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-This is a slide show of five pictures taken during a burnout operation by the Silver State Hotshots on the Lang Syne Fire in July 1999 about 20 miles south of Winnemucca (click on the arrows to go on to the next picture). I was with a Strike Team of engines holding the burn. The first four pictures are in chronological order, and the last picture is of a fire whirl that sprung up during the burn. It spotted a couple of times, but we were successful in completing the burn. The fire whirl picture is courtesy of Gary Cook.

       I have constructed this site to inform people about wildland fire and to provide as much information as possible for wildland firefighters. There are many Links for wildland fire information for the general public and wildland fire suppression community. I need to say thanks to my wife, who is a former wildland firefighter, for making me update over the years. My brother also fights fire for Carson City BLM. Don't plan on many future updates, but if you come across any dead links please E-mail me and let me know.

         The Great Basin is primarily considered a semi-arid desert. We experience cold, wet winters and hot, dry summers with typically less that 16 inches of rainfall per year. Our main fuel types are fine flashy fuels such as cheat grass, sagebrush, stands of pinion juniper, and mixed conifer forests at higher elevations. Due to our fuel types we generally experience large, fast burning fires during the burning period (1000-1800 hrs). The average fire behavior can be classified as high to extreme on most fires between the months of June though September. During the late night and early morning humidity recovery generally causes fires to not burn as actively as they do during the heat of the day. Wet winters typically lead to an abundance of fine flashy fuels such as cheat grass that promote large, fast moving fires after grasses cure. 

         For more info take a look around my site by clicking on the links below. Check out the recently added video of E-1932 , the ATC Wildland Ultra (also known as Tatra).A lot of fire information such as weather reports, situation reports, and more can be found by going to the Reports. If you want to look at Pictures, I have over 200 of them on this site. There is also Employment Information and other Wildland Fire Links. If you want more information, have comments about my site, or questions about wildland firefighting then E-Mail me. Thanks for visiting and enjoy my site!

Helicopter 85-Alpha doing bucket work on the Mud Springs Fire near Midas, NV in July 2001.  Higher resolution picture found on 2001-2002 Fire Season Picture Page. Wildland Fire Pictures
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National/Regional Fire Information
Nevada Fire Season Statistics
Fire Orders and Watchout Situations
Wildland Fire Employment Information
Wildland Fire Links
National Fire Training Network (external link)
Download NWCG PDF Taskbooks (external link)
Download ICS PDF Forms (external link)

Nevada State Interagency Rookie School Pictures 

I had the opportunity to work as the Lead  Instructor for the  NV State Rookie School  from 2002 until 2004.  Here are some pictures that I took from the field exercises during the second session in 2002. Rookie School is held at the UNR Fire Science Academy in Carlin, NV. It consists of a six-day long session with about 100 students in each session. Training includes I-100, S-130, L-180, S-190 and various short courses on many different topics. We also have a hand tool field exercise, engine use field exercise, and a simulated fire in which crews cut line in a simulated wildland fire incident.  Over 100 students and instructors representing the BLM, USFS, USFWS, NDF, NPS, BIA, various Rural Fire Departments, and State Fire Marshall's Office attend each session, and it usually runs within the first two weeks of June. Clicking on thumbnails will open up the full size picture in a new window. Close the new window to return to this page.

Tool sharpening group listening to instructor Britt Davis as an oil well prop is burning in the background.

Log chopping station learning how to use a Pulaski safely as instructor Victor Rodman watches over.

Rookies learning how to cut line as instructor Michelle Martin supervises.

Another group of students listening to instructors Steve Murray and Glenn Stillsmoking while sharpening tools.

UPDATED: 04/20/2005

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