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that time, additional resources were very useful. But us to look a little closer, go more direct or semi-indi- given the amount of fire activity, especially along the rect on the incident, and keep it smaller. southern Appalachians and western portion of North Carolina, it made resource availability a challenge. Luckily, we had no loss of structures here on the Chat- tooga River Ranger District. Additionally, we had no In order for us to control the fires and keep resources major injuries on the district. We did have a few minor available for the next start, we went with a full suppres- injuries among resources, such as sprained ankles and sion strategy from the beginning. We were going with minor cuts. direct tactics right when we got on scene. We were able to get to a majority of the fires quickly, and go di- The amount of fires and the magnitude of the fires was rectly to suppressing them with handlines, dozerlines, definitely a challenge (for) us, our cooperators with- engines and personnel. On those particular incidents in the counties, Georgia Forestry Commission, (and) where they got well established and a larger size, we the resources that came in from out west through our had to look at natural barriers, drainages, and indirect mobilization process. With these assets we were able tactics, because we did not have the resources. If you to deal with new starts and manage the larger fires. In look at the Rock Mountain Fire that was pushing up the end, we had no loss of property and that’s really toward the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, the wil- contributed to our cooperators within the state and derness is a place where you’re going to have to rely on counties, as well as local district and visiting resources. crews. Crews were a commodity that we could bare- ly get a hold of given the competition between other When you’re thinking about the equipment (used to large fires and just the amount of fires that were going fight or contain fires), you have your engine resources. on at the time. What we could get were engines and These could be Type One or Type Two engines (struc- what we ended up doing was changing the tactics of ture engines) that the county will assist you with. You going directly through the wilderness and backing out will also have Type Three, Four, Five, and Six which to roads where our engines were more efficient for us. are smaller engines tailored to wildland or rescue op- The availability of resource types drove what kind of erations. A full range of these were incorporated and tactics we used. If we had more engines available than assisted with our field season. We had twenty-person crews, we would be looking at road systems that we hot-shot crews that came in and assisted us with some could back off to and get ahead of the fire. If we had of our local fires as well as ten-person suppression more crews on a particular fire, then that would allow modules. These crews allowed for flexibility in deal