Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beep Beep Vegitation Fire...San Benito County

We dreaded hearing those words from the King City CDF Dispatch Center because we knew how hot, steep and miserable that country can be. As a 20 year old it really made you second guess your decision to not go off to college and instead work for federal minimum wage with 200' of hose strapped to your back. For some reason it all made sense once the fire was winding down, the Kentucky Fried Chicken was delivered to the fire-line by Marlee, and all the wonderful sights and smells of the Gabilan Range could be enjoyed. I learned how to fight fire on all those god forsaken roads while assigned to the San Benito / Monterey CDF Ranger Unit. Now I simply enjoy the memories and all the silky roads that I took for granted all those years. I would like to thank Division Chief Phil Matteson, Battalion Chief Don Lawler (retired), Captain Steve Beniot (retired), Battalion Chief Jeff Row (retired) and Captain Karen Griffith (retired) for teaching me the BEU (drip-torch & a shovel) version of wildland fire behavior.

AC enjoying some super early San Benito sunshine.

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