanker

This was taken directly over our house!

Tanker Dropping Fire Retardant
Tanker Dropping Fire Retardant

This photo was taken from our house!

Lightning
Lightning

I took this photo from my porch during a massive lightning storm in 2009.

CalFire Tanker
CalFire Tanker

This was taken directly over our house!

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Fires in Jan's neighborhood.

 

While writing the book Fire Girl, there were a total of seven fires that CDF responded to that were very close to Jan Mendoza's house. One nieghbor nearly lost her home when a grass fire ripped through her entire property.  Here are the photos.

Whitmore Past and Present

Jan and her husband owned a 4000 gallon water tender from 2005-2014 and here are scenes from fires they worked on with the US Forest Service and Cal Fire.  2008 was an especially busy year for fires in California!