I first had a long flight from Charlotte to Portland, OR. I then had an hour and thirty minute layover before flying to Redmond, OR. I landed at 11 p.m. or 2 a.m. my time and immediately ran into a fellow firefighter that was having problems. Evidently, he had traveled from New Mexico and didn't have a ride to the fire that he was going to, and the car that he had a reservation for was there, but they wouldn't take payment over the phone. He was out a ride and a place to stay. I gave him some advice and then he decided that he would go to the same hotel that I was staying at and get a room for the night. I finally got to bed at 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time or 12 pm Pacific Time. The next morning, I was picked up by a local driver and driven 3 hours northwest to a fire camp setup just outside John Day, OR. The fire is called the South Fork Complex which encompasses two fires, the Murderers' Creek South Fire and the Buck Fork Fire. To date, the fire is 41,831 acres, and yesterday we had some good fire activity. Tomorrow, I will be doing a recon flight of the fire in a helicopter to get a better overall view of the fire and how much progress we are making containing it.
Not to ramble but my position on the fire is Situation Unit Leader. My duties include managing the GIS specialists who make the maps of the fires (on this fire there are 3), supervising Field Observers who go out on the ground and scout the fire out (we have 3), supervising the Fire Behavior Analysis and Incident Meteorologist, completing required forms and paperwork to ensure that everyone knows what the current status of the fire is and if there are any critical needs. I will be on the fire for 14 days camping out and assisting the suppression efforts. I will also be missing most of our family's beach vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC. I will fly to meet Sherry and the boys on Wednesday, August 20th. I will get one day on the beach and then get to pack up and help bring everything home. Below is a link to the website with information about the fire that I update daily.
|The fire decided that it had been quiet for long enough and was ready to make a run for it. It burned an additional 6000 acres yesterday.|