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Real Long Day! Fire Camp New Picts
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Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:19:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

First day at Fire Camp. Got briefed on the fire, cloned the Radio to there Freqs so we could have Comuncations with each other. Drove about 40 miles up a mountian to the top where they were moping up a part of the fire. Filled Portable 1,000 gal Water Tanks (they pump out of these to hoses) and Brush Trucks (Type 6 Engines)all day. 1 hour per round trip to get water for them. Camp was moved to 18 mins from home so I get to come home at the end of the day!! Had a blast on the narrow roads having to dodge rocks & branches on the Dozer Trail to get into the woods. A guy fills my truck overhead at a pond at the rate of 500 gals a min so I don't have to draft, just drive under a big hose. The road was so narrow that only my size Tender could get in and up it. Going back tomorrow to the same place. So I am getting lots of work with the truck early in the season!! Mark H.

Clod    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:27:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
That dont look like a lot of water capacity in that tank Willy.Maybe 350 gallons? Im going look at the photos now.

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:44:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I haul 1,200 gals and the Portable only holds 1,000 gals of water. So I have 200 gals left over to fill one small Brush truck. Mark H.

Clod    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:44:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

Looks like a D model is trying to get a scoopload of water.I bet he fans the flames pretty good.

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 21:59:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
The drop line on the bucket is about 4 times longer than what you see. You should see it turn it swings way out and leans the Helo in a long banked turn!! He is dipping out of the Columbia River. Mark H.

Clod    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:06:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
1200 gallons? That sure dont look like that big of a tank but maybe the picture is confusing. If that pilot got that line across one of the power lines he might sparkle a bit. I wonder how many gallons that chopper hauls? The engine could be more useful to blast the fire out from the back of your truck.

Willy-N    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:38:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Tank is 4'X 5' X 8" long 160 cubic ft at 7.49 gals per cubic ft a little over 1,198.4 gals add the top fill & Pipes 1,200 gals plus. The Helo carries 500 gals. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 07-03-2004 at 22:47:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
it,s fun to watch them choppers with a full bag trying to get up over the top of some of our mountains to drop onto fires, the air is thinner, they often look for passes to fly through rather than over the top of the ridge but sometimes they have to go over the top and if the winds is howling it can get interesting.

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