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    Post Crews on the move

    Pack test complete? Gear ready? Boots cleaned? Stand at the ready...it's raging in Colorado.

    (Undated-AP) -- About 140 firefighters left Oregon today to
    fight wildfires burning in Western Colorado.
    The Coal Seam blaze, burning west of Glenwood Springs, has
    burned about 75-hundred acres since June eighth. It's in the same
    area as the Storm King fire that killed 14 Hot Shot firefighters in
    1994, including nine Oregonians from Prineville.
    So far no one has been reported injured, but the fire has
    already consumed 23 houses and come close to burning hundreds of
    other buildings.
    Mike Fitzpatrick of the Northwest Coordination Center in
    Portland says the Oregon firefighters first priority will be to
    save lives and prevent more property damage. Then he says their
    efforts will be focused on bringing the Coal Seam blaze under
    control by digging fire lines around the flames.


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    Arrow Update on fire crews

    Just the beginning of what may be a long season

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - As fires burn through wild land in
    Colorado, New Mexico and California, residents of the Northwest
    have a few worry-free weeks before the fire season blazes to life
    here.
    But fire crews from Oregon and Washington are already breathing
    dust and smoke, sleeping on rocky hillsides, and showering once
    every couple of days.
    Oregon has the largest number of contract crews for wildland
    fires in the country, with about 220, followed by Washington, with
    about 30 crews.
    That means that when fires burn in other states, Oregon reaps an
    economic boon - although one with a great deal of risk for the
    crews involved.
    The robust industry sprang up in Oregon because the state had
    historically relied on local crews drawn from lumber companies
    rather than state employees. When the federal government began
    hiring private crews in the 1990s, they looked to companies already
    established in Oregon, said Rick Dice, the director of the
    Springfield-based National Wildfire Suppression Association.
    About 140 crews from Oregon and Washington are deployed at fires
    in the southwest, California and Colorado this week.
    The state has also sent out nine tanker airplanes, 45
    backcountry fire engines - called "bush rigs" - and several
    helicopters, said Carol Tocco, spokeswoman for the Northwest
    Interagency Coordination Center.
    Central Point-based Erickson Air Crane has two helicopter
    tankers in New Mexico, one in Southern California and one in
    Minnesota. With crew, the choppers rent for $30,000 a day in
    addition to a $4,000 charge per hour of flight time, said Lee
    Ramage, chief operations officer.
    Of the Oregon and Washington crews deployed, 109 are private
    contract crews. That translates into about $500,000 a day gross
    income for Northwest companies that fielded crews this week, Dice
    said.
    Companies bill the U.S. Forest Service or other government
    agencies $5,000 to $6,000 per 12-hour shift per crew, said Mike
    Wheelock, president of Grayback Forestry, the John Day-based
    company that had three crews in New Mexico and three in Colorado on
    Tuesday.
    The Colorado fires bring back memories of 1994. Nine members of
    a hot shot crew from Prineville died in the Rocky Mountains when
    winds shifted, sending flames from the Storm King directly toward
    firefighters who tried to flee up a steep slope.
    A hot shot crew from Warm Springs was headed Tuesday toward the
    Coal Seam fire on the same dry juniper slopes.
    "It's kind of exciting. Being that close to fire, being scared
    that it can pick up and go," said hot shot member Oscar Queahpama,
    19, in a cell phone interview from his van en route to the fire.


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    Default SD Hotshots move in

    Black Hills crews join Colorado firefighting effort

    (Rapid City-AP) -- Twenty-three firefighters and five trucks
    from the Black Hills are on their way to help crews battle a fire
    that threatens the suburbs of Denver.
    Brush trucks are coming from Lead, Ludlow, Rapid City, Johnson
    Siding and Buffalo. Emergency medical technicians and other
    personnel will join crew members from each truck.
    They expect to work for 14 days on the fire line.
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    Post Nebraska FF into Colorado

    Joining the ranks......

