Check out the SPOT button for the crew's location to see where they have been working.
Spike Camp-This is where the crew slept and fed on MRE's or what other ration they brought, water and Gatorade.
Each day the crew was given a briefing by the Supt... The briefing covered the expected weather forecast, fire assignment and safety message.
Line Construction: Saws start the cut to open the brush. handtools follow scraping down to bare mineral soil.
Some folks like the chainsaw too much!!
A saw team consist of a Sawyer (Saw Operator) and a Swamper (Brush Puller), both Sawyer and Swamper switch positions after each tank of fuel.
Fire Shelter Deployment Drill: The crew has been ordered to a helispot for possible deployment as the fire has crossed the line in a wind shift as is headed towards the crew.
Deploying the "Training Fire Shelter". The real Fire Shelters are made up of reflective aluminum and heat absorbing material.
One firefighter broke his leg while trying to escape (Drill), crew members assist the injured to the deployment site.
The fire is getting close.
Crew deploying their shelters.
Two crew members had to share a shelter (the injured and firefighter).
Captains check to ensure firefighters are securely in their shelters. During an actual deployment, extremely strong gusty winds will occur.
After Action Review (AAR) of the deployment drill.
Medivac Drill: The crew also conducted a Medivac Drill. The exercise was a crew member who was hit in the legs by a snag/hazard tree. He suffered a Tib/Fib fracture to one leg and a broken femur on the other. The crew has several EMT's.
Setting up the Stokes Litter Basket.
Packaging the patient for transport.
Carrying the patient to the helispot.
Transversing over steep rocky terrain.
Crew continued to cut line up to Long Valley Peak.
Division Chief Acree Shreve and District Ranger Owen Martin stopped by to give support to the crew's field exercise. They spoke about the leaderships intent on safety and crew cohesion this fire season. They also surprised the crew with pizza and drinks (a break from the MRE's).
Night Handline Drill: The crew was awakened at 02:30 am for a mock lightning fire in the area. They cut line from 3 am to 6 am.