The Red Rock Fire

The Red Rock Fire was a very different sort of wildland fire assignment. Instead of "fighting" the fire by digging lines and calling in helicopter drops and cutting through trees and brush, we were letting the fire burn while watching it from all angles, taking meticulous weather records along with pictures and videos.  In Forest Service parlance, that meant the Red Rock Fire was being "Managed for Resource Benefit." What it meant for us was that we weren't carrying chainsaws all over the earth, and we weren't coming back to camp covered in sweat and ash. 

This is how all wildfires should be managed. Wildfire is a natural element of the planet. It keeps the forest in check. But we are lucky in Wyoming that there are almost never towns, or even lone buildings, in the way of wildfires like this one. So we could let it burn as it naturally wanted to.