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They deserve a lot more recognition than they get.


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Thanks SheepCamp and please pass our thanks along to your 287 brothers and sisters. [emoticon]


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thanks for being there Doug... was your daughter on this wild fire?

We saw the remains of the fire at the North Rim of the grand canyon that she fought a year or two ago.

I sent a link to our firefighters... son and daughter in law.

Stay safe!


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Posted: 08/30/09 09:19am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the great post - fire camp logistics are indeed impressive. The speed with which all these services get mobilized is pretty amazing.


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Thanks for the excellent description of your day at the office!

I very much appreciate the magnitude of your job having been "tent city mayor" for several exercises in the military. Camping with an air show. I am very envious of your catering and shower facilities. We always did it with two by fours and canvas.

Keep up the good work.


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Thanks for the behind the scenes tour.


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Part 2: Things go BIG!

With 200 or more in camp, the local’s restaurants could not keep us supplied with meals as they tried to help us and also serve their local customers. So Sunday evening a caterer was ordered to take over the food service. On monday afternoon four semi’s roll into camp from Big Sky Mobile Catering from Missoula, Montana after an all night drive. They bring a crew of about 20 cooks and support staff.

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By eight they had dinner ready for 240 firefighters. Healthy portions of pork chops, baked potato and green beans.

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They also have a quality salad bar and drink selections. Desert is always delicious after a good meal.

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They have a menu that keeps everyone coming back. We average about 5% veggie meals.
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The good food helps keep the crews going day after day. Normal day for the firefighters is to be up before six for breakfast. Morning briefing at 7:00 for the crew bosses, while the crewmembers load up with sack lunches (2 sandwiches, chips, fruit, granola bar, candy bar and two juice cans), water and Gatorade for the day, and any needed supplies. Everyone hits the road about 8:00 for their assigned tasks. It is about a 30 minute drive across the canyon from ICP and up to the fire. When the fire is active, most of these crews would return to camp between 9:00 to 10:00 pm for dinner and sleep. When things slowed down, 8:00 was the normal return time with dinner after they prepped their equipment and debriefed. Layout from left to right: Gray water truck, small trailer is hand wash station with hot water, kitchen and serving in several connected semi trailers. Salad bar, and drinks in first tent. Seating for 200 in next two tents.
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Personal hygiene is always an issue when you have a camp of this size. Also on Monday a shower unit rolled it to help with these issues. 12 stalls and unlimited hot water were a welcome treat as the ash and sweat were beginning to cause some discomfort.
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After the blowup, the Air Show gets into gear. Sikorsky Sky Crane with 2000 tank
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Aerospatiale Super Puma drafts out of the Dolores River. Had 6 helicopters assigned to this fire.
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Bell Super 205 (Vietnam type Huey) sits at helibase ½ mile from camp in a cut alfalfa field.
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Single engine air tanker (SEAT) makes a drop. Also had larger air tankers at times.
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For all the great work air tankers and helicopters do, they do not put out the fire. Their air drops must be followed up by the ground crews that can now get closer and be safer as they build the line that will actually control the fire. The fire grew during the early part of the week to 6779 acres. Total in camp maxed at 287 firefighters and overhead.

Here it comes, are your ready to try and stop it???
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Working to keeping it from jumping the road. It did in a couple places, but they always caught them before it got away.
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Members of the Juniper Valley crew build a fireline across a rocky slope
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An ambulance with 2 fireline qualified medics patrolled the fire during the day and ran a medical clinic in the mornings and evening for the daily problems such as cuts, ash in the eyes and blisters. We had no accidents on the fire and only a couple minor injuries that needed medical attention.

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No job is done until the paperwork is done. The overhead team works in a non-air conditioned trailer taking care of daily time cards for all 287 people, contracts for every engine, dozer, road grader, and water tender. They also track the porta potties, trash hauler, and other supplies ordered to the fire. They work long days to keep the fire on track. Planning and operations also work out of the cramped trailer producing a multipage Incident Action Plan each evening for the morning briefing with everyone’s assignments for the day.

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The highlight of the fire was some time I got to spend with my son who is with the Alpine Hotshots out of Rocky Mountain National Park. His eighth year in wildland fire (started at 17 in Montana). My daughter also spent 3 years on a wildland engine at the North Rim of Grand Canyon. Damn girl is a better sawyer than I am !!! They must have learned it from the 28 years that they spent in a house with a volunteer firefighter.

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Note: Most of the pictures of camp are mine. Fireline pictures are from firefighters working the fire that turned them into ICP for our records (several hundred photos).


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Posted: 08/29/09 09:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fantastic post... thanks for sharing.

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Wow! What an operation! You guys are in our prayers. [emoticon]

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Fantastic! I am humbled. I was in a campground near Lake Shasta a few years back with a group from the CA firefighters...good folks! Keep SAFE!! THX for posting! Capt PJ


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