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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:01 PM

What an awesome response to my poll! Here is my fire lookout 2013 decision:

I just talked with my supervisor (USFS -Bend) and committed to the 2013 fire season in the Deschutes National Forest. Fire season #5 for me, and I'll be 65. I believe strongly in climate change models, and I believe wildland fire detection and suppression will be growth industries in the next year or two. I'll be staffing East Butte lookout this year, and maybe for a few more years to come.

Whoooo hooo!

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Reply What an awesome response to my poll! Here is my fire lookout 2013 decision: (Original post)
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femmocrat Jan 2013 #29
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2013 #31
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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:02 PM

1. Yay!!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:03 PM

2. East Butte is your regular haunt, right? n/t

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:30 PM

15. Yep

EBLO - East Butte Lookout

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:32 PM

16. Cool. So....Is Nick gonna make the trip this year? n/t

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:49 PM

45. Not sure, but I doubt it.

Nick is almost too old for the rigors of wilderness life and a 60-step lookout climb. Not to mention the big cat problem. Dr. DemoTex did very well with Nick last summer. She will probably have him again this summer. Since we HAVE been married 39 years, I almost trust her completely with my dog.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #45)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:57 PM

48. Lol...fair enough. n/t

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:05 PM

3. don't forget

the Camera;you have us spoiled now.Need lotsa pictures.

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Response to donco (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:10 PM

7. And also....

He shouldn't forget Nick this time!

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Response to donco (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:34 PM

17. A pair of Canon 5D-Mk2s and an old Nikon ..

New computer and PhotoShop CS6 w/ Nik plugins. I need the lookout more than the lookout needs me!

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:15 AM

56. Drool

Though I am a Nikon fan.



Photoshop...you bum!!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:06 PM

4. Nice!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:39 PM

19. Best beer in the world => Bend

The invite from 2009 is still open.

Mac

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:40 PM

20. If I can ever do it

You can count on it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:46 PM

24. Shitfire, Will ..

Three days in the lookout with me (writing like a fool) will set you up for a Pulitzer. I shit you not. Ever heard of Kerouac?

Mac

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:08 PM

5. Glad to hear it, Demo!

I am looking forward to silently trolling your photos again! Well... I'll try to be more post-y when one really catches my eye.

Be safe and have fun!



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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:09 PM

6. Please post lots of pix.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:10 PM

8. If its not too nosey, what was making you think twice? nt

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:40 PM

21. Nothing

I just wanted to stir the pot. I'm hooked .. addicted.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #21)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:42 PM

22. Yay!! Glad all is well in your world. I was worried there for a while...



More pics!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:11 PM

9. Alright!

And remember, they haven't raised the tower and they haven't added more stairs. It just feels like it.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:37 PM

18. Bwaa Haa Haa

BTW Ace, your input was most persuasive. Thanks, Brother!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:13 PM

10. Please make with additional excellent pictures. nt

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:13 PM

11. good luck

be safe

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:14 PM

12. Glad to hear it DT.

 

Look forward to your amazing post and pics.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:27 PM

13. SWEET!!!!!!!!

your postings are sheer joy and by GOLLY that is something all of us need

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:29 PM

14. Excellent news! Glad to hear this DemoTex!

I'm glad you shared it with us here - always great to hear upbeat news happening to one of our own!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:43 PM

23. Thanks for your service

and get back to Texas soon.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:46 PM

25. missed your poll--but so glad to hear you are going back--we must have our pics!!

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Response to niyad (Reply #25)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 06:41 PM

73. Ditto on my end.

Stay save, and hopefully we will be seeing the photos soon.

It's very dry here in Northern Calif.

I hope we aren't going to be part of the "growth industry."

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:47 PM

26. K & R

LOVE your pictures.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:50 PM

27. I love those pictures

And your great descriptions of them and life in the tower...
K&R

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:52 PM

28. Say hi to the Three Sisters for me

BTW one Mt. over from Mt. Ashland is Mt. Wagner ..... named after my
great great grandfather .... Jacob Wagner ..... I know very euro centric
because the people living there already had a name for it.

BTW part II .... if you come across a cougar kill let the big kitty have it.


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Response to Botany (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:58 PM

30. Cool pic!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:54 PM

29. Good for you, DemoTex!

Do what you love. You are an inspiration to the rest of us boomers!

