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Oct 7, 2019 - Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Deliver Us From This Cabin in the Woods We will be off grid for the next 4 days so I won't be posting any more until after that. Day 29 We leave Pahrump and Nevada behind heading for our last State of California. Driving once again to Shoshone we turn South and skirt the boundary of Death Valley, passing Tecopa on the way to Baker, the Gateway to Death Valley. We pass much larger sand dunes than those at Mequite Flats and also hot springs. The sand here has also settled into the crevices of the mountains and has the appearance of yellow...

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Nov 20, 2018 - Carless

Usually my deployments include a rental car but this time the USFS District that was managing the incident told me they would loan me a car. That saves taxpayers money which is a good thing, but it meant someone had to pick me up when I arrived and bring me back to the airport tonight. That has been a very nice touch. But... ..I took the advice of the guy who was going to drive me back to Fresno and booked my room at the Picadilly Inn. It was probably quite the impressive hotel around 40 years ago. I know that by the landline that is still...

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Nov 19, 2018 - Home for Thanksgiving (if travel goes well)

Amazingly, I have a reservation to fly home on Wednesday! That means I spent today busily wrapping up all the documentation that has to be completed before I can leave. Tonight I will be packing (ugh...not the most fun part of heading home). I will work tomorrow morning and go through check out ("demobilization") tomorrow afternoon. Then I will travel to Fresno to spend the night before my flight Wednesday morning. This kind of packing is a little bit of a challenge. I'll try to keep out enough stuff for my overnight stay so that I won't...

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Nov 18, 2018 - Top of the World

Our fire has reached what we hope will be the containment line, and rain is in the forecast. If the containment holds and the rain comes, I will get to come home early. Yes, I am excited about that - despite the hotel room and short days. Will know more tomorrow. In the meantime here are some photos to enjoy and if you didn't see it, I posted an entry for yesterday. Goodnight!

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Nov 17, 2018 - Priceless

This entry is dated the 17th but is being written on the 18th (about yesterday). When I considered my availability calendar for fall, there were several big issues. First and second, my nephew's wedding and a shower for his lovely bride. And then.... there was FOOTBALL. I have rarely... VERY RARELY.... missed OU football for any reason. And Saturdays in fire camp are typically just as busy as other days. So I seriously considered staying off the calendar through fall. But I do love this job and I wanted to have one more assignment to put...

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Nov 16, 2018 - Well that's a first...

I got a chance to go out with our Public Information Officer to see more of our area. I might write more about it tomorrow but for now I'll just say it was nice until the sun went down and I still had about 20 miles of very steep and winding road to drive. I made my own self carsick. Didn't really know that was possible.... Coke for dinner and now...sleep!

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Nov 15, 2018 - Well behaved fire

After racing up to the ridgeline yesterday, our fire is backing down the other side at a nice pace. That might sound odd but the forest is full of very large dead trees that almost certainly will burn some day. Fire tends to move uphill very quickly and to back downhill slowly, as this one is doing. Burning down at a reasonable pace while consuming dead trees is ecologically the best scenario. The timing is far from perfect because weather is not letting smoke disperse and all of California is getting socked in by smoke from the Camp and...

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Nov 14, 2018 - Welcome to Sequoia National Forest

Today I finally got out of the office. I went to check on an air monitor at Camp Nelson. The monitor had been showing some readings higher than others around it so I wondered whether it was in need of cleaning or calibration. Besides, I was in need of some time away from my desk and I really wanted to get a look at how the smoke was behaving in the local topography. Camp Nelson is 16 miles from Springville, where I work. The elevation increase in those 16 miles is about 4,000 feet. I have been on roads as curvy but I'm not sure I have ever...

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Nov 13, 2018 - Lazy night

Even with reduced hours, I am very tired tonight. It might be that 12 hours followed by grocery shopping is not really a short day. Or it might just be that this bed is incredibly comfortable. Either way, just enjoy the photos and I'll try to write more tomorrow.

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Nov 12, 2018 - Somewhere in my youth or childhood....

...I must have done something good. All day long those lyrics have been dancing through my head (almost as contagiously as Boomer Sooner!). I know every fire is unique and so is every fire camp, but I never expected this kind of treatment. First of all, my fires are very small compared to the ones you are seeing covered on national news. I am assigned to the Alder fire but also covering the Mountaineer fire which is in close proximity. Both are in Sequoia National Forest which is just south of Sequoia National Park. The fire is classified...

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Nov 11, 2018 - California, Here I Come...again

Here we go again! I am NOT headed to the Camp Fire or to the big fires in Southern California. As of yesterday, Cal Fire (remember those guys in the spiffy uniforms?) had not ordered any ARAs for the for the fires they are managing. I'm going to the Alder Fire, which is in Sequoia National Forest (and therefore being managed by USFS, which utilizes more ARAs). It seems ironic to me but I have no complaints about heading toward another beautiful National Park and surrounding NF. Rumor has it I'll even be staying in a hotel - there is no fire...

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