    Nebraska firefighters help with Colorado wildfires

    (Chadron-AP) -- Twenty firefighters from the Nebraska National
    Forest have joined about one-thousand others who are working to put
    out a more than 90-thousand acre wildfire blaze in Colorado.
    The crew of forest service employees and students of the
    service's Pine Ridge Job Corps Center left for the neighboring
    state earlier this week.
    Forest Service Supervisor Don Bright says the Nebraska National
    Forest is fortunate to have conditions that are NOT as dry as many
    other areas.
    He says additional crews and fire equipment could be sent to
    Colorado if the conditions in Nebraska do NOT get dryer.
    The Nebraska National Forest includes forest units near Chadron,
    Halsey and Thedford.
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    Post Tenn up next?

    On deck...firefighters ready to go to bat in Colorado.
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    Tennessee firefighters may head to Colorado

    (Chattanooga-AP) -- More Tennessee firefighters are on alert to
    join their counterparts in Colorado in battling wildfires.
    The fires began Saturday in the Pike National Forest, about 60
    miles south of Denver, and grew to nearly 100-thousand acres
    yesterday.
    They have destroyed at least 22 homes and forced extensive
    evacuations.
    State forestry officials say ten Tennessee firefighters already
    are in Colorado working as bulldozer crew bosses, strike team
    leaders, members of helicopter crews and with fire prevention teams
    from other states.
    Volunteers have been told they may be called as early as this
    weekend to take a military or charter aircraft to the fireground.

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    Spearfish crews helping Colorado wildfire effort

    (Spearfish-AP) -- About a dozen of the firefighters battling
    wildfires in Colorado are from the Spearfish area.
    And officials say that's all they can spare because conditions
    are dry in the Black Hills, too.
    Three engines and crew members have been dispatched from the
    Northern Hills Ranger District in Spearfish to combat three
    separate fires in Colorado. Officials say part of the Spearfish
    crew is stationed at the Hayman fire, south of Denver.


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    Post Add Florida to the growing list.

    From the relatively cool Sunshine State...into the heat of the fire.
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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters from Florida deployed to
    Utah this weekend to help fight wildfires.
    Forty firefighters left Saturday for southern Utah to help with
    the Sanford fire, a 65,000 acre blaze on a national forest. They
    join 17 other Florida firefighters already working in western
    states on wildfires.
    The two 20-person crews are employees of the state Division of
    Forestry and various local fire departments.
    Across the West, 17 large fires were burning on 721,806 acres in
    seven states on Sunday, according to the National Interagency Fire
    Center.
    "We are able to send additional personnel now because our rainy
    season has begun and the wildfire risk in Florida is decreasing,"
    said Florida Agriculture Secretary Charles Bronson.

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    Post And...in the East

    Twenty US Forest Service firefighters, based in Montgomery, Ala., flew from
    Alabama's capital city Monday (6/24) evening to help battle wildfires in
    Virginia.

    The men and women will assist fire crews at Virginia's Shenandoah National Park
    in fighting the blazes.

    Firefighters are in short supply all over the US, and are only allowed to work
    14 days before they are required to rest.

    A spokesperson says this is the first division from the State of Alabama to head
    in out to battle wildfires outside of the state.
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    Post Tenn FF's head west

    SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The National Park Service sent 28
    employees from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to help
    fight fires in the West.
    Eight left Sunday for Denver to help contain a 137,000-acre
    wildfire in Hayman, Colo.
    A park crew of 20 left Saturday from Alcoa with 60 other East
    Tennessee volunteers, made up of state park, U.S. Forest Service
    and Tennessee Valley Authority employees to join 500 firefighters
    battling a 72,000-acre fire near Panguitch, Utah.
    "We're at the highest level of preparedness," said Bob Miller,
    park spokesman. "It's a really urgent situation."
    A team typically fights fires for 14 days before moving out of
    the rotation. Several of the volunteers are in support positions as
    equipment managers or field observers.
    "Most are pretty young and they are generally very fit,"
    Miller said. They will be paid for their work.

