Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Life at Mt. Gate Helibase
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ More water dropped on more fire today....This would be a nasty place for ground firefighting too, (like the Yosemite fire) but for different reasons. Same steep terrain, bears, rattlesnakes and poison oak, but there are streams that cut through old mining areas that are highly toxic hazmat superfund cleanup sites. There are also vertical mine shafts all over the place. A fire crew tried to escape the fire heat in an old mine, just to find boxes of dynamite that were dated 1955....
Back at the relative safety of the helibase, things are working like they should. To the far left of my panorama shot try, you'll see the HEMTT that fuels the Chinook. 8 wheel drive, 4 wheel steering. Military knows the importance of moving fuel no matter what; I bet Byrin could make a helluva cool RV out of one. Here's my crew waiting for a mission in the Chinook. (We'd never just hang out in the back of our copter back home. Our Teeny tiny copter back home) Any guess why you never approach a Chinook from the front with rotors turning?