Do not try this at home

pile burning back pump torch
Pile burning back in the day on the Challis National Forest. Photo by Rick Freimuth.

Rick Freimuth sent us this photo, and said, “This is late season pile burning on the Lost River RD of the, then, Challis NF. I had totally forgotten our sketchy setup of Indian pumps rigged for burning. I’m sure the fuel mix was heavy on the gas side, not to mention the even sketchier igniting wand out front. Where’s our Nomex? Things have definitely changed for the better.”

For those not familiar with the device on the person’s back, it is designed to hold five gallons of water which is used to suppress or mop up a fire.

He did not say if they ever got the back pumps mixed up and used the wrong one on a fire.

Thanks Rick!

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. Google+

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