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Jul 17, 2018 - Man, is this bed ever soft.

I am in Salt Lake City, well fed and clean. I had planned to write a nice long journal entry about my experiences over the last few days.... but then I got a shower and a wonderful meal, and all my resolve has melted away. For now I will just say that I loved Fire camp and I hope to do it again before too long. I had thought I would only deploy once per year but if I get the opportunity, I would like to go a second time before this season is over. For a little while yesterday I thought I might get to go to a fire at Crater Lake and I was...

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Jul 15, 2018 - Leaving early

The fire has diminished so I'm excused to come home a couple days early...but it will take 2 days to be ready to leave. I have a presentation to give tomorrow and a smoke monitor to disassemble, then a whole day for checking out on Tuesday. I am very excited to have gotten window seats on both planes for the trip home. Best for sleeping! Goodnight...

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Jul 12, 2018 - Time flies....and crawls....and flies

I've gotten a few inquiries from folks wanting to know if I was still ok so here is a reassurance that my tent and I have not floated down the river. I am still really enjoying the job but the pace is pretty intense. I made it to mid-afternoon of my schedule in a previous entry so I'll pick up from there. We try to get out into the community for an hour or two every afternoon which really does help break up the day. Sometimes we just make observations about the smoke, sometimes we might check on a monitor, and usually we try to find a few...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Tent trauma, day 3

I have a borrowed rain fly and a story to go with it but my eyelids are too heavy for typing. Perhaps tomorrow night. In the meantime, it is nice to be dry and I thought you might like to know I'm under cover. Goodnight! OKAY.... here is the story: After the puddle day, I spent one night with several holes in my rain fly and fortunately it didn't rain that night. The forecast called for a pretty good chance (50/50, I think) of showers every afternoon for the following few days though so I figured I'd better take some sort of remedial...

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Jul 8, 2018 - Tent trouble, day 2

Here is my daily routine: Up at 5 Start work at 5:30, looking at the most recent weather forecast and air monitoring results from overnight to finalize my smoke predictions for the day. Huge meeting at 6 7-8, type up smoke outlook and distribute it to interested parties 8:00 breakfast!!! 8:30 check on correspondence 9:00 & 10:00 two more meetings 10:30 maybe a coffee break catch up on paperwork Lunch (30 min) Look at weather forecasts and monitor output to see whether they are matching what we expected. THEN if everything is fairly caught...

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Jul 7, 2018 - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

To start with I'll say all is ok and the story has a happy ending so no need to worry. And with that...here goes: Today started at 5am which is my everyday start time in fire camp. I've been waking at 4:50 and actually like walking up to the command post in the pre-dawn hour. There are dusk to dawn lights so no flashlight is needed but there is an appeal to knowing I am doing something important enough to be up before dawn, and there is a very strong feeling of teamwork as I'm greeted by firefighters heading out and other support staff...

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Jul 5, 2018 - On my way to Utah

Well... things moved slowly until they suddenly moved very quickly. After thinking that I was all set to go I found out my red card had still not been processed. So I awoke on July 4 thinking I would certainly not get sent anywhere since whoever needed to process it was likely on government holiday. WRONG! Around 10 am I got an email saying my red card had been issued, and about half an hour later I got a text from the program lead asking whether I was available to deploy. Wow.... that was quick! As it turns out I believe he may have...

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