Volunteer firefighter saves his own cabin from wildfire

PANGUITCH, Utah (KSTU) -- Jim Doyan, JD to his friends, lives in a cabin looking down at Panguitch Lake. When he moved there, he decided to get involved in his community.

"I volunteered to help other people," said Doyan.

He joined the Panguitch Lake volunteer fire department. Little did he know, it would be his own department racing to the rescue when a wind shift pushed the flames of the Brian Head Fire to his back door.

"If I wouldn't have been a volunteer fireman, with my brother [firemen] waiting for us. I would have lost the house totally," said Doyan.

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PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A wildfire burned up to the the edge of a home but left it standing on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
An aerial photo of wildfires burning across almost 50,000 acres near the ski resort of Brian Head, about 245 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah is shown in this handout photo provided June 27, 2017. Courtesy Lt. Governor Spencer J Cox/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Fighters prepare to move into the woods to fight a wildfire that is burning on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Fighters move into the woods to fight a wildfire that is burning on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Fighters move into the woods to fight a wildfire that is burning on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
An aerial photo of wildfires burning across almost 50,000 acres near the ski resort of Brian Head, about 245 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah is shown in this handout photo provided June 27, 2017. Courtesy Lt. Governor Spencer J Cox/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Cabins in the Mammoth subdivision sits empty as a wildfire moves toward the evacuated community on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A cabin in the Mammoth subdivision sits empty as a wildfire moves toward the evacuated community on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A helicopter moves out of the smoke after a water drop on a wildfire that is burning on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A cabin in the Mammoth subdivision sits empty as a wildfire in the background moves toward the evacuated community on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A barbecue sits under a tin roof in the remains of a house after a wildfire moved through the area on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A wildfire burns through trees and ground cover on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Wood timbers still smolder after after a wildfire moved through the area and burned this house to the ground on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Green grass on the left and ashes on the right show the effects of a wildfire that moved through the area on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Burned trees fill a smoke filled valley as far as they eye can see after a wildfire moved through the area on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A firefighter stands watch over his crew for flareups as they work a wildfire that is burning in the area on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A wildfire burns through trees on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A fire coordinator talks on the radio at the Panguitch Lake headquarters on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A burnt fence is all that is left of a house after a wildfire moved through the area on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: Two boats are anchored off shore as smoke from a wildfire fills the air over Panguitch Lake on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 24: A wild deer looks for food after brush and trees were burned from a wildfire above Panguitch Lake on June 24, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 33,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 24th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A flare still burns after being left by firefighters to start a back fire on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 25: A wildfire burns through trees and ground cover on June 25, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 43,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 25th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 24: Trees are scorched from a wildfire above Panguitch Lake on June 24, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 33,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 24th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 24: Thick smoke moves over Panguitch Lake as a wildfire burns out of control on June 24, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 33,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 24th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PANGUITCH, UT - JUNE 24: A Utah highway patrolman turns cars around that were trying to head up to Panguitch Lake where a wildfire is burning on June 24, 2017 outside Panguitch, Utah. The fire named the 'Brian Head Fire' started last week and has burned more then 33,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes as of June 24th. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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The department was already helping with efforts to protect all the homes in the Panguitch Lake area. Jim jumped into action, taking on some of the most aggressive and destructive firefighting effort.

"I had to use my own backhoe to dig my own roof to break it out to find the smoldering and flame coming out of the roof from the insulation."

Some of that insulation is now hanging through a hole in the ceiling inside the house. The back porch is burnt and boarded up. But the house is still standing and JD's fellow fire fighters are not done yet.

"The boys up here are saying it's going to be an old school type barn raising. We'll just get your house back up together and everyone will be partying," Doyan said.

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