I participated in a New York State wildland firefighting crew this past August.  We were deployed to the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California. While there we mopped up, cold trailed and rehabilitated the Mad River Complex Fire.  You can read more about our deployment here.  The following are a few photos from my experience.

firefighting - charter jet
The Sierra Pacific Charter Jet we took to Redding, CA.
firefighting - arrival at camp
Arrival at fire camp in Mad River, CA.

 

Six Rivers National Forest
Working hot spots off a bulldozer fire line in Six Rivers National Forest.
firefighting
Squad One (Left to Right)- Dan Tuthill, Howard Kreft, Chris Spraige, Rob Praczkajlo, Steve Brown.

firefighters taking a break
Firefighter Dan Tuthill takes a break while searching for areas of residual heat from the fire.
NYS Forest Ranger Rob Praczkajlo
NYS Forest Ranger Rob Praczkajlo overlooks burned landscape on the Johnson Fire.
Rehabilitating bulldozer fire line on the Gobbler Fire
Rehabilitating bulldozer fire line on the Gobbler Fire.

 

Crew resting on the Johnson Fire
Crew resting on the Johnson Fire after rehabilitating fire line and building water bars.
working fire line
Morning briefing on day 14 (last day of working on the fire line).
redwood
Giant Redwood