I understand your frustration over the “unknown” factor. You’re living the reality of it right now. I will say, however, that if you start learning fire season behavior, where the fires start and how they tend to move north and west through the season, watch weather reports, learn to interpret storm patterns, etc., part of the unknown will be replaced by anticipation of what you think might happen next.
I just emptied my faller roster in a matter of two hours last night between three different agency requests. For Oregon, this is prime fire season. The thunderstorms are fairly normal. The dry fuels mean they’ll have to work extra hard to keep all of these lightening strikes small and manageable. The lack of resources…both here and elsewhere, is now making matters much, much worse for all.
My husband gave ME “that look” when I told him he was up on the roster to take one of the assignments. It’s funny to think of it. You all are waiting for “the call” to come in. And my husband has to deal with “the call” coming from me. We’re extremely fair about how the dispatches are dealt out so there’s no mystery about the roster ranking. When you’re up, you’re up. If you decline, you go to the bottom of the list again.
Dawn, Chin up…work now means play later. Hey! I just got my tickets in the mail for my West Indies tall ship cruise! Yeee Haaa…Whoop Whoop. Work now…play later. I can just feel that white sand under my feet & its only two months away.