I've been with the Patagonia Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for almost 4 years. Most of our calls are for medical assistance ( 80% is the national average for fire departments ). We get a few structure fires each year, but the majority of our fire calls are wildland fires. I live in a valley that's twenty to thirty minutes from Patagonia, and it represents the South East corner of our 400 square mile fire district. I have a type 6 fire engine ( brush truck ) here in the garage, and we refer to my home as station two. The truck is Brush two, brush one is a four door dually, and it lives at the main station.

Here's a picture of a training drill where we are approaching a simulated LP gas truck or tank fire. Two fire fighters on the nozzles crossing their fog patterns, two hose people, and a valve person in the center. The task is to approach the flames close enough to shut off the valve. That fire is HOT , and we have to get about 3 feet away to turn off the valve.

Here we are protecting a structure on the Ryan wildfire, which went to 38,000 acres in 24 hours. The smoke was seen as far away Silver City New Mexico. The picture on the right shows the fire came to about 150 yards from the structure we were defending ( the one closest to the burn). You can also clearly see the red from the slurry bombers.

I was on the Ryan fire for 11 hours, then off for 6, then back on for 26 more hours. That was the biggest fire in our district this year.

Here's a pic of Brush 2 on the Gardner 2 fire ( Gardner canyon burned twice this year, in different places ). The slurry bomber is actually angling away from the truck, but it's not very far from the fire line where the tanker is dumping it's load.

The fire season runs from about the end of May until we get enough rain to wet down the tinder box that the state becomes in the pre-summer.

This season we fought:

Adobe Canyon fire
Brushy 1
Brushy 2
Gardner 1
Gardner 2
Jones Mesa fire
Lyle Canyon fire
Merrit fire
Oversite Canyon fire
Sanctuary fire

We also had a brush fire start in town, from hot coals dropping out of a charcoal grill, and a large structure fire started by spontaneous combustion of some rags at a woodshop, which were soaked in various woodworking solutions.