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After the COs had extinguished one fire, Abram J. Thiessen and his fire crew cleaned up the pumps, shovels, and hoses.


“In the process of collecting the equipment we crisscrossed big areas of the burned out forest that now was a giant muddle of soot blackened trees lying in every direction. At one point we took a short-cut through the jumble but mostly over, sometimes as high as ten feet [3 m] above the ground. As a matter of fact it would have been literally impossible to walk on the ground; so we walked along on top of the fallen trees. It was quite an experience to travel about one mile [1.6 km] without touching ground.” [ASM , 33-47]


It was on this fire that Thiessen's crew had been so far from the lake that their pump could not supply water at more than a trickle. The situation at another fire he fought was much different.


“The third fire I went to was only about ten miles [16 km] from camp and had been started by sparks from a lumbering operation. As it was on fairly level ground as far as BC is concerned, the lumber company had as soon as they had been able, bull-dozed a wide fire-guard completely around the fire and our job was to now patrol the guard and pump water on to the fire and keep it as cool as possible. Whereas at the first fire we were handicapped by lack of sufficient water pressure to be really effective, now we had so much pressure that it took two and sometimes three men to control the water hose. For one whole day and well into the night I was at the nozzle directing the stream of water and could reach as high as 40 or 50 feet, such was the force of the pressure. We never saw the pumping equipment but could hear it all the time. At first I thought the noise came from a big Caterpillar but later was told it was a one cylinder power-saw which was able to be converted to serve as a water pump and was made in Germany. At any rate it delivered water at a rate commensurate with the noise that it made.” [ASM, 33-47]


The aftermath of a fire: a burned out landscape where the COs later worked at clearing snags.


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