Fighting eastern Washington wildfires
Fire District 13 crews answer call
August 18, 2021
I received the call on the morning of the 23rd of July to mobilize the tender and could not find anyone who would or could take the un-airconditioned beast to eastern Washington, so the job fell to me. Within hours I was headed to the Grand Coulee.
The first fire we fought was the Northrup Canyon Fire. We mostly did mop up of any hotspots. In fact, that is a common job of strike teams: to finish corralling the fire and making sure it does not re-kindle. This is why strike teams often jokingly refer to themselves as Mop-Shots as opposed to Hot Shots. There is always the chance though that a...