|A volunteer firefighter wades the creek to attack one flank of the brush fire.|
All day the wind had set the pine trees nodding and bending. A patrolling BLM fire patrol truck had gone up and down our road once in the morning.
As I was working in the early afternoon, the power briefly blinked off. Maybe that was when the winds slammed the wires against a dead cottonwood tree on a ranch to the north, setting off a brisk three-acre brush fire in the riparian zone, full of tall, prickly currant bushes, dormant willows, and narrow-leaf cottonwoods.
For once we had water. I pulled the brush truck down along the creek, hooked up some 1-inch forestry line, and others started hauling it across to attack the fire.
Someone else prepared a drafting hose to refill the truck's tank. Oh water, lots of water. Like city hydrants!
Both floating pumps were in the water too—you can barely see one at lower left, with a 1.5-inch line attached.
Yes, Bob should be wearing wildland PPE, but he is not. On the other hand, he was there — and willing to stand in thigh-deep cold spring run-off.
"Big Sister" department came from the nearest town, and the BLM and Forest Service sent engines too. Four hours later we declared it out, sort of. We'll need to patrol more in the morning, checking the smoldering logs, etc. There may be, as the feds like to say, "smoke on the incident."