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 Crew members near the command trailers. Each trailer represents a different area of logistics management for the fire camp.

Crew members near the command trailers. Each trailer represents a different area of logistics management for the fire camp.

 The communications trailer - the hub for all live information for coordinating crews in the field.

The communications trailer - the hub for all live information for coordinating crews in the field.

 Peter on duty in the communication station.  Personnel in this trailer typically know more about the fire than the people on the ground do.

Peter on duty in the communication station.  Personnel in this trailer typically know more about the fire than the people on the ground do.

 A crew reviews the command booklet for the day.  A new booklet is printed every morning, including maps and information about each crew’s daily assignments.  At the height of the fire each day’s booklet was about 50 pages.

A crew reviews the command booklet for the day.  A new booklet is printed every morning, including maps and information about each crew’s daily assignments.  At the height of the fire each day’s booklet was about 50 pages.

 Communication crew members at the battery station.  The batteries for all walkie talkie and portable devices are changed every day to ensure reliability.  Crates hold each crew’s replenished devices, ready for the next day’s use.

Communication crew members at the battery station.  The batteries for all walkie talkie and portable devices are changed every day to ensure reliability.  Crates hold each crew’s replenished devices, ready for the next day’s use.

 Frederick, a member of the Crow Nation in Montana, has been fighting fire for decades.  It is common to find Crow people working on fire crews (either in the field or as camp support).  Though seasonal, it is one of the more reliable opportunities in an area plagued by unemployment.

Frederick, a member of the Crow Nation in Montana, has been fighting fire for decades.  It is common to find Crow people working on fire crews (either in the field or as camp support).  Though seasonal, it is one of the more reliable opportunities in an area plagued by unemployment.

 A support crew relaxes at the end of the day. 

A support crew relaxes at the end of the day. 

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 Frederick and a fellow crew member show their hand decorated work gloves.  "A generation ago," she said, "these would have been beaded."

Frederick and a fellow crew member show their hand decorated work gloves.  "A generation ago," she said, "these would have been beaded."

 A support crew relaxes at the end of the day. 

A support crew relaxes at the end of the day. 

 Steve manages the water pump & heater truck. for the showers.  Approximately 18,000 gallons of water can be heated to 80degrees within several minutes. 

Steve manages the water pump & heater truck. for the showers.  Approximately 18,000 gallons of water can be heated to 80degrees within several minutes. 

 Two tractor trailers hold 16 total showers for the camp. Everyone likes shower #12, because it has a shower curtain that looks like Hawaii.  It is one of the few showers occupied during my visit.

Two tractor trailers hold 16 total showers for the camp. Everyone likes shower #12, because it has a shower curtain that looks like Hawaii.  It is one of the few showers occupied during my visit.

 Lenora takes a break outside the laundry truck.

Lenora takes a break outside the laundry truck.

 A laundry crew member checks the dryers.

A laundry crew member checks the dryers.

 Deleza tags a finished bag of laundry.  Laundry service is only brought in once a camp reaches a certain size.  They use a number tag system so crew members can drop off their laundry and pick it up later when it’s ready. 

Deleza tags a finished bag of laundry.  Laundry service is only brought in once a camp reaches a certain size.  They use a number tag system so crew members can drop off their laundry and pick it up later when it’s ready. 

 Starbucks coffee is available throughout the day at the camp.

Starbucks coffee is available throughout the day at the camp.

 So is bottled water.

So is bottled water.

 Tom prepares dozens of steaks for the grill.  Besides steak, tonight’s meal will include roasted potatoes, peas & onions, vegetable goulash, and a salad & dessert bar.  Fire crew members are fed 6000 calories a day to sustain their strenuous activity.

Tom prepares dozens of steaks for the grill.  Besides steak, tonight’s meal will include roasted potatoes, peas & onions, vegetable goulash, and a salad & dessert bar.  Fire crew members are fed 6000 calories a day to sustain their strenuous activity.

 The salad bar in the dining tent.

The salad bar in the dining tent.

 Dinner being served from the kitchen truck window.  Rookie fire crews tend to eat first at the end of the day; veteran crews know it’s more important to bathe first, then eat.

Dinner being served from the kitchen truck window.  Rookie fire crews tend to eat first at the end of the day; veteran crews know it’s more important to bathe first, then eat.

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