To those who have asked how they can support the firefighters who have worked on the Lower North Fork Fire:
All year long crews of highly trained firefighters travel all over the country to fight fires that threaten communities of which they are not even a part. The fight against wildfire usually begins with local resources. When a fire grows as the Lower North Fork Fire did, the call goes out to other resources from out of the immediate area.
All of these men and women put their lives on the line and sometimes incur injuries or even die in the line of duty.
There is an organization which serves the wildland firefighting community and their families in times of tragedy. A donation to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation will provide direct assistance to firefighters and their families when they need it most.
Go to their website: http://www.wffoundation.org/ to learn more about the organization and ways you can help.