Concerned Little Sis
I’m a concerned big sis from CA and I’ve been tracking my firefighting sister for the last few years. She’s dynamite. What an athlete!
I think that Redmond must be a staging area for OR like Redding (Anderson) is for northern CA. I say that because it has an airport and is central. From a staging area, fire crews could be transported almost anywhere in northcentral Oregon. As far as nearby fires go, there’s the Big Creek, Bridge Creek and Baker Complex burning to the NE and a bit closer to Redmond, the Olallie Lake Complex and the Crane Prairie Complex burning to the West.
When your brother calls, ask the name of his fire and its location and if you remember, what incident management team is in charge. If you don’t know the crew’s name, get that. You have the crew boss’s name. Take notes. Often with crew and crewboss name you can find where they’ve been dispatched.
Maybe part of what familysaid can do is educate people on how to find out as much as they can about the fires that their family members are fighting. Sometimes, if there is no info or photos on a particular incident, you can still find out what forest they’re on, what the topography and fuel types look like, what the nearest communities are that they’re helping, what resources they might be protecting. If it’s a big fire, you can get the stats. For someone from Indiana who has never been to Oregon, just having a mental picture helps.
For those of you who have family coming to fight fire in the west, have them get as much info as they can about where they’re going.
(short for Roberta, but don’t call me that!)