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3 firefighters killed in WA wildfires

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by clearconscience, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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  2. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    What happened to the huge planes they are complaining about not having funding for after the last bad year of wildfires? They complained they needed them then and here we are in a worse year and still no heavy support.
     
  3. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your words clearconscience, I am left without them.
     
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  4. Provincial

    Provincial Near Salem, OR Well-Known Member

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    Evergreen went bankrupt, so the 747 isn't available. Too much politics involved with these contracts. :(
     
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  5. TOVO

    TOVO SW WA. Active Member

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    My prayers go out to there family's.
     
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  6. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Condolences to the families.

    View from my deck this afternoon, s seems to be htf.

    205ux3p.jpg
     
  7. misterarman

    misterarman Vancouver,Wa. USA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I believe someone else has it now and it is even better than when Evergreen had em and the gvt still won't use them.
     
  8. Charliehorse

    Charliehorse Cascade Mts - State of Jefferson USA Well-Known Member

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    RIP... prayers for their families.
     
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  9. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Maybe their not union. Or they didn't pay the corrupt govt enough.
    Why should they care it's not their kids dying out there. Not their homes burning. :mad:
     
  10. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    My best friends daughter and fiancé both fight fires with the forest service. She's in a helicopter.
    He's on the ground.

    She visits a couple times a year and I love her dearly. But her job scares the crap out of me.
    These stories make my heart stop. And I'm going to be sick until I hear there both OK.

    I can't think of what these families are going through. Just the thought brings tears to my eye's.
    I prey they get through this.



    I think she's stationed in Arizona. But was in Washington last month. I will keep trying to call her.
     
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  11. waglockfan

    waglockfan Puget Sound Well-Known Member

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    :(

    Bad news to hear. My wife is a volunteer FF and does more structure than wildland.

    My condolences to the families.
     
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  12. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Just heard back from them. Both are just fine. I think?
     
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  13. 45alive

    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear of the Loss of these BRAVE Men. RIP. We will Pray for their Families.
     
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    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    That is Good News, they look to be in Good Spirits.
     
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  15. misterarman

    misterarman Vancouver,Wa. USA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    The cold hard fact of the matter is if the forests were managed better or at all the wildfires would do a lot less damage and/or there would be less of them putting these firefighters in danger.
    The tree huggers seem to have shut down logging so much there is just so much more to burn.
    It's kind of like fighting a war you can't win.
    Then if you think about all the positive jobs a forest management program would create it becomes even more frustrating in my brain.
    Sorry to maybe get off track but it's all tied together.
    I'm just thankful we have these brave people trying to keep us safe.
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I don't know how to post pics (and not gunna try) but I wish I could post a pic of the standing dead timber that I get for firewood.
    Nice dry bark,tops all dead and brown,usually in clusters since it's some beatle killing the trees.
    And tons of limbs and downed timber.
    One short trip up in my back yard and you can see why the fire grow so fast.
    And they charge us to get wood instead of paying us to clear out the fuel

    REMEMBER,the fire fighters understand what they are getting into.Not saying the fires couldn't be managed better. But these guys and girls know what they are doing.
    And the families have to sit and wait and hope their kids get back

    My condolences to all the families with kids out there.Hope they all get home safe

    BTW where is Nwcid? He must be out in a fire someplace
     
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    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    We are using VLAT's regularly this summer, there are only so many to go around and they cant be everywhere at once.
    A VLAT wouldn't have saved those firefighters