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M&K's Retrievers
04-25-2011, 11:45 PM
As most know, Texas is experiencing terrible wildfires. This link shows some interesting photos:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/04/texas-wildfires/100050/

1tulip
04-26-2011, 01:15 AM
It's been 10 days since Rick Perry sent a request to D.C. for national disaster designation. The silence has been deafening. Reckon there are hard feelings between the Obamanites and Texas?

You'll also remember all the support and federal action following the devastating tornadoes in North Carolina, and the destruction in Saint Louis. (Neither do I.) And the floods that nearly wiped Nashville off the map... (ditto.)

But then there is the billion dollar re-election campaign that has to be funded so Mr. Obama is a busy man. Unless you can come up with a 5 figure donation for a seat at a dinner, don't expect to hear from him.

Nor_Cal_Angler
04-26-2011, 01:32 AM
Here's to the brave Soul's that are working those fires....

I know what its like.....

Not to take away from their hard work....a look at some of the fire's I have worked...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Fire

On that fire...the firefighter that lost his life...Steve Rucker from Navato Fire, I ate breakfast with that morning...we woke, our strike team leader went to morning briefing and came back. He told us we would be heading out to division (K)ilo to a town called Jullian...we were in the mess line and I looked out at the other (est.) 400 others already eating, trying to find a place for our crew to eat...there was a table that had one side (bench) open and the oppsite was a group of Navato FF's spoke up to our Capt. and said why dont we eat with some local (to us, bay area) boys...so we sat down and started the small talk...we found out that they had been assigned to division K as well and that they would be leaving in the same convoy in about 30 min...

I will never forget the MAYDAY,MAYDAY,MAYDAY....EMERGENCY TRAFFIC....Strike Team 2150 Alfa, Navato Fire over run.....seaking shelter inside abandon structure....STATIC........

I have worked...numbers 1,2,8,9,12,18......I could have worked a few others but they didnt fall on my shift and by the time re-calls were sent out the county already had strike teams in place.

http://www.fire.ca.gov/about/downloads/20LACRES.pdf

NCA

1tulip
04-26-2011, 01:49 AM
Dear NorCal...

My Son-in-law was a firefighter on a hotshot crew stationed at Hat Creek for many years. When it is all on the line, these guys work till they drop, without sleep, without enough food for the energy they expend... they just keep going until the fire is out.

Our communities cannot thank them enough.

Gerry Clinchy
04-26-2011, 09:40 AM
Praying for Texas and all those in danger.