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Appreciations, not pies, are what Southern Arizona firefighters need
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Appreciations, not pies, are what Southern Arizona firefighters need

Of course firefighters love homemade pies.

But please, don’t bring them any.

“They have everything they need,” says Heidi Schewel, spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest, where the large Burro, Lizard and Frye fires are burning, as well as several smaller ones mostly as a result of dry lightning strikes.

She’s not being polite. They really do have everything they need, from sunscreen to water to food.

“The fire camps are self-contained,” said Schewel. “And the food and diet requirements are very strict. They are professional athletes and have specific diet and nutrition requirements.”

But there is something you can do for the more than 1,400 firefighters fighting blazes around Tucson, says Schewel.

“If people want to show appreciation, they can post signs where they can be seen. If they want to write thank-you notes, we can put those notes into their lunches. …

“A lot of firefighters are separated from their families, so those personal touches, letting them know they are appreciated, means a lot.”

Drop off appreciation notes at the fire information center at Sabino High School, 5000 N. Bowes Road.

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at or 573-4128. On Twitter: @kallenStar

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Kathleen has covered the arts for the Star for 20 years. Previously, she covered business, news and features for the Tucson Citizen. A near-native of Tucson, she is continually amazed about the Old Pueblo's arts scene and feels lucky to be covering it.

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