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!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Newest map 9/8/2010---10,607 acres---a very good resource burn. Now they can put the Bonneville cutthroat trout into Fish Creek and not worry so much about a devastating fire. Will be a couple of years but that will happen.

Look at the straight line of spot fires generated when the winds blew the column sideways---if you look at the other picture of the smoke you can see they are in a straight line just where the column leaned over.


We took a little trip yesterday to watch the Twitchell Canyon Fire burn. It is doing a great job by getting rid of a lot of fuel that needs to be burned out. It also got onto private lands for about 50 total acres which they are putting out as I write. A new team took over the fire yesterday and spent most of the day getting oriented and taking care of the spots on private lands. Not sure what they are doing today but the fire isn't doing anything.

I wrote earlier that I thought the fire had gobbled up everything it could get when it made the run Sunday when it had the high winds behind it---Monday it just cleaned up what was already on fire. Today there isn't even any smoke showing but there is still a lot of fire out there. I believe that if there had been enough fuel to sustain a run the fire would have kept going Sunday instead of hanging up where it is. I've been on a lot of them and I think this one is finished---it just isn't out yet. Pretty risky to say tht with all the firefighters reading my blog but that is my $0.02---the Type 3 Team coulda held it---they were on the right track and just needed a little break from Mother Nature---which they got yesterday and today---it always looks bleak when the fire is up and running.


Looney said...

What is the relationship between the trout and a devastating fire?

Dee Ice Hole said...

The ash from a devastating fire clogs the drainage and gets in the gills of the fish. It kills most of them---so after this fire cleans up they have a nice clean drainage to put the threatened fish into that will not have a major fire for a few years and allow the fish to get well established. It has been in the plan to burn it for several years---just no money---so this lightning strike did it for them.

Dee Ice Hole said...

Looney this only happens in small streams--large streams clean up a lot faster and with lots less fish kill. Streams here are little---really little in the amount of water they carry.