Fire Fighting Journal: 2nd Run

From Ethan Osborne, the Captain of the Kentucky Pirate Party:

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Our 2nd run was redispatched back to the McKinney fire, for a final clean up. Honestly, this was more brutal than the initial first run. The hiking was more rugged, and the work was more monotonous. We were tasked with “prevention rehabilitation”. This is maintenance of preventative measures, mostly digging out trenches and “water bars” to help with drainage. The hiking was more grueling than the first run. On day two, we hiked what could be referred to as a near death hill: a damn near 65 degree incline straight up with temperatures above 100 degrees.

We constantly encountered large patches of poison oak, but fortunately, it seems I’ve grown immune to it.

My body has grown acclimated to the semi-arid desert. We encountered a few rattlesnakes while hiking, and the local scorpions seem to like sleeping with us. I had a few scorpions sleeping with me.