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Post Posted: Apr 23, 2011 4:37 pm 
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I got 'my' wildland fire crew back in my backyard. The one that was on the Meyer's Ranch fire.

They were sharpening tools and cleaning up when I checked if they were back.

From the San Carlos Apache Reservation in AZ 2 hours east of Phoenix, they have already had a busy fire season (were also working the Left Hand Canyon fire).

Skills within the different squads are wide spread from EMT to sawyer to helitac (the one commanding the copter drops).

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Cool pics, tell them thanks.
Now who can name the tool he is sharpening?


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It is good that you got to meet the people that worked so hard to save what would have been lost.


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That first one is a mattock or Pulaski. It's used for breaking up hard ground on one side and chopping on the other. It's especially useful for digging where there are roodts. One man is shapening a cotton hoe. This is a larger tool than a garden hoe. I doubt that they are calling it a cotton hoe. Since the blade ia larger it's heavier and cuts better when it;s brought down.

Pulaski was a Polish general who helped the colonists in the Revolutionary War. He invented the tool to make it easier for the soldiers to dig trenches whle carrying only one tool.

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I got to use those tools when I was doing rehab in the Manchester area of the Hayman burn that same summer.

It was damn hard job to break up the melted crust of stone/crystals so that we could seed!

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It is good that you got to meet the people that worked so hard to save what would have been lost.


That's just part of the crew that worked Meyer's ranch. There were 7 departments there as I recall.

The first responders are CRITICAL in preventing disastrous spread.

Many volunteers and employees of regular fire districts are also trained as Wildland fire fighters. Comes with the territory in Colorado.

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One man is shapening a cotton hoe. This is a larger tool than a garden hoe. I doubt that they are calling it a cotton hoe. Since the blade ia larger it's heavier and cuts better when it;s brought down.


In the wildland world, this tool is referred to as a McLeod (pronouciation rhymes with "cloud"). It's great for raking up heavy duff and other loose ground cover.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLeod_(tool)


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