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Oct 20, 2020 - Home!

I slept "around the clock" as my grandfather used to say. 10:30 last night to 10:30 this morning when my alarm clock woke me. Otherwise I might have not awakened in time for my long overdue haircut. I've thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful fall day which included a trip to town in the Crossfire. Next to family and sleep, I missed both of my vehicles on this trip. Nice to get home to my own SUV yesterday and have perfect convertible weather today. I'll do a wrap-up post soon. Maybe.

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Oct 17, 2020 - Day 45

This million acre (+) fire started 2 months ago today. Since that time, I've spent 45 days assigned to the fire. I'm happy to report that overall containment is now at 80%, and that I will begin my long trip home tomorrow. I'll have a 6 hour very scenic drive to Sacramento where I'll spend tomorrow night, then an early flight out on Monday morning. I'm not completely packed but my back informs me I'm done for tonight. Here are a few more pics from Eureka. Goodnight!!

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Oct 16, 2020 - Daylight and Darkness

I made it back to my favorite work location today! Then it was only a couple more miles to Arcata, which is the next town up the coast. We had gone there for dinner on Jen's last night here and I had seen impressive Victorian houses that I wanted to see in daylight. Well, I am glad I went back because otherwise I would have been sad I didn't make time to go. But I'll just say they looked better in the dark. My replacement ARA is here so we get a transition day together tomorrow. Then a whole day to wrap up, check out, and make the 6 hour...

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Oct 14, 2020 - Eureka

It was a gorgeous day here and I am a little frustrated I didn't make it to the beach. I could have gone for lunch and conference calls, but I thought I was going back to base camp with the IMET so I stayed here to work until almost time for my calls. I still could have made it to the beach but decided I would walk along the nearby bike path to a little harbor area so I would be available right away when the IMET got ready to leave. The walk and harbor were pretty but as it turns out I would have had way more than enough time for my beach...

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Oct 13, 2020 - Not my headaches

Goodness, what a day it was! I got my forecast done quickly and then had some administrative stuff to take care of. It's amazing how long it can take just to complete the paperwork for a what would seem to be a fairly easy task, but I got off to a pretty good start. I had asked the IMET if he was going back out today and he was, with hope of seeing a new area I wanted to see so we decided to go together. It is always good to go with someone else just to have an extra pair of eyes on the road or someone to help you think of an alternate plan...

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Oct 12, 2020 - 10 Down

Day 10 is done! It wasn't quite as difficult as Day 10 sometimes is. I think having an ocean to look at while on conference calls definitely helps! There is a new team here which is a challenge because there is a whole new set of names and faces to learn AND because they move things all around. Meaning the move groups of people around so even if you know what the new (masked) face sorta looks like, it might not be in the room you'd expect it to be in. It will take a couple of days for me to figure out who's who and where who is. By then it...

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Oct 11, 2020 - Nothing but Blue Skies...

We had a tiny bit of rain on the fire, ranging from 1/10" to 1/4". That isn't enough to stop the fire but it was enough to clear lingering smoke from the air and slow the fire for a few days. I managed to get out with the IMET and FBAN so here are some photos from today. Since each picture is worth a thousand words, I'm not going to write much tonight. Tomorrow will be the typically rough DAY 10 so I am trying to get a few extra minutes of sleep. Goodnight!

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Oct 10, 2020 - 4 OT

What a day! When I first considered this job, one of the things I liked most about it was being able to select the times I wanted to work. I was pretty sure I'd sign up for times in June, July, and August - being careful to finish up before football season. That was my plan. I would still prefer not to have assignments overlap with football season but I agreed to come this time and hoped I'd be able to figure out a way to watch or at least listen to some of my games. I got incredibly lucky today, because the game was on at noon Eastern (9...

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Oct 9, 2020 - Priorities

I remember being so tired on my first fire that I turned down the chance for an ice cream sundae so I could go straight to my tent for a few more minutes of sleep. So I knew fire duties could be all-encompassing enough to keep me from ice cream, which is a pretty big deal. But this fire assignment has topped even that. I am in Eureka which isn't exactly on the coast, but it is very close. Our hotel is on 3rd street and just two blocks away there is a harbor a half mile or so down First Street. I haven't made it to the harbor yet but I am...

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Oct 7, 2020 - Miraculous saves

I had two incredibly good strokes of luck today. The first was that I woke up 5 minutes before my alarm was due to go off, and I didn't fall completely back to sleep before wondering why I hadn't yet heard the alarm. I hadn't heard it because I had failed to plug in my phone and its battery had completely died. I could have WAY overslept but instead only snoozed 7 extra minutes before realizing it was time to be up (4:37 am). Next I worked on my smoke outlook for a little over an hour until I had my first draft. At that point I need to hit...

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Oct 6, 2020 - CO Headache

You may know that Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a product of incomplete combustion. So if you take 1 million acres of incompletely burned material, much of which continues to smolder, it produces a lot of smoke and besides particles in the smoke there may be carbon monoxide present. CO disperses very well when air is moving but not so well when air is stagnant in a confined area like a narrow river drainage with an inversion over it. SO our program decided to do some CO monitoring using 2 different types of sensors, despite the fact none of us...

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Oct 5, 2020 - Growdozers

I learned a new word today. When I told someone I was going up in the mountains to check on one of my monitors, she told me to be really careful of the growdozers. I told her that was a new term for me. She says those are the "Growers"...shorthand for cannabis growers....in the big, dirty "lifted" pickups who drive so aggressively you might feel like they are bulldozers trying to just push aside anyone who gets in their way. Yep; pretty accurate term! I stayed safe but air quality there was terrible, and in the hazardous range. The trip as...

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