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08-18-2016, 03:27 PM
They've been out of control for some days now if not longer. My heart goes out to those effected and especially the fire crews in the inferno.


amish rob
08-18-2016, 03:40 PM
There has been one going somewhere for as long as I can recall it seems this year. My wife was stuck in one down south earlier, and our extended family just narrowly missed the Goose fire.
It is dry dry dry, TONS of dead trees. It is scary.

I admire all the fire crews greatly. Brave people.

08-18-2016, 03:43 PM
Our turn will come starting about november. Record july temperatures world wide.

08-18-2016, 08:45 PM
Still waiting to hear if we are returning.

Hope so.

08-18-2016, 09:53 PM
Still waiting to hear if we are returning.

Hope so.

Does your outfit still have one in Hamilton?

Joe (SoCal)
08-18-2016, 10:02 PM
It's all we hear out here. The current big Blue Cut fire is only about an hour north of us.

B-Dub if you heading down here give us a call if you need a place or a meal or just a friendly forum member ;)

08-18-2016, 10:58 PM
Does your outfit still have one in Hamilton?

Yep, but the helo I'm assigned to moved to southern Wyoming. I see that they've been flying a bit. Hard to believe there was any fire left after that serious rain.

08-18-2016, 10:59 PM
It's all we hear out here. The current big Blue Cut fire is only about an hour north of us.

B-Dub if you heading down here give us a call if you need a place or a meal or just a friendly forum member ;)

Well do.

We're at the mercy of the USFS, and they tell us where to go.

Joe (SoCal)
08-19-2016, 07:31 PM
Some AMAZING photos of the fire about an hour northeast of me

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14021730_10210599296044440_1369520535661558450_n.j pg?oh=e04f8f952bcd129b14fc23ce72d15c3d&oe=58501742

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14021588_10210599296644455_5063244071655982940_n.j pg?oh=167506dcc40ec8914e85cc7ae4103256&oe=5812D8FE

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https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14067441_10210599297884486_3896909759833779626_n.j pg?oh=be461f1f6f723beb5d8630085db96d1d&oe=58191624

https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13925021_10210599298484501_9061648490691548695_n.j pg?oh=0cd5f02218497b1ea55c26ff9d42b98c&oe=5814AD8C

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Joe (SoCal)
08-19-2016, 07:34 PM
https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13939352_10210599300804559_6454323731917714072_n.j pg?oh=71b46ebc72e11db2534d0c8e8dccaf4c&oe=584BFED7


https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14079726_10210599301764583_3531327120317206774_n.j pg?oh=545f315e89cb8f36d0f4745b40c5c53c&oe=5848BD8B

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https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13872627_10210599303044615_591303547710036242_n.jp g?oh=857caa088a6132282ee041219cb72b93&oe=5810BBE1

08-19-2016, 09:04 PM
I've seen pics like tis before, even been in place fighting such fires but they always shock Joe. Keep safe.

08-19-2016, 11:44 PM
My niece and her family live in Beaumont, which is south of I-15, so I've been checking the fire maps.

My first wildfire was near Banning, in those steep, rocky, brushy mountains, and we almost bought it. Got trapped by a windshift and had to run through the fire at a low point to get behind the flames. Burnt all the hair off my legs inside my Nomex trousers. I sat down on a rock and burned my arse. Then the planes roared in and doused us with retardant, which is like a mix of brickdust and snot. It felt cool, which was nice.

That chapparal brush has a short natural fire-cycle, like 20 years, and the firefighting forces have stamped out most of the fires for years so there is now grass and shrub cover on those mountains that's 40 or 50 years old, just aching to burn, plus all the dead conifers from beetle-kill and drought. Fires in fine (grass) and medium (shrub) cover are really dangerous because they can move much faster than a person can run, and generate intense heat.

On one fire, the heat radiating from burning slopes started the resinous shrubs on the opposite slope outgassing, and the whole thing went up, ka-boom, with one ember. On another fire, a crew got trapped when a burning packrat ran across their line below. They survived, medium-rare. Scary work, for sure.