Monthly Archives: August 2016

Man on Fire

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Cottonwood…prescribed burning near Pine Dale, WY, early June…

For the six or so people that have been reading my infrequent posts, there’s a reason for the infrequency.

I’m supposed to be writing about all things medieval on this blog. Build my brand. Generate sales. Pique interest. Stun readers with my historical acumen. Yadda yadda. But it’s hard to get fired up (as it were) about all things medieval when I’m getting my ass kicked on fire assignments. Last year, this part of Wyoming didn’t have much of a fire season. Plus, I came out here in early August and almost immediately went out for two weeks to fight fires in Utah and Idaho. In September, I went to California and worked the Valley fire, not far from Clear Lake. And that was pretty much it. Things have been a little different this year. Here’s a rundown of the season. There are photos to go along with most of these. For several, though, I was either preoccupied with a chainsaw (the River Fire). Or miserable. Or both (the Woods Canyon Fire) …

3-4 June … Cottonwood controlled burn near Pine Dale, WYIMG_1370

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Wagon Fire

July is when things really went bananas …

4 July … the Wagon Fire, just off the Lupine Meadows Trail, GTNP …

10 July … the River Fire, near the Gros Ventre River, GTNP …

17-31 July … the Cliff Creek Fire … Bondurant, WY …

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Cliff Creek Fire
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Cliff Creek … backfiring operation …

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It hasn’t stopped in August, either …

6 August … the Airport Fire (aptly named as it started east of Jackson Airport) …

7 August … Two fires! The Moosehead and Woods Canyon. Due to time/space/distance considerations, I could only work on one: Woods Canyon (just above Jackson). Got a helicopter ride out of it. Also got drenched and hailed on by three successive storm fronts, hence the lack of photographs.

8 August … the Popcorn Fire, Bridger-Teton NF …

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Popcorn Fire

10 August … Fish Creek II, Bridger-Teton┬áNF … didn’t fight it, just dropped off a couple of people to work it …

12 August … Another two fire day! Although, the first was an abandoned campfire so it doesn’t really count. That one was the Spread Creek Fire, Bridger-Teton NF. The second one was the Glade Creek Fire, GTNP. Another helicopter ride … And we worked it until 14 August.

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Seeing crap like this makes me lose faith in my fellow man. What kind of shit head does this in a National Forest!?! It makes the case for armed surveillance drones to patrol campsites.
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There’s nothing less fun than having to clean up some idiot’s mess …

Sunset at the Glade Creek Fire ...
Sunset at the Glade Creek Fire …

I had today off, but a substantial storm rolled through here, and a couple of smoke reports have come in. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Anywho, as I said before, writing during fire season is difficult. I’m looking forward to getting back to the 14th century. I’ll just have to wait until October …