I went out this morning first thing and looked up the mountain behind to see how that lightning strike caused fire had fared overnight. There was some smoke way up there and it wasn't too much longer before I heard a helicopter coming. A larger crew and more specialized machine arrived this morning than had come out yesterday.
The ground crew walked down part way to a tight landing area where the helicopter picked them up.
A few of the guys stopped in on the way out to thank me for the use of the staging area. I didn't get their names, I'm so bad with names, but thanks guys, and girls too, that were up there in the heat and smoke and dirt and grime to get it put out.
I didn't tell them I spent the whole day relaxing on the bench by a cool creek enjoying the air-show.
There has been several times over the years the area has been used for a fire staging area.
Heres a major one from 2005.