Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I'm home from the Rattle Fire. It was pretty fun, just SUPER steep. One section of line dropped 2000 feet in a little less than 3/4 of a mile. My camera is in my rig, so I'll post some pictures of the fire blowing up in a few days. In the middle of the assignment I got sent to Tokatee Ranger Station to stage for initial attack that never happened. In the three days I was there the fire grew 11,000 acres. The fire quickly realized their mistake and ordered me back. I had all sorts of interesting things happen to me. A bulldozer operator asked me what the plan was one day and when I told him he said he didn't want to do it and went home. Wierd. I was supposed to be a trainee, but they never had a trainer for me, so I had to do everything on my own, which isn't supposed to happen. Whenever I brought it up my Division Supervisor would say I would do something I was qualified to do, then end up having half the division checking with me for their work assignments. We're going to buy a trambampoline tomorrow, so I should be posting pictures of me in neck brace that I'll have to wear after Faith takes me to the hospital because I'm too darn old to be learning how to do backflips. I don't have to go back to work til Sunday, when I'll begin my four month detail as the Assistant Fire Management Officer of fuels. I'll be doing all the planning for fuels treatment on the district, which I don't really want to do, but I got tricked into it. Apparently the FMO is quite a bit smarter than me, which is the only way I can explain how he got me to agree to a detail into an AFMO position with out me finding out if it was the operations of fuels AFMO. Operations is what I wanted, but we'll see how this goes. Probably too much desk time for me, but I'll get paid more and I can work pretty much whatever hours I want. Hope everyone's doing well.