SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 134
TRAPPER'S CABIN PROTECTION - PREACHER CREEK, UPPER YUKON TERRITORY
Visibility was getting worse as the 200,000-acre Preacher Creek Fire rolled toward a winter trapping cabin designated for protection. Boise Smokejumper Dave Zuares and I jumped in to defend the structure. Despite being protected by water on three sides, flames carved a steady path toward the cabin along the opposing lakeshore. We ordered more smokejumpers, but resources were depleted, and we were 'it'. The following afternoon, predicted winds and weather conditions remained ideal for a firing operation. We first chainsawed a fuel break connecting the two halves of the lake, removing trees and ground fuels, essentially 'cutting off' the cabin on the peninsula. After soaking our control line with water pumped from a small two-stroke Shindawa, we sent flames from the fire break toward the main fire, creating a blackened buffer around the peninsula. After cutting a helispot, we were plucked from the lakeshore the following day, leaving remote sprinklers pointed at the cabin, just in case.
Preacher Creek Fire in July
Cabin at Right, Beaver House at Left
Smoke On the Water - Fire Creeps Around Lake
Flames Sent from Wet Control Line
2004
Gratuitous Drip-Torch Photo
Flames Consume Black Spruce
Backfire Sends Column Rising
Critter Traps and Snares
Cabin at Left, Backfire Buffer at Right
Backfire Running to Meet Main Fire
BEAVER!
Trapper's Cabin and Sprinklers
During a Break in the Action, Dave Offers Delicious Apple Slice

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