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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Say Cheese!

What do our hard-working firefighters do when they get a quick break in the action?

story & photo by Mike Allen


What do our hard-working firefighters do when they get a quick break in the action?

Well, I can tell you it's definitely thirsty work. And back in September of 1987 at a wildfire near Yreka, California, I grabbed a shot of my fellow Interagency Strike Team members Jim "Jaime" Lecomte (of the BLM's Salem District) and Terry Vernon (of the U.S. Forest Service's Fremont-Winema National Forest) with a pretty lucky, right place at the right time, one-in-a-million photo of a helicopter bucket drop.

Say Cheese!
photo by Mike Allen

That was a cool drink.

It's a good thing I got the photo as this was the last bucket drop of the day. Plus Jaime kept telling me to hurry. Seems a drip of motor oil had collected at the bottom of the funnel - and it was just about to drop into Jaime's mouth...


Check out all the BLM's firefighting photos available online. And more info on the BLM's firefighting programs here.