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Fire season knocked on the back door.
Sep 13, 2021 21:04:20   #
bric Loc: Helena, MT
 
We live by some wildlands with dry grass and pines. Saturday afternoon the wind came up and awhile later our neighbor knocked on the door and alerted us of a fire on the hill behind our neighborhood. I called 911 and immediately deployed the garden hose along the back edge of the yard. I donned my yellow Nomex shirt, grabbed a hand tool and headed up the hill to see how far from the house it was. There was already an engine crew working the fire. I told them I lived here and would stay out of the way.
It was quite the response with initial attack forces from all over the area. Law enforcement asked us to evacuate but I stayed to spray water if needed. The hero of the day was the helicopter dropping buckets of water. There was a stock pond close by and I timed the ship with 1min30 second turn around time. The pilot of the helicopter was super good and fun to watch. He was able to get enough buckets on the fire in a short time to knock the fire down with no threat to nearby homes.
I know it doesn’t look that dramatic but when it’s right behind your house it’s a little exciting. Click on the video of the chopper. I love helicopters!
View from back porch
View from back porch...
Me up on the hill
Me up on the hill...


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Sep 13, 2021 21:23:30   #
saw1 Loc: nor cal Windsor
 
bric wrote:
We live by some wildlands with dry grass and pines. Saturday afternoon the wind came up and awhile later our neighbor knocked on the door and alerted us of a fire on the hill behind our neighborhood. I called 911 and immediately deployed the garden hose along the back edge of the yard. I donned my yellow Nomex shirt, grabbed a hand tool and headed up the hill to see how far from the house it was. There was already an engine crew working the fire. I told them I lived here and would stay out of the way.
It was quite the response with initial attack forces from all over the area. Law enforcement asked us to evacuate but I stayed to spray water if needed. The hero of the day was the helicopter dropping buckets of water. There was a stock pond close by and I timed the ship with 1min30 second turn around time. The pilot of the helicopter was super good and fun to watch. He was able to get enough buckets on the fire in a short time to knock the fire down with no threat to nearby homes.
I know it doesn’t look that dramatic but when it’s right behind your house it’s a little exciting. Click on the video of the chopper. I love helicopters!
We live by some wildlands with dry grass and pines... (show quote)


Hey buddy. Glad they were able to get it under control quickly. Thankfully no houses were lost or people hurt.

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Sep 13, 2021 21:27:04   #
ranger632 Loc: Calif
 
Know the feeling, live in the forest by Yosemite, always worry about fires until the rains come in Oct or Nov. Glad you are safe and sound

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Sep 13, 2021 21:58:35   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
YIKES!!! Glad to hear that you and your neighborhood are OK! Good reaction on your part to advise the fire guys ASAP...and it sounds like somebody else was on it too in terms of the rapid response. Good to nip it in the bud right away! I sure wish your region would start getting some much needed rain on a regular basis...and I know we all feel the same about that!

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Sep 13, 2021 22:28:17   #
Jarheadfishnfool Loc: Tulare, Ca.
 
Glad everything turned out good buddy, yes sometimes you have to do what's best to protect your property, this weekend two forest fires started here in Sequoia National Park ,they've closed the park ,and Mineral King, smoky here this morning, 35 miles to entrance from here, have a good one my friend.

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Sep 13, 2021 23:00:28   #
Catfish hunter Loc: Riggins idaho
 
bric wrote:
We live by some wildlands with dry grass and pines. Saturday afternoon the wind came up and awhile later our neighbor knocked on the door and alerted us of a fire on the hill behind our neighborhood. I called 911 and immediately deployed the garden hose along the back edge of the yard. I donned my yellow Nomex shirt, grabbed a hand tool and headed up the hill to see how far from the house it was. There was already an engine crew working the fire. I told them I lived here and would stay out of the way.
It was quite the response with initial attack forces from all over the area. Law enforcement asked us to evacuate but I stayed to spray water if needed. The hero of the day was the helicopter dropping buckets of water. There was a stock pond close by and I timed the ship with 1min30 second turn around time. The pilot of the helicopter was super good and fun to watch. He was able to get enough buckets on the fire in a short time to knock the fire down with no threat to nearby homes.
I know it doesn’t look that dramatic but when it’s right behind your house it’s a little exciting. Click on the video of the chopper. I love helicopters!
We live by some wildlands with dry grass and pines... (show quote)


Those chopper pilots are amazing aren’t they. We watched them all summer here in Riggins near the elk ranch I work at. The Big Salmon River is their water source. Pretty neat to watch them coil those ropes up in, about, an 8 foot loop when landing for the day. Impressive and they get some work done with those water bags. Load and unload time is unreal.by the time the bag hits the water and they turn the chopper it’s full and they’re off again. They swing it up-current, it fills floating with the current and it’s full by the time they turn around. Like less than 15 seconds from empty to full and away they go.

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