2014 with the Vale Hotshots

South Steens Complex   |   Steens Mountains, Oregon   |   September 18 - 24, 2014

Moon Hill Prescribed Burn   |   Burns, Oregon   |   September 12 - 18, 2014

Deception Complex   |   Oak Ridge, Washington   |   August 25 - September 9, 2014

Located in the Willamette National Forest, this complex consisted of six different fires, which were all contained together in one "big box" and were allowed to burn within the containment lines.

Chiwaukum Complex   |   Leavenworth, Washington   |   August 9 - 22, 2014

We worked on the Hansel and Duncan fires, both a part of the Chiwaukum Complex. We received significant rain during this roll so we didn't see intense fire behavior, but there was still plenty of of work to be done.

 

Carlton Complex   |  Twisp, Washington   |  July 21 - August 5, 2014

We spent a full 14 days on this fire spread out over a few different divisions. The ground we worked was very steep and we had some big hikes. Even the salty dogs said it was one of the more physically demanding rolls.

Early Season   |  Vale area   |  May - June   

Beaver Creek Fire | August 2013

Near the towns of Hailey and Ketchum Idaho, this fire again threatened the Sun Valley ski area. I was working on a Type II engine and was witness to the extreme fire activity that took place in the Greenhorn subdivision. We were able to save every house but one, which is amazing considering the intensity of the fire. I was unable to take photographs of those times because I was actively engaged in firefighting. The one house that burned was at the junction of two drainages where fire converged and reportedly blew out the windows of the house.

West Fork Complex | June 2013

This fire began in the wilderness near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, then spread parallel to Highway 160 to threaten Salida. I was part of a strike team of engines that evacuated people living along Highway 160 east of Wolf Creek Ski area, including the Fun Valley, Lonesome Dove, and Moon Valley RV parks. Salida was evacuated shortly after and was spared only because the winds shifted to the North, placing the Creede area in the crosshairs next. When that happened, my engine was grouped into a small task force that performed initial attack on the flank of the fire that directly threatened the RC Guest Ranch.