Diggin’ Dirt and Sawin’ Stuff

  • July 25, 2018
  • Posted by Chet Kirby

So the excerpt might be a slight lie, we are not actually planning on releasing any music as a crew but it is an accurate representation of what we have been up to recently. Our last two hitches have been in the Spotted Bear Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest and there we have been preparing an area for a prescribed burn. The burn is to take place later this season (weather permitting) so we were adding the final touches. Just to clarify a firebreak is an area of clearcut (in our case 30 ft wide) that has all trees and fuel, within reason, removed and a fireline is basically a trail that does not look pretty and instead of switchbacks, the line just bombs straight up hills regardless of how steep it is. We sawed trees that had fallen into the firebreak and digging the fireline in the dirt to contain the fire (hence the title of this post). We were essentially doing the work of a hotshot crew for 20 days. Just without the fire. The work was long and hard, but everyone was smiling at the end of the day.


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