1 1\2inch hose and wajax pumps on our fires. However we are blessed with lots of water. The scenery out west is nice, but im not a fan of the lack of water at times. However I like how the west has kept a higher fitness standard and how much they get to play with the drip torches (always fun). Ive also always enjoyed staying in the bush on a line camp rather than going back to a base camp everynight. Anyway discuss.
It's funny what Fireboss was saying about Ontario vs BC. I agree but have opposite tastes. I'd much rather dig guard, burn and hold than pull hose and pump haha. There's something awesome about hiking up a mountain with a 460 on your shoulder, a drip torch on your pack and a hand tool in your hand... in 30' temps and 10 RH... and not needing anything else.
That being said, head to the north and your in skeg/shield country. So I suppose what I like about BC most is the variation. From desert and sage in the south, to coastal terrain and timber, to the pine/d.fir fuels of the cariboo, to the mountains of the SE to the black spruce rippers of the north (and changing your tactics and tools to match the fire- so different).
And yes, like all wildland'ers we like spiking out (camping), firing (playing) and working (hard).
The hose and pump works well for me because I'm a tall guy and I'd rather lean against a hose and be a hose donkey, than be bent over with a hand tool 6" shorter than it should be any day.
I agree that camping is much better than basecamps, but I also think the 4 person crews are a much better way to work. Whenever I have worked in larger groups everyone ends up gravitating into smaller groups anyway.
I love getting to fight fire in other provinces and the US, but as a trip not permanently.
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