July 10th, 2013

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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.
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