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HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 26, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
I remember those Avengers fighting the fires around Salt Lake Valley.
One particularly vivid memory of them making 3 or 4 drops one afternoon on the lower slopes of Mt Olympus just above town. Could see them from my yard but Mom drove us up 39th south to get a closer view (she loved that stuff). Now nothing but houses all they way up to the lowest slabs on Olympus. No range fires up there now.
CalFire retired their P2Vs a couple of years ago.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Yeti! I am soooo-glad the Beaver Creek Fire ended well for the Wood River Valley.

It looks like you were able to get out of the smoke and have some fun too.

I really like this photo, taken by the wife of a friend, of his mowing their lawn, while the fire above Hailey backs down Carbonate Mountain.
The solution to uncontrollable  threats in rural America.  Mow the law...
The solution to uncontrollable threats in rural America. Mow the lawn, pull some weeds, & maybe have a drink.
Credit: Fritz

The fire did bring back some memories of being on a 1960's "Helitack" Fire Crew based out of Hailey.
File photo of a copter similar to ours.
File photo of a copter similar to ours.
Credit: Fritz
Our fire-copter was a Bell "bubble-top 47G that seated three.

One statistic I find interesting is: the second summer I worked Helitack, our Forest Service Region (S & Central Idaho, W. Wyoming, N Utah, & N. Nevada) had 16 helicopters assigned. 12 of them had accidents or mechanical failure and crashed during the summer.

The next summer our Vietnam-vet helicopter pilot Danny Danielson, and his mechanic took our copter for a test flight after maintenance. The engine died a couple thousand feet above Hailey Idaho, and Danny “auto-rotated” the copter in to a hard landing in a vacant lot. Danny & the mechanic jumped out of the smoking wreck and ran for safety, as it exploded behind them.




Yeti

Trad climber
Ketchum, Idaho
Aug 27, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
Fritz: The lawnmower operator is Matt Wells and that's the house I stayed in the night I was evacuated before going to the City. The fire wasn't there when I left....Cheers.....Yeti
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 25, 2013 - 05:55am PT
Huh, what?

That's beyond even me!

Whoot!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2013 - 10:10am PT
Mouse: I think it's a plug for a video-----maybe, or just ravings by someone better at raving than you or me x 100?

So long as I'm here though. When early Sept. rains fell on the burned area up Greenhorn Gulch.

Looking east down Greenhorn Gulch towards Big Wood River.
Looking east down Greenhorn Gulch towards Big Wood River.
Credit: internet

The results were a series of mudslides. Luckily no more homes were destroyed and it was just a new sort of cleanup for some unlucky residents.
Credit: internet

When I was in the area for a day on Sept 20, the Greenhorn road was closed and it was evident that a sea of mud had covered the valley floor.
Credit: Fritz

Here's an aerial shot of the one home lost in the fire. It was at the mouth of a densely forested side-canyon to Greenhorn and word is that a unstoppable wall of flames came down that canyon and took out the house.
Credit: internet
BJ

climber
Oct 25, 2013 - 10:52am PT
Credit: BJ

That is actually an interesting photo. One hundred feet of unburned defenseable land surrounds a burned out hulk. I have to think the house was not built or maintained correctly in a fire zone
Ain't no flatlander

climber
Oct 25, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Most likely pine needles in the gutters or valleys of the roof. The best construction design and materials are moot if you don't do the annual maintenance.
BJ

climber
Oct 25, 2013 - 11:52am PT
That's what I was thinking.
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Boulder climber
CA
Feb 15, 2014 - 03:39am PT
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fluffy

Trad climber
Colorado
Feb 15, 2014 - 04:12am PT
Ember loft: It only takes one landing on the the wrong spot. All the defensible space in the world won't help if the house is flammable and the fire is in the canopy or burning house to house. Structures burning in high winds tend to catch other structures on fire.

That Greenhorn Gulch pic is wild Fritz thanks for sharing.
BJ

climber
Feb 27, 2014 - 10:51am PT
/\ Perfectly stated
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2014 - 10:53am PT
IssacPumpas - I bet he does.
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