SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 231
2006 - TO FELL A MONSTER IN IDAHO
Three of us jumped what's normally a 'routine fire' - a single tree struck by lightning. But this Cedar Tree measured seven feet DBH (diameter at breast height), and we needed a chainsaw worthy of the job. The next morning a 47-inch bar and chainsaw arrived and work began. During the night, the tree's interior burned completely, while it's exterior remained intact. This "shell" of a snag posed a treacherous challenge for any C-Faller. Alaska Jumper Gabe Lydic methodically brought down the beast - the fattest Cedar for miles around.
Gabe Lydic Sizes Up Tree
Lightning Stripped Bark
Coals Burning Deep
Cedar Snag Looming Large
Cedar Snag Interior
Clearing Smaller Trees First
Gabe Saws Cedar # 1
Gabe Saws Cedar # 2
Gabe Saws Cedar # 3
Cedar Falls # 1
Cedar Falls # 2
Gabe & Cedar Stump

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