Newspaper suggests residents bring beer to firefighters

Horsethief Canyon Fire and bike race
Bicycle racers ride past the Horsethief Canyon fire. Photo by David Cernicek

Firefighters generally don’t have an opportunity to read newspapers while they are working on a fire unless an Information Officer posts them on a bulletin board at the Incident Command Post. But firefighters on the Horsethief Canyon Fire just south of Jackson, Wyoming would have been intrigued, at least, if they knew that a writer for a local paper, the JH Weekly, wrote that they did not need baked goods or food, but:

Dropping by the command center … with a six pack would probably not be discouraged by most of the Pulaski swingers.

While the “Pulaski swingers” might enjoy a brew at the end of a shift, the fire has rules against alcohol in fire camp. We asked Nan Stinson, a spokesperson for the fire if they had received any donations of beer, and she said she thought at least one person had shown up with some beer but they were turned away.

Map of Horsethief Fire
Map of Horsethief Canyon Fire, 8:38 p.m. MT, September 13, 2012. Google/MODIS. (Click to enlarge)

The fire has not spread much in recent days, but there is a Red Flag Warning in effect for today. The weather forecast predicts west winds at 14 mph with gusts up to 20, temperature of 80, and a relative humidity of 14% Saturday afternoon.

The fire has burned 3,353 acres and is 41 percent contained. The resources assigned include 9 helicopters, 16 hand crews, 43 engines, and 3 dozers.

Burnout operation on Horsethief Fire
Burnout operation on Horsethief Canyon Fire, September 12, 2012. Credit: Horsethief Canyon Fire.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “Newspaper suggests residents bring beer to firefighters”

  1. well beer would be nice , but we all know that is a no no , hard to believe that a news person would suggest that .


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