It was absolutely fabulous to have my son home during the off season. I had
put together a binder of his season by tracking him on the Internet and
printing fire reports, articles and hunting down newspaper articles
mentioning his crew. He couldn’t believe the information that I had gathered
and enjoyed reading about where he had been last summer. He especially
enjoyed the discussion from They Said about the boots, and promptly ordered a
He has rejoined his Hotshot crew and is on the fireline . . . somewhere.
This year, it seems harder to track him. My friends think I am ghoulish to
want to know where he is and all about the fire he’s working. I tell them
that my imagination is worse than reality. It truly eases my mind when I know
where he is and can check a fire site daily for progress, weather,
conditions, and such.
Last year, he had been assigned to the Great Basin for part of the season and
those Intelligent Reports were excellent. I have found that some regional
Coordinating Centers do not list the crews by name. It’s frustrating. One
Hotshot’s Mom told me to call the dispatch office to find out where my son
is. Although it works, I doubt that dispatch offices want dozens of family
members calling in every week. Meanwhile, I keep searching the Web for his
Sammie, last year you put together a list of Web sites for each fire. I
appreciated it very much and even sent you a few sites I found myself. I hope
you will do a similar list again this year when things get hopping.
Thanks, Ab, for this site, and to all of you who share your knowledge and
experience with family members. Stay safe.