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Sun May 5, 2013, 10:10 PM

On my way to the Western Fire Season 2013

Looks like a barn burner this year (pardon the pun). NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center) puts Oregon and California in high threat forecasts. My fire lookout tower is in the Red Zone.

Nadin will be in SoCal, and I will be in Oregon. That is a good start in fire season coverage for DU.

I'm in Big Spring, TX, tonight. Hope to make Tucson tomorrow. I got a stopped in a speed trap in Union Town, Alabama, yesterday. Classic shakedown. I was doing 6 mph over in a taper-down area (61 in a 55 zone, coming off a 65 into a 45). No slack at all. The only thing good left in Alabama is Trof! I'll find out tomorrow how much $$$.


Pole Creek fire in the Sisters Wilderness, September 9, 2012

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Reply On my way to the Western Fire Season 2013 (Original post)
DemoTex May 2013 OP
onehandle May 2013 #1
DemoTex May 2013 #8
elleng May 2013 #2
DemoTex May 2013 #12
elleng May 2013 #22
annabanana May 2013 #3
Cooley Hurd May 2013 #4
Warpy May 2013 #5
nadinbrzezinski May 2013 #24
nadinbrzezinski May 2013 #6
DemoTex May 2013 #10
nadinbrzezinski May 2013 #13
JDPriestly May 2013 #28
nadinbrzezinski May 2013 #29
MoonchildCA May 2013 #30
Lifelong Protester May 2013 #7
hootinholler May 2013 #9
uppityperson May 2013 #11
nadinbrzezinski May 2013 #14
Scuba May 2013 #15
spanone May 2013 #16
CaliforniaPeggy May 2013 #17
panader0 May 2013 #18
Suich May 2013 #19
nadinbrzezinski May 2013 #23
Botany May 2013 #20
DemoTex May 2013 #21
Gman May 2013 #25
pscot May 2013 #26
SheilaT May 2013 #27

Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:13 PM

1. 61 in a 55 zone?

Jesus Christ. Go fight some crime.

Good luck this season. Looking forward to your reports.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #1)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:29 PM

8. The cop was my age (65 or so)!

Vietnam Vet license plate, USFS Fire sticker, short hair, yessir-nosir, sober as a judge (OK, bad image. I know some drunk MoFo judges), and on my way to help fight the demon wildland fire fer Godsake! The cop - plain white SUV and in jeans, but lots of other Alabama State Patrol and county cops within a quarter of a mile - said that the Alabama State Patrol could only cut you 6 MPH. I assume he was State Patrol. I pointed out the math (55+6=61 .. NO TICKEY!), nicely.

When he brought all the paperwork back to me in my truck (license, insurance, registration, etc), he said .. and I quote .. "Sir, thank you for being so courteous, and thank you for your Vietnam service." WTF?

I really, really wanted to ask him to let me take a photo of his still-flashing SUV behind my Toyota Tacoma rig for my blog. Then I thought about a night in the Union Town, ALERBAMER, jail.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:15 PM

2. Looking forward to pictures of your work.

Forward the speeding ticket bills to GD!!!


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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:33 PM

12. Taking up a collection?

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #12)

Sun May 5, 2013, 11:12 PM

22. Will surely do that.

We NEED you out there, at OUR expense!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:15 PM

3. Stay safe DemoTex!

Looks like a hot time in the old town tonight.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:16 PM

4. Hiya Mac!

Agreed about Trof and 'bama'! STAY SAFE, man!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:18 PM

5. It was a dry winter out here, at least in the southwest.

You might have a busy season ahead, too.

Stay safe!

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Response to Warpy (Reply #5)

Sun May 5, 2013, 11:25 PM

24. The NIFC ain't pretty

I cover these suckers so I read the crap with the morning coffee...the off the record warnings a month ago are...sadly, making a lot of sense now. At least I get to go home from a fire line...some of these guys can expect months on end of hell.

If it's as bad as the report puts it, we all will be busy.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:24 PM

6. Mac you and I will have "fun."

I just hope the 1924 prediction does not happen, or up a shit creek without a paddle comes to mind.

For all of you in fire country, listen to fire officials. The Spring fire destroyed zero structures...the owners listened and gave fire crews defensible space.

