My First Wildfire

by Neil Tweardy Going on my first wild fire was an amazing experience. Whenever I talk to wild land fire fighters about how much they love fire and why they got into it I never understand where that passion is rooted. Now I do. The fire we went on was over 900 acres. It seemed like everything was on fire. It was like a really cool level in a video game where you might have to fight Hades in hell. Whenever we got there, there was initial confusion on where and what we should be doing. We called Burks. No answer. We walked up to his truck. We called him again. No answer. Suddenly as hyped as we were for the fire, it seemed like maybe we wouldn't get to do anything at all. We wouldn't be needed because the fire was already contained. Maybe we would get back in our truck and have to go back to Lebanon... Finally Burks got back to us. He told us to get in contact with Mike. We met up with Mike and charged through the forest putting in line. The whole world was on fire around us. We were actually fighting a fire. Once the line was put in we back-lit around some buildings. When it was all said and done it was around 1 in the morning. It was definitely one of the coolest experiences I have had in ERT.