From October 21st through November 11th, C/MSgt Ciely Daly of the Fremont County Wind River Composite Squadron worked for the U.S. Forest Service Trail Crew supporting firefighters battling the East Troublesome Fire in the Arapaho National Forest.
Daly is a crew member of the South Zone Trails Program, Washakie Ranger District, of the Shoshone National Forest. Her trails season was extended to serve the U.S. Forest Service as a driver for ground support on the East Troublesome Fire.
She was originally detailed to work on the William’s Creek Fire, but while en route from Lander, high winds expanded the East Troublesome Fire by more than 100,000 acres in one day. Shifting the priority there and making it the second-largest wildfire in Colorado history.
Based at the Snow Mountain Ranch, near Winter Park Colorado, Daly shuttled vehicles between the fire camps and delivered supplies. She also brought incident updates to a helibase in Kremmling, assisted with meal preparation and distribution, and transferring supplies from the Granby helibase.
A highlight of the assignment was seeing Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk medium-lift utility helicopter and a Kaman K-MAX K1200 heavy-lift helicopter, and driving “into the black” to place signage, she shared.
“Civil Air Patrol’s focus on Emergency Services is something I am very passionate about,” explained Cadet Daly. “I love the high-intensity ES environment, and the potential for meaningful, rewarding work. ES personnel are uniquely capable of making a huge difference in people’s lives. While I do not currently possess the level of training required to actively fight fire on the line, I was glad to support fire containment efforts in any way I could, and I eagerly await further ES adventures in CAP and beyond.”
h/t Capt Karl Falken for sharing the above information.