Hello. My name is Rick George.
Long ago I spent a short stint, 1978-81, fighting fires, including on a hotshot crew the last two seasons. I have finished a manuscript of a novel that follows a fictitious hotshot crew in 1988, the year of the Yellowstone fires. It’s a fire story, but it’s also a "boy-meets-girl" story and a "boys learn how to behave with girls" story. At one point in the novel, a man on the crew gets hurt, and the individual who replaces him is a woman who’d been working on an engine crew, a woman who happens to have gotten involved with one of the men on the hotshot crew. The men are accustomed to rather ribald humor and behavior, this taking place before sexual harassment regulations–now what are they going to do? There are plenty of fires, both literal and figurative, in the script. The fictitious hotshot crew ends up on fires in the Prescott, the Angeles, Los Padres, Klamath, CDF land, their own forest (Six Rivers), Plumas, Wasatch-Uinta, Bridger-Teton, San Bernardino, and plenty of time in Yellowstone. All the fires in Yellowstone are the real ones that actually occurred, with accurate detail; I’ve done plenty of research.
I’m wondering if someone with time and interest among those who follow and perhaps contribute to this website may find a perusal of the manuscript worthwhile and, ideally, entertaining. I’d be most grateful for critical eyes, too, someone who could tell me straight if the way the crew works a particular fire or if the description of fire behavior at any point in the manuscript is "b.s." I understand that folks are busy, and so I humbly thank you for considering this request.
rickegeorge75 (at) gmail dot com