Monday we continue the prep work we started the previous week. We also have received our Red Cards! This means that this will be VFC’s first “real” prescribed burn. We are excited to get our hands dirty. On Tuesday we meet at a predetermined location near where the RX will take place and receive a briefing from our Burn Boss, Mr. Clausen, and Burn Boss Trainee, Lindsey Fournier....Read more
The weekend before brought the area much rain so their will be no prescribed burning this week. That does not mean a week of relaxation in the “fire world.” It means a week of back breaking prep work. We start the days going out to Chino Valley and meeting with Crew 2’s second-in-command, Corey....Read more
Now the real work begins. The Prescott National Forest starts it’s first prescribed burn of the season this week. The VFC is sent on Monday to dig lines and prep the area for the prescribed burns that will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are still waiting to oﬃcially receive our “Red Cards” so this week we are appointed the duty of watching the weather....Read more
Early in October the team geared up to once again head to the Twitchell Canyon plots in the Beaver Ranger District of Fishlake. Impending thunderstorms however made retreat on the dirt forest service road possibly impassable, a risk they were just not willing to take. So they headed to the Powel Ranger District to the Blueﬂy plots allowing for the luxury of returning home each evening....Read more
Having spent the first 22+ years of my life on the North Shore of Massachusetts, I decided to join the SCA and experience life on the other side of the country. I began trail work with the Degenerate team in the Umatilla NF based in Oregon and three months later, decided to extend my visit out West by joining the PCT 2 crew....Read more
Our 7th hitch on the PCT brought us to the Diamond Peak Wilderness in Deschutes NF where a short stretch of trail was in dire need of our attention. We immediately began work during our 7 mile hike in to camp, logging out some downed trees in the trail....Read more
Hitch Report 3
Weeks 10 Oct. – 21 Oct.
Rolling in the Deep.
The first week began with James departing for Texas on a fire assignment. It was a great opportunity for him to work closely with a local fire crew and experience the incident command system found on fire assignments....Read more
Holy smokes. What just happened? The crew just got back from our first hitch and it was a doozy. Due to a tenuous funding situation as a result of new regulations regarding government grant contracts, the Rands crew could not legally begin work in the Rands by the start of our first hitch....Read more
WILDLIFE Hitch 10
For our last hitch, we co-lead in order to wrap up the Aspen-Inventory project. Data-management was our focus; first we had to finish uploading GPS points and aspen stand photos from previous hitches, as well as organize these files. This was slightly confusing, as there was some data in a different oﬃce, but we worked with what we had....Read more
Hitch 10 U-routes North
Hitch Leader: Stevi Swanson
The U-routes North crew worked mainly in the Rabbits Foot area; a summit area about 15 miles South of Moyer helibase. This u-routes hitch was unique in that it began with the elk hunting season in the area. Our crew stuck together in groups of at least two and wore bright colors to stand out....Read more