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  • 08/15/2002
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Buenos dias amigos del fuego. I went to the library yesterday and got three books on fire. I got Fire Line, Young Men & Fire and one other I can’t remember. The first one is really informational w/ some true fire stories thrown in. Young Men & Fire (Maclean) is about the Mann Gulch fire. But I suppose some of you already know this. I couldn’t resist getting the Maclean book. I read some of his excerpts and love his writing and what he had to say. I read some really good quotes yesterday regarding fire I might have to pass on. I don’t know what’s happening to me…I can’t seem to get enough these days. Maybe it is really addictive…this whole fire thing. My HS called me from 10,000 ft. at 11 pm last night and said he could see the fire burning from the ridge and how pretty it was. I’m so envious. (I was less envious when he told me he was getting up at 5 am…ha ha)

Thanks for the info, Southern Loving. I’m still unsure of where I’m going to apply and the other details. It is still so in the planning stages and since I live in Texas currently, I will obviously be uprooting. I’m ready to get out for a while though. But I guess I need to decide where I want my base to be. I am considering Alaska. That way, my boyfriend and I would at least be in the same vicinity…for two whole months. And it would be a great way to see that part of the country. I’m not set on that though. I was planning on applying through the forest service or the BLM.

I heard from some of you that I should get some line experience or look into working on an engine crew. I can’t seem to find as much info. on engine crews. Can someone give me the heads up? Does the forest service have engine crews? It sounds like there is a lot of variation when it comes to the engine crews and who employs them. I’m just wondering what would be the best fit for me for my first fire season and lack of experience obviously. Engine crew, working on the line, dispatching…not real sure. The Alaska Fire Svc website talks like in a dispatch position you could get some work there early season and then come down to the lower 48, which I figured. My question is, if you are not on a “crew,” then who do dispatchers travel and camp with? Who is their crew essentially?

I would love to really get in shape. Can anyone send me a good training regimen to get ready for a pack test and the other requirements? Ab, maybe you can give anyone my e-mail if they have a training schedule they want to send me, I would appreciate it.

I will leave you all with this great quote from Norman Maclean to ponder:

“The problem of self-identity is not just a problem for the young. It is a problem all the time. Perhaps the problem. It should haunt old age, and when it no longer does it should tell you that you are dead.”

Just when I think the end of my 20s will rid me of this “problem”…


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