Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Some real firefighting
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We dropped a total of 68,600 gallons of water on the fire today. We didn't stop the fire. We saved some of the scenic forest around Whiskeytown Lake and kept a road from burning over so people could evacuate, but 5 people still got burned up pretty bad.
I'm beat. Back for more tomorrow, just don't know what division we'll be working. The one picture is another CH 47, a Columbia Helicopters ship I managed in the Butler II fire. I'm in the same kind of copter (Except it's olive drab with pink flames.....Plus we can lift a bigger bucket. 2000 gallons.)