I’m still technically traveling to my camp at the Landmark Complex. Roads are so rough, that everyone in and out is required to be escorted. The soonest convoy into camp leaves at 1400 my time…or in about an hour and fifteen minutes.
The fire just south of mine (they’re expected to burn together before too long), had some big problems last night. They waited too long to evacuate camp, and had to do what is called “sheltering in place”. That basically means that all of the folks at camp crowd towards the center of camp, where the least fire fuel is…in hopes of not being hurt. No one was…but the fire got so close, that the paint bubbled on some of the cars. The IMET there got embers in her shirt. Little scary. The Fire Behavior Analyst here has told me, that based on their models, there is about a 60-70% chance of the Landmark camp being burned in the next 14 days. Hopefully it waits until the 14th day. We’ll leave before that happens…not to worry.
The Governor of Idaho came to visit our camp today. The photo here, is of the IMET (Chuck) at this camp (not the one I’m going to this afternoon) briefing the gov on the weather. I told Chuck, it’s not too many times in your life, that someone peaks their head into your office and says, “the Governor needs you”. Pretty cool. In the photo, the Governor is on the left, and Chuck’s on the far right. The guy in the middle is the Incident Commander (IC).
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It’s that time again already. …this time on my own – since I’m a certified IMET. Little scary. This one is called the Landmark complex and is sort of close to Cascade, ID. As always, you can read about it in the National Interagency Coordination Center Incident Management Situation Report
This location is a dooooozy too. Nighttime temps have been ranging from 27 to 41 degrees F. Cold. Taking extra sweatshirts. I fly into Boise, ID…and then have about a 4.5 hour drive ahead of me…if I’m lucky. In my instructions to get to the camp, I was told to – at about an hour and a half out of camp:
***(STOP THERE AND MAKE SURE THAT THE ROAD TO LANDMARK
ICP IS SAFELY PASSABLE.)***
I guess, the fire might burn over the road to the Landmark camp, before I can get there. If that turns out to be the case – that’ll turn my 4.5 hour drive, into a 7.5 hour drive. Here’s hoping. Most of the roads I’ll be taking, for the last 2 hours or so are logging roads. So, they’re primarily dirt, and very very rough. That’s really why they let us rent SUV’s.
Right now, the fire is 47,157 acres big, and is only 30% contained. There are 645 people working on the fire. Some implements on the fire include 39 engines and 4 helicopters.