On August 20th, 2013, the Pinion Pine Fire District received a request through the State of Arizona for a type 3 engine to respond to California for "August Preposition". E523 filled the order and left for Mammoth Lakes, Ca where they were placed on the Inyo National Forest for severity/initial attack. Their job is to patrol an assigned area and be on the ready to respond locally to any new start that may occur.
On August 22nd, 2013, while patrolling on Owens River road, the crew of E523 spotted a fire near the top of a mountain roughly 1.5 miles off the road. The crew packed up and began hiking to the fire that was started by lightning along with the local Inyo National Forest engine and two engines from Minnesota. Once on scene, a line was cut around the fire and mopped up, containing it to 1/4 of an acre. The crew will continue to patrol until a new assignment is given.
Lt. Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District