It is 60% contained and counting my blessings. No dry lightning, which was the expectation 24 hours ago...healthy rain...right now.

Sorry 75% contained, tweet just came in

You take care

Is nick with you? Share a steak with him

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #6)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:32 PM

10. Nick is in SC .. too old for this.

Are you on John Maclean's "Friend" list on FB? If not, go to my FB page and my "friends," and friend-request him. He puts out some good stuff.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #10)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:37 PM

13. Thanks, I have

Right now it's raining, no dry lightning...woohoo...ok quarter of an inch by the time the system moves on, better than nothing.

When you get back, nick will not forgive you. The pets know...I swear. Every time I come home from a fire Lin they are especially sticky.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #6)

Mon May 6, 2013, 12:48 AM

28. What is the 1924 prediction?

Thanks.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #28)

Mon May 6, 2013, 12:49 AM

29. Worst fire season on record

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #6)

Mon May 6, 2013, 02:42 AM

30. I don't know about zero structures...

the last I heard, it was 15 structures, but still with 28 sq. miles, that is an amazingly low amount. Kudos to the firefighters--they have worked miracles. My daughter attends CSUCI and her graduation will take place with blackened hills for a backdrop. Tomorrow she sees her campus for the first time since evacuation. Luckily, only one unoccupied building had fire damage.

What a surreal experience this has been. I still can't believe the scope of this fire, and the fact it, and a few others, are only the first of the season. I'm afraid to imagine what may come.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:27 PM

7. Whoa! Stay safe!!!

(and occasionally stay thirsty, my friend, if that is your thing!)

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:31 PM

9. As Radar said

Watch yer azimuth!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:33 PM

11. That photo is gorgeous. Nature is awe some. Very scary but gorgeous.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:46 PM

14. Some photos from last year



Exhausted fire fighter. This was into a week of fire fighting.



Same fire, as they were setting the burn to stop the fire.



A week before at the Chihuahua valley fire, six tries...no tripod, and a truck to brace on. We aced down the hill with two type 3 (brush trucks)

All these started with dry lightning.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:48 PM

15. Looking forward to your reports and photos. Thanks DemoTex.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:50 PM

16. incredible picture!!!

k&r....

be safe.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:53 PM

17. My dear DemoTex!

What a great picture! I'm so looking forward to more from you this season...

Damn those cops and their speed traps!

I hope the ticket won't be too bad...

Stay safe and have fun coming west!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:55 PM

18. I have a spare room in Sierra Vista

Out of the way a bit but free. Let me know if you're interested.
I used to live in Warm Springs, right on the Deschutes.
Sierra Vista is about 30 miles south of I-10, and about 40 miles east of Tucson.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:56 PM

19. Good to hear from you, Mac!

They reported 3 different wildfires burning in SW Washington on the news tonight...yikes! Gonna be a long season...stay safe!

Looking forward to your pics and reports!

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Response to Suich (Reply #19)

Sun May 5, 2013, 11:13 PM

23. It's been wild up and down the coast

This last week.

You stay safe, make sure you clear a fighting space

This column from a local retired chief is full of good info

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/13159

Posted it the other day as a PSA.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 10:59 PM

20. A friend in Oregon is waiting to see you



have a good summer!

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Response to Botany (Reply #20)

Sun May 5, 2013, 11:10 PM

21. My buddy!

Exactly why I left Nick in SC! I can't tell you how much this post made me laugh. GOOD ONE!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2013, 11:56 PM

25. That's a pretty good drive from Big Springs to Tucson

Safe travels

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Mon May 6, 2013, 12:09 AM

26. Good luck

Be safe.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Mon May 6, 2013, 12:23 AM

27. Why in the world are you going to Oregon via Tucson?

You could instead go through Santa Fe and stop and see me!

Anyway, good luck to you all summer, and I likewise appreciate your reports and pictures.

And bad luck on the ticket. Sometimes a cop just won't cut you any slack. However, I have the distinct advantage of being a 64 year old woman, with the gray hair to prove it. In recent years, any time I have been stopped I always get off with a nice warning. I think it's because I look like Mom, or possibly Grandma if the cop is young enough, and they're really not about to ticket either of those two. I suspect if I were stopped by a cop my age I wouldn't be so lucky. Or if stopped by one who hates mom or grandma.

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