In case you hadnâ€™t heard, here in Northern NM weâ€™re getting more water than fireâ€¦though we got a dry lightning bust night before last Iâ€™m very surprised didnâ€™t turn into more. I was sitting standby on a flood situation, wondering if we were going to have flooding and fires all at the same time. Itâ€™s hard, sitting there at the fire house coordinating sandbags for other folks wondering if the creekâ€™s coming in under oneâ€™s own propane tank. We got all the rain and snow the northwest didnâ€™t this year (sorry, Sammi, didnâ€™t do it on purpose), so creeks that havenâ€™t flowed since the seventies are going full bore. What weâ€™re hoping is that we donâ€™t get a dry, hot midsummer to cure all the fine fuels growing right now. Needless to say I havenâ€™t gotten to play with fire much this season (so far), but Iâ€™m studying like crazy to brush up on my swiftwater stuff. Now if I can just catch up on my sleepâ€¦and my day job!
Nerd on the Fireline