I missed Lynnette’s post, but from what I gather from Fire Chica’s comments and Ab’s…ouch. It’s hard enough for you ladies whose men head off to fire in “reasonable” and “predictable” (irony intended) ways.
For the record, So.Cal. isn’t the only party running…in my neck of the woods we should have a foot of snow on the ground right now, but instead it’s in the seventies and eighties, and the next forest south has been reporting starts. We’re expecting more fire this year, and there’s talk that my crew might go back on the board (meaning it might be re-listed as available for call-out). The scary bit for us is that if this trend (warm and dry) continues through the winter, we’ll be looking at a 80+% beetle kill with no spring runoff, and then God help the urban/wildland interface.
Nerd on the Fireline