So you wanna be a hotshot. I sometimes maybe give off a false impression of what life is like on a crew because my camera is usually out when we're doing something fun like burning or sawing. We can't forget all the fun desert mop up days like this one. There's nothing that'll break a spirit faster than an endless sea of juniper ash pits in a 100 degree desert. Here Josh and David work on dry mopping one of said ash pits. Winter Fire, CO. Photo by: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
The light is always best at the end of shift. Winter Fire, Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Thursday throwback to one of my favorite fire pictures. I recently saw a post asking what being a wildland firefighter means to people. This to me is what it's about. The camaraderie you have with your crew. The nights spent out at a remote spike camp, sitting around a campfire after a long shift talking like you haven't been around each other 24/7 the whole summer. Jokingly complaining about how awful the line, food, coffee or hike in or out was, but looking back and being satisfied with the progress the crew has made. More and more I feel like firefighters are being told they're glamorous, adrenaline fueled heroes doing an extremely dangerous job, battling the forces of nature and more and more inexperienced firefighters are believing it and thinking that's what this job is about. It's sad and about as far from the truth as you can get. It's all about teamwork, camaraderie, and a few clear, calm decisions to solve evolving problems. Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945 Snake Fire 2016
The falling process involves a good size up. With fire weakened trees such as this, sawyers always take a good look up and down for hazards. The center was on fire and when there's fire in the center, it can follow rot lines up into the tree and weaken the tree higher up. Besides weak tops there can be widow maker limbs caught up high and hidden in the tree tops. #416fire Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Happy 4th of July everyone! The crew is traveling home for a couple days of r&r so we're looking for some good Independence Day type music to listen to. What're some of your favorites? Also, pop quiz, how many stripes were on the flag Francis Scott Key watched throughout the night he was inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner?
Our lead saw practicing digging so he can be on the dig next year. Also, I just realized I messed the crop up on this when it loaded, but I feel committed now. If you want to see the uncropped version it's on my personal profile which is attached. #416fire Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Braiden (L) and Jake (R) low stumping a stump from a burning snag they had just fell on the 416 Fire. Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
Jake Lang falling a snag in the morning sun along our proposed burn line. Before we do any firing operations, sawyers fall the snags (dead trees) that could impact the line we're using. 416 Fire Photo By: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945
The 2018 Wyoming Hotshots.
Here's a shot of the crew holding a line after a burn on the 416 fire. After a burn is lit firefighters spread out along the line to watch for embers that could float across the line and start a spot fire. Photo by: Kyle Miller @kwmiller945