Smoke Over the Mountains

In the past two weeks, I have been up here in Crown King, AZ, helpin’ out the Fire Department with Fuel Mitigation work.  basically, the AmeriCorps NCCC team, Sun 3, goes out with some of the members of the local Fire Department, cut brush, pile them, dig line around the piles, then light them on fire.  All in all, we are having a lot of fun up here in the Bradshaw Mountains. 

While we are all enjoyin’ what we are doing, not all our work would seem like fun and games.  We work long hours (usually from 7:45 am to 5 pm, but sometimes longer hours due to classes, trainings, drills and meetings), work hard controlling the burns, and we have to mop-up all our fires (make sure they are out and will not burn anymore than we want them to).  We work in hazardous conditions (steep terrain, falling trees and smoke), working to keep control of the flames themselves.

If you were to ask any one of the members of the Fire Management Team, none of them would trade this project and this work for any other project.  We have had the experience of a lifetime in the few short weeks that we have been here in Crown King (the two that I’ve been here and the six that the team has). 

We have each found something that we love here.  Between the small, ghost-town that we reside in to the experience of learning and playing with fire, each of us has found our nitch here.  I’ve come to discover, throughout the Fire Fighter training in Colorado Springs and the few short weeks here, that I have found something that I would love doing, fighting wildland fires. 

It is dangerous work, but God has given each of us a passion, a will and a oppertunity to do what we love.

God Bless and PEACE

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