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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Targhee Regular Crew Assigned to Caribou Lake Fire in Canada

The Targhee Regular Crew (TRC), composed of firefighters from the Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, left Idaho Falls last Friday for Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to support ongoing fire suppresssion.  They traveled with four other crews from the western United States:  San Juan Interagency Hotshot Crew (San Juan National Forest, Colorado), Tatanka Interagency Hotshot Crew (Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota), Logan Interagency Hotshot Crew (Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah), and the Payette Regular Crew (Payette National Forest, Idaho).  The crews received a briefing on Sunday evening which gave them a broad overview of the current fire situation in Alberta as well as specific intructions on their work while there.

The TRC crew is now assigned in a Wildfire Management Area called Lac La Biche.  Yesterday, they and the Payette Regulars unloaded thousands and thousands of feet of hose that had been used on a fire.  It was trucked back to the fire camp in a horse trailer that was stuffed completely full.  

This morning, TRC crew members will be flown from their base camp to the Caribou Lake Fire for their first day on the fireline.  The fire is roughly 30,000 acres in size.  The crew's mission will be mop-up operations, ensuring that the perimeter of the fire is completely extinguished and won't escape current control lines.  For many of the crew members, it will be their first time flying in a helicopter.  It is about a 20 minute flight from their camp to the fireline. 
Bell Helicopters in camp will transport TRC to fireline

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