Burning tree, dropped as a hazard at the Ferguson Fire off Glacier Point Rd near the intersection with Highway 41 in Yosemite National Park. Large logs will burn for days as the pitch and dense fuels slowly are consumed from the inside. From the ground this log looked like a chimney on it’s side, putting out puffs of smoke intermittently. On closer inspection, looking into the 4-foot wide chasm of the tree’s cross section, was a blast furnace of heat and hot gases coming from the side. Even in full PPE, helmet, and shroud, the heat was intense enough that I couldn’t get much closer than a few feet. Overall the Western Sierra Nevada mountains are in poor health at mid-elevations, suffering from a combination of drought and bark beetle kill, causing many trees to be a danger both to firefighters and civilians alike. It certainly kept your head on a swivel.
Pinchot Partners members and Forest Service Staff talk about the steps and challenges the group went through in completing their leave tree marking exercise. The group talked about the various aspects of the decision making process they used to achieve the desired outcome of the prescription defined for the management goals of this stand. #forestry#usfs#washington#wood#forestproud
Yesterday watching the fire fighters do everything they could to keep the #polecreekfire out of the place I love so much, Hobble Creek. This is literally standing on the ridge that separates Wanrhodes and Packards canyon. The air support dropping water and fire retardant was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, especially being so close, but It’s so sad to see how far and how much country this fire has destroyed. They would get one area out and another would start up from the wind and hot ash. My heart aches for everyone who has lost so much. Last I heard from the other riders was that it was passed Molly’s nipple. I’m praying they can get it controlled before it forever changes my Happy Place. Also praying everything else is able to get all their cattle out of the area, and that it doesn’t reach the homes and structures. .
Situational Awareness... Getting an in-breif on the terrain we're working with helps familiarize us firefighters on the ground with what needs to be done to effectively fight the fire. Our crew boss trainee Jared giving us the grand tour on day 1. 🌲🔥
What is it about the job that keeps us going? Is it the strenuously hard work? Is it the service mentality towards the community? Is it the comradeship that comes with your crews? Is it the danger that comes with the job? Is it the food at fire camp? Is it the traveling all over the country? Is it the paycheck thats barely enough? Or is it because its just a bad ass thing to do for your country, your community, and your family? Whatever the reason is, thank you for your hard work. As a rookie, it always excites me to know that when it comes to service, i am not alone. Try it out. Be an asset and become successful at it. If not firefighting, try @teamrubicon .
I love my job and everyone that has helped me get to where i am now. God bless. #wildlandfirefighter#Engine57Idyllwild#USFS#Tongan#Ofahulu E Ofa Hulu si'o ofa e....
Photo by @loutzy1
I've got Yosemite on the brain today!!
Went and saw the premiere of Dawn Wall the film last night; I followed their journey in real time over 3 years ago, and to finally get to see the film was pretty cool! @tommycaldwell and @kjorgeson are two badass climbers and to see their emotional journey as well really added another element to the film. .
#TBT 2014 coming down from the Panorama trail past Nevada Falls. #yosemite#nevadafalls#chasingwaterfalls#yosemitenationalpark#nps#findyourpark
A few years back I worked on the Spanish Fork Ranger District for a couple seasons on a trail crew for the USFS. From that experience I have truly grown to love the southern end of the Wasatch and have created many memories in the those mountains since. It’s hard to see the devastation from the Pole Creek/Bald Mountain fires but I suppose it’s Mother Nature’s way of cleaning out the closet. Hoping one day I can return home to see the regrowth and generation of the forest that takes place after such an event!!! #mtnebo#trailcrew#usfs#baldmountainfire#polecreekfire#usfs#home#wasatch#mothernature#nastolgia