Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Feather River Firefighting, Northern California
Firefighters in the Feather River Canyon in Northern California get an overview of ongoing operations. This fire was started by Cartel marijuana growers making their escape from Federal Agents, and starting fires as they fled to cover their tracks. This is amazingly difficult terrain, with precipitous walls in the Canyon, draws and smaller canyons everywhere. Hiking is not hiking but more accurately scrambling, making firelines near vertical in spots. The logistical challenges are unbelievable. These Hotshots make it all just another day on the job, handling the extra effort and workload without a second thought. With any luck the spate of recent State actions on legalization will cut deeply into the market for these illegal grows which are devastating to our National Lands, leaving garbage strewn camps, dangerous chemicals and miles of PVC piping from their "irrigation projects".