On June 11, 2023 on the Tahoe National Forest in the Carman Valley area on the Sierraville Ranger District, TNF Sierraville Engine 361 hiked in to initial attack the 🔥Carman Fire which required the falling of a complex, burning lightning-struck tree by highly trained Sawyer, TNF Engine Captain 361 Adam Smith. Firefighters completed handline to contain the 50 ft.x 50ft. wildfire and were assisted by TNF contracted Helicopter 7XL configured for bucket work by Tahoe Helitack to provide water drops in the precise locations requested by ground resources to knock down hotspots in the fire area. TNF Engine 361 Firefighters under the direction of Incident Commander Type 5 trainee Cristian Bravo, completed mop up, extinguishing remaining heat interior of their containment line to control fire and put it in patrol status. After repeated patrols where no smoke, no heat was detected, Carman IC called the fire out.
TNF Fire Resources are staffed and remain ready to respond to new incidents. Tahoe National Forest 514 Tahoe Helitack with the new TNF Helicopter 514, a Bell 205++ is back on Forest at the Helibase for Fire Season and in service for local response. TNF Air Attack 17 is also in service at Grass Valley Air Attack Base.
To enhance one’s safety and for the protection of natural resources and your favorite places on the Tahoe National Forest, stay weather and water aware, recreate responsibly and always watch over any fires until they have been fully extinguished out cold.
📸 Courtesy of TNF Sierraville Engine 361 Captain Adam Smith
📸 Courtesy of TNF Sierraville Assistant Fire Engine Operator 361 Quentin Booth.
📸 Courtesy of TNF Sierraville Assistant Fire Engine Operator 361 Quentin Booth
📸 Courtesy of Tahoe Helitack Senior Squad Boss Kenon Smith
📸 Courtesy of TNF Firefighter/Fire PIO Meredith Anello