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!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I just got home from the Wallow fire in Arizona. It was the biggest fire in Arizona history (538,049 acres) and I really wanted to go it because I was on the team that put the Rodeo/Chedeski fire down back when it was the biggest fire in Arizona history. I was with California Team 3 and was not impressed a lot. Their operations section is top notch though. When I got to the fire camp I told the people working for me that we would be fighting fire hard for three days and then we would be trying to get everything out of camp.

It was really funny that the crew asked the IC if that was right---she kind of hum hawed and said if we are lucky that will be the case.

We were lucky and that is exactly what we did. While I was there I sent 7 semis with a trailer of 50 feet or more back to the cache. I tell everyone the only thing I did there was send 359 feet of semi trailer back to the cache.



Nene said...

Glad you're home safe. Thanks for putting the fire out, we were getting tired of the smoke. :0)
Los Alamos fire is still going, but I don't know the stats on it.

Looney said...

The Los Alamos fire is actually a series of fires. I was wondering if you were out fighting any of them while driving through New Mexico over the weekend.

Dee Ice Hole said...

I just got home from the Wallow fire in Arizona.