Our 2018 saw squad photo. It's been a steady decline from the 2014 saw photo pictured second. L to R Kyle Miller (sawboss), Anthony Weidner, Ray Varland (lead saw), Braiden Bellinger, Jon Troxell, Birney Brayton, and Jake Lang.
Firing off a division whiskey on the Britania Mountain Fire. Ray in the center is lighting along the road while another lighter is deeper in lighting. Also get your apps ready if you're interested in a position next year. The application period is open. The process is through usajobs.gov. Create a profile and search with these announcement numbers for the position you're interested in. Gs-4 seasonal - 19-temp-r2f-fthh-4dt-jn Gs-5 seasonal - 19-temp-r2f-fthh-4dt-jn Cut off date to apply is October 13th. Hiring will follow in late January. Photo by Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Ray lighting on a backfiring operation on the Britania Mountain Fire. We were dragging fire trying to seal off division whiskey last night. We were out until 1am firing but had to hold up and wait for the burn group in division zulu to get closer to where the burn would tie together. Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Ray coming back through the smoke with a fusee. We were doing some small burnouts trying to cut off the fire's progression across a draw. A fusee is a flare and firefighters often carry a few just for instances like this. Britania Fire, Wyoming. Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Anna doing a little clean up at the end of the burn. The fire in the background is where we tied it in with @tatankahotshots. For those of you wondering, we're trying to burn the fuel between us and the fire. The good thing about this, especially in a subalpine fuel type is we can try to burn it hot and when the wind is in our favor. The main control issue in the fuel type is spotting from torching so going direct is kind of a futile effort most of the time. Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Prentiss watching to see how our column is doing during a firing operation on the Indian Valley Fire. When crews are firing, someone should always be watching to see what the winds are doing to the smoke column. Sometimes it's deceiving when you're on the ground next to the fire, especially in the timber. Currently the crew is checking into the Vineyard Fire in Hot Springs SD. Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945