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    Exclamation No place like home

    (Concord-AP) -- Twenty volunteer firefighters who helped battle
    wildfires in Nevada are coming home (to New Hampshire).
    The crew is scheduled to arrive at Manchester Airport late
    tonight.
    They arrived in Nevada on June 19th and battled a fire in the
    Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is near the California
    border.
    The fire burned more than 22-thousand acres and four buildings.
    The volunteers are part of group that helps battle forest fires
    around the country when needed.
    A separate crew sent to battle a Colorado wildfire is expected
    home this weekend.
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    Post Returning East

    Connecticut firefighters return from fighting wildfires out West

    (Marlborough-AP) -- Twenty Connecticut firefighters are home
    this morning after spending two weeks battling the wildfires in New
    Mexico and Arizona.
    The firefighters were part of a nationwide mobilization to fight
    the blazes.
    They worked 10 to 12 hour days to save homes, buildings and a
    major fish hatchery. To do that, they cleared brush and anything
    else that could catch on fire.
    Their last days were spent trying to stop the flames by creating
    firebreaks on the western side of the Rodeo and Chediski fires in
    Arizona.

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    Question NJFFS Crew

    Crews from right here in NJ are also heading out. NJFFS crew from C division got the call on Monday. They're not listed on the EACC site yet. Anyone have a clue where they were sent to?

    It's going to be a long hot summer for all the crews. My prayers go with them. And to anyone on the board heading out...be safe!

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    NJ#1 and #2 were sent to the Daley Complex in northeastern Wyoming. 12 from div. A, and 14 each from B and C.
    We also sent a support dispatcher to the Mustang complex in Utah, and a STCR to the Rattle, also in Ut. I'll become available as a DIVS on mon. Hopefully we'll have another DIVS and a STCR/EN.
    We'll keep you posted.

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    Post NJ FF's

    My understanding is that the latest NJ crews were dispatched to the Daly Complex Fire in Wyoming.

    DALY COMPLEX:
    Started: June 27, 28 to 40 miles north of Gillette. Three fires
    are being managed as one complex.
    Size: 18,000 acres.
    Containment: 25 percent.
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    Smile Thanks!

    I had it narrowed down to a few fires that have shown increases in Type II hand crews in the last day or so...but the way things are going that was still a lot of fires!

    I've got some good friends out there and now I have a better idea of what incidents to keep my eyes on.

    How come I can watch them go into a burning building at one of our calls without breaking a sweat, but get nuts with them out west?

    Thanks for the info! Be Safe

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    Question Need help going out west!

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    Can anyone help me get on with one of the state fire crews out in Arizona? I've got some experience in the field with hand crews (Montana 2000) and have both current pack test and red card. The U.S. Forestry Serv. is very bureaucratic and has been no help. Anyone who can provide information please write to garyh61@hotmail.com

    Thanks,

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    Default Thanks for the help

    And those of us "Out West" appreciate the help your sending us (through the channels of course). We have recalled all the crews we have in other states to deal with the fire in our backyard (South Fork II). So when their 14 days are up they come home, rest two days and then go back to work here!

    We really didn't want to be a host again!!!
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    Post Re: Need help going out west!

    Originally posted by garyh61
    Can anyone help me get on with one of the state fire crews out in Arizona?
    You probably should contact your own state's forest service office and discuss it with them. Any resources requested by Boise, go first to a regional center...and then to individual states wildfire agencies.
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    Just an update, the USFS has been requesting overhead regularly, and I'm finally availabel! So tomorrow, I'm on my way to missionary ridge as DIVS.
    Talk to you all in a couple of weeks, stay safe out there, and don't let me read about any of you in the news, okay?

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    Likewise, I'm sure Bert....be safe and I'll see you when you get back!
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