Reading this web page brought memories to this 76yo who got his first USFS fire-fighting paycheck when he was 14 in 1953
* Training? What was that?
* 360 degree rolling a 1957 1 ton Chevy PU with a slip on unit in the middle of a brush fire in Cleveland NF- AND –
* receiving a special hard hat award (and an article and picture in the Alpine paper) for wearing my new-fangled hard-hat – which kept me from injury. The award? – my own “Turtle Club” hard hat
* Painting the Lyons lookout house by scraping off years of old paint, while awaiting fire calls.
* Stationed in Corral Canyon – an old Navy desert building – one layer of plywood with screened flaps that opened for ventilation.
* Pulling night duty (Santana winds) at Cuyamaca lookout and reporting a gray road in Laguna in the morning as a smoke.
* Spending a summer with my wife and son at Frog Meadow in Sequoia NF where we were met by about 30 mice in the house including 5 in the oven.
* The nearby 4 wheel drive access Tobias lookout had a couple who had been there for years and w ho believed that te sun was changing positions on the horizon from year-to-year.
* Pulling a 36 hour straight shift on a fire and being told we would not be paid for it.
I was raised in a sort of USFS/NPS family as my dad was the summer superintendent of Blister Rust Control Camps in Sequoia and Yosemite NP in the late 1940’s, and a summer patrol for the USFS on the Cleveland. In the rest of the year he was a school principal.
So, there you have some of my memories from several summers and one year of USFS work.
It has been fun reading this site!!