Great photo!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:00 PM

31. I'm so glad you'll be back, my dear DemoTex!

I hope Nick's coming along too.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #31)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:10 PM

37. My dear Peggy...

welcome back

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:12 PM

38. Thank you, my dear awoke!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:00 PM

32. I look forward to sharing your experience with you. Thanks for this

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:02 PM

33. As you well know, I greatly enjoy your threads on your adventures!

Glad you'll be back for another run.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:06 PM

34. Was there really ever a question?

Like others, I will be awaiting pics.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:07 PM

35. The past pics have been amazing

I've never been west of the Mississippi. You've shown me landscapes I can only dream about. Many thanks and best of luck with another year! Someday me and mrs. Titan will strike out to that part of the country.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:08 PM

36. Good for you

It sounds like a great job!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:15 PM

39. Great news!

Looking forward to seeing more of your spectacular photos!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:25 PM

40. More KQQL skyline photos...

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:29 PM

41. Are they still giving you grief for posting on a political site? nt

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:43 PM

42. Great news!

Always enjoy your pictures. Have a great season.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:44 PM

43. whoo hoo!

I am so very glad you will be watching over some of the forests in my home state.

Welcome back, and Nick also.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:47 PM

44. Good news! And glad you're back in Deschutes County.

Another Democrat is always welcome here!

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Response to classof56 (Reply #44)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:51 PM

46. We need to meet ..

Maybe @ 10-Barrell!

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #46)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 10:46 AM

62. Look forward to it.

Meanwhile, be safe and keep the photos coming!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:51 PM

47. I'm looking forward

to the next installments. I'm a fan.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:06 PM

49. I truly envy you.

I could imagine myself being very happy being surrounded by nature's splendor and providing the invaluable service of protecting same. I just hope you continue to post the wonderful pictures, I always look forward to them very much. And, thanks for your service to our country.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:11 PM

50. good man

thank you for what you do.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:20 PM

51. I can't wait for the pictures! n/t

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:38 PM

52. A bit of of paradise you will continue to share.

Thanks in advance!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:47 AM

53. I voted for you to go back this year.

I knew in my heart that you'd go anyway. Godspeed, Mac!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:57 AM

54. cool---more pictures!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:11 AM

55. Very cool. We need more folks like you here in CA.

The wildfires just keep getting worse each year.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #55)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:17 AM

57. Fire this week

300 acres, and is is not yet fire season!!!!

From Cal-Fire

@CAL_FIRE: #BecksFire north of Hwy 29, southeast of Kelseyville (Lake County) is now 300 acres & 50% contained. Full containment tomorrow.

This is not good.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #57)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:20 AM

58. Fire season is year-round now. There's more fires and they're bigger.

Cal Fire and all the local fire agencies need WAY more resources.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #58)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:22 AM

59. Test me, I now.

This means the dreaded T word. My county needs a county FD...good luck with that.

I am a reporter here...we know v

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #59)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:26 AM

60. What sucks is those rural counties with the most beautiful forests are also the most red.

They take the treasure at their feet for granted. It breaks my heart.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #57)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:38 PM

65. There's still one in CO that has been going since last summer, not enough snow!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:30 AM

61. East Butte Lookout is a beautiful place, thanks for occupying it again...

Oregon's forests will be safer for it, and Oregonians are grateful for that.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:19 PM

63. WELCOME BACK TO THE TOWER MAN

We're glad you're there...

Now stop talking and show us some pics

you dang old hippie.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:33 PM

64. Cool! Good for you!

My neighbor, a smokejumper... retired but still active, has a bunch of Neptune shirts and hats... and my dad used to fly them in the military...

Here's a treat for ya, if you haven't seen this yet (got it from my neighbor) it's Spanish aerial firefighting...

http://player.vimeo.com/video/48642618

Hope you have a wonderful summer! I'll be thinking about you, all the others I don't really know personally, and all my friends in your line of expertise!!

2na

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:52 PM

66. Wonderful! K&R

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:25 PM

67. Another season of helping Nick the Fire Watch Dog

Excellent! I love your dispatches, even the mundane is interesting.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:49 PM

68. What great effin job. Congrats.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:03 PM

69. Is this a paid gig?

Any special training needed? What does it entail, sitting in the tower all day or going on patrols or what? If it's sitting in a tower all day, it might give me time to write that book I was planning out...

I'd love a job like that (even on its worst days it still has to be better than my current job). How do I sign up?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:16 PM

70. If that's what makes ya happy (and it appears to)

then you oughtta just keep on doing it! Congrats!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:20 PM

71. Smokin' hot damn!!!

Good on ya!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:24 PM

72. Great - I really enjoy your pictures.

I also spend my summers in Oregon, but in the much less picturesque Springfield. I'm hoping to finally make it to Crater Lake this year - we intended to go in 2009, but because of forest fires we ended up going to Lake Paulina instead.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:53 PM

74. Excellent.

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