Lowman in Boise County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Life in a Fire Camp
Imagine, the battle against this immense fire was launched from this small Ranger Station! More than 2,300 people came from all over the country to work on the fire lines. Many of them lived in “fire camps” scattered around the Lowman area.
Fire Camps are self-contained towns quickly placed within safe proximity to a fire. These “mini-communities” must support the entire fire team, from firefighting crews to operators of sophisticated, computerized communication systems. These camps provide hot meals, mobile showers, toilets, laundry facilities, and tents that provide shelter and a place for much needed sleep. In addition, fire camps serve as depots for maintaining and dispatching fire engines, bulldozers, transport buses and helicopters.
When the fire was hottest, three lead planes, 10 helicopters and 10 air tankers dropped 125,000 gallons of retardant in just one day! Each night, planes specially equipped to take infra-red photographs recorded hot spots and mapped fire lines.
How much does it cost? Total fire suppression costs for the Lowman Fire during the summer of 1989 reached $11 million.
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Lowman Ranger Station & District Office. Marker is in this post office area: Lowman ID 83637, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Community in Trouble (here, next to this marker); Lowman (approx. ¾ mile away); Emma Edwards (approx. 3.3 miles away); It Happened One Summer (approx. 3.7 miles away); CCC Shapes the Payette Drainage (approx. 9.2 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Incident commander comes home to Idaho to fight Lowman’s latest megafire.
On July 26, 1989, Lund was leading crews fighting fires near Lowman where thousands of trees had blown down in 1986. As the relative humidity dropped and the afternoon turned hot, Lund watched two convection clouds form and swirl together, creating a giant pyrocumulus mass of smoke and ash that rose high into the stratosphere. (Submitted on November 28, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.