Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


My take on 2009 fire season:

August 7 is the equivalent date of June 15 any other year. That means that this year if all goes the same as it is currently going fire season will wrap down in November.

Hope that doesn't 1992 I was on a November fire in Wyoming with temperatures at 5 degrees below zero and only paper sleeping bags for bedding. We kept the pumps running all night and spraying the water back into the tanks to keep from freezing and breaking all the fittings. It finally got above freezing around noon.

Would be a bad thing to have my final fire season be like that.

The team I am on finally got our first call out last Friday - short duration fire we are home again and went to work Wednesday so we got five days on the incident. Was a good practice run - we learned a lot about each other since it is a new team - I also learned that perhaps I am too hard headed to work with the kids any longer - time will tell but I think I'm throwing in the towel. I can no longer deal with all the new crap.


Delirious said...

This has been a mild summer here where we live. I don't know about the wildfires in the state, but I do know that it hasn't gotten as hot as normal. We have had some grassfires near our city, but nothing big. I keep wondering if we could get so lucky as to have an entirely mild summer.

Nene said...

We had a fire in the Manzanos the other day, but I think it's out now. It was pretty smokey in the city for a couple of days.

Amber said...

wow I never realized a fire season could run so late, is it really a possibility to have fires all the way through until November?

Dee Ice Hole said...

The Laguna Beach fire was way late in November. California has lots of fires in November but they usually don't get too big.

I got home from a fire in Shanendoah National Park teh day before Thanksgiving and we were really lucky to make it for the Holiday.

Lindsay-Weaver said...

Just so you know, sometimes us young kids know what we're doing, even when you think we don't. lol

Dee Ice Hole said...

Just so you know, sometimes you young kids couldn't pour the piss out of a boot with the directions written on the heel.

Lindsay-Weaver said...

I think your just set in your ways. It's time for you to watch Armageddon. I love how her Dad and her boyfriend fight in that movie. :)

My boss has realized that we have good ideas, and guess what? He's more profitable now. lol