"Vengeance Burns Hot,"slated for publication May 7 by Unsolicited Press, features Ed Kline, a helitack
firefighting pilot stationed at a fictional base at Snoqualmie Pass fifty miles east of Seattle.
Based on the combined information, and knowing they were the closest resource, the USFS sent a "Helitack
" helicopter-borne firefighting team and medical helicopters toward the accident site.
He worked as a wildland firefighter with the Logan Hotshots and previously worked as a helitack
rapeller with the Frazier Rapellers.
The two members of the helitack
team (a fire crew delivered by helicopter) had gotten a head start on their run up a nearby slope; they were finally located, their charred bodies huddled under a rock outcrop in a burned-out ravine.
crew members on the top of the ridge also died when they tried to outrun the fire to the northwest.
Crews are dispatched in the most timely, efficient--and cost-effective--manner possible; if a wildland engine can reach the blaze, it's cheaper than a "helitack