Small fire camp burned over in New Mexico

Burned fire campThree firefighters rode horses into a wilderness area in the Gila National Forest to assess the Turkey Fire in early June. As they were setting up fire camp the least experienced of the three began to construct a fire line around the location, but the Incident Commander, who spent 17 years on a local hotshot crew, told him not to bother, explaining that nearby meadows would keep the fire from spreading toward their camp. After dropping off their equipment, they left to develop a plan to protect a cabin.

Upon returning they discovered that the fire had burned through the site, destroying all of their supplies and equipment.

You can read the entire report at the Lessons Learned website, which is the source of these photos.

Burned fire camp

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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