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Happy 4th of July
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dear Inbound friends and family,


Happy 4th of July!  The 4th is the traditional start to fire season in the Pacific Northwest.  This year the fire season came a little early and then went into hibernation.  The weather this past week has been in the 90s and fire season is waking up.


You have heard about the Granite Mt. Hotshots.  They were highly experienced, well equipped and physically fit.  May they find rest and comfort in the palm of God's hand!  May we learn from them and never forget them.  Here is a poem from the Storm King Mountain memorial in Prineville, 14 firefighters were lost that day:



THE DRAGON

EVERY SUMMER THE DRAGON COMES, IT LEAVES AGAIN IN FALL.
IT VISITS DESTRUCTION ON VARIOUS KINGDOMS THROUGHOUT THE RELM.
THE DRAGON HAS A NAME,

WILDFIRE.

SOME YEARS WILDFIRE IS SLOW AND LAZY AND EASILY BEATEN.
BUT OTHER YEARS IT IS QUICK AND LIKES TO FIGHT HARD.
WILDFIRE HAS FRIENDS WITH NAMES LIKE FUEL WIND AND TERRAIN.
FUEL IS DRY THIS YEAR AND BURNS HOT AND FAST WIND SEEMS STRONGER.
TERRAIN NEVER CHANGES.

WILDFIRE HAS ENEMIES WITH NAMES IT KNOWS, HOTSHOTS, SMOKEJUMPERS, AND ENGINES
TENDERS, TRACTORS AND TANKERS.
WHEN WILDFIRE VISITS A KINGDOM IT’S ENEMIES RESPOND WITH STRENGTH AND NUMBERS

TO BATTLE THE DRAGON.

USUALLY THE DRAGON LOSES QUICKLY AND RETIRES FROM THE FIELD OF BATTLE
LEAVING ITS ENEMY'S TIRED BUT UNHARMED
OTHER TIMES THE DREAGON FIGHTS FIERCELY AND MAY EVEN SEND SOME OF IT’S ENEMIES
TO ANOTHER PLACE,

DEATH.

SOMETIMES THE DRAGON WINS.
WHEN THE DRAGON WINS IT SEEMS LIKE THE BATTLE IS NOT WORTH THE EFFORT,
FOR AWHILE.

THE ENEMIES OF WILDFIRE MOURN FOR THEIR FALLEN COMRADES AND COMFORT
EACH OTHER.

THEY GAIN STRENGTH, FAITH, HOPE, ENOUGH TO JOIN THE BATTLE

ONCE MORE.

FOR THE DRAGON WILL RETURN


BY
DAN FIORITO, JULY 1994



We will soon be called to join the battle.  Let's fight the good fight.  Support and encourage one another as you are brothers and sisters.  Please make your final preparations to be ready when the call comes.  Hug your loved ones a little tighter and be present in the moment.  Please continue to check in frequently with me so I know you are ready.  We are currently at weekly check ins, but I expect to be raising our readiness level soon.  At the next level of readiness, our check ins are every other day.