?

Log in

No account? Create an account

July 10th, 2013

Sayiing Goodby To The Hotshots

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK


            In my almost 33 years as a firefighter, the biggest brush fire I ever fought covered around 100 acres. It took hours and several fire departments to bring under control.

There are 640 acres in a square mile.

            The fire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona on the last day of June burned 13 square miles, in its first day. It was just getting started.

            Just wrap your mind around the size of this fire. The average wildland fire in the West last year got up to 330 acres, but that includes all the slower moving ones, or the ones close to urban areas that could get stomped down in a hurry.

            When you can’t stomp it down in a hurry, you call in the Hotshots.
           There are only about 110 Hotshot crews in the entire country, each of them with about 20 members. If Smoke Jumpers are the paratroopers of the fire service, then Hotshots are the Navy SEALS, taking point and going in to those places no one else can seem to reach. They leave not just roads, but trails, wading into the wild with fifty pounds of equipment: tools, radios, first aid equipment, food, water, everything they need to survive aloneCollapse )

Latest Month

October 2019
S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow