I’m on break from our annual fire refresher. The Plumas National Forest currently has 50 unfilled permanent fire fighter positions that are vacant. Despite having the biggest advertisement/recruiting campaign for on call fire fighters my district was able to get 8. Incident command teams are extremely thin. When we are neck deep in fire season and you see people inevitably crying that they could put out fires better than the gubment, or that the Forest Service just lets them burn, please encourage them to apply. It takes people to fight fire and we just don’t have any.