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!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


The two seed planes flew 35,000 pounds of seed onto the fire Saturday before they got blown out of the skies by the winds aloft. They had 9,000 pounds left on the deck when they quit. To date that makes 60,000 pounds on the fire area.

Today (Sunday) they took a test flight at 0705---at 0718 they called me and left a message on my phone that it was unsafe to fly the ridges and they were shutting down for a while and maybe for all day. With the weather the way it looks I'll bet they can't fly until Monday afternoon sometime.

We should have the remainder of the seed in Monday and start mixing Tuesday---they can go back to flying seed in seriousness Wednesday if everything goes well.

The lab tests on the straw should be back Monday--so straw could start arriving Tuesday as well---that'll make things a little hectic if it happens. Two seed planes flying seed and three helicopters straw bombing the areas all flying by Wednesday. That's a lot of aircraft doin' a lot of work.


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