National Geographic : 1968 Jul
EKTACHROME(ABOVE)BY TEDMAHIEU;EKTACHROME(BELOW)AND KODACHROME BY PAUL BEAVER Breakfast at dawn brings respite from a long night's battle. Open-air kitchen at the Hoodoo Ski Bowl feeds a Mexican-Ameri can crew from the Snake River Valley. Second helping of steak revitalizes a be grimed fire fighter. Crews generally spend 10 to 12 hours on the line, but at crucial times they may labor for 18 hours at a stretch. Such grueling work demands good food and plenty of it. Where possible, mo bile kitchens prepare the meals, but crews far from base camp often must subsist on canned rations flown in by helicopter. Rare moment of rest finds a fighter stretched out on his paper sleeping bag. The new type of bedding offers advantages: It is lightweight, waterproof, and cheap enough to be expendable. But it provides little warmth against chill nights in the forests.