Wildland Fire Fighters

My daughter is a Fire Fighter here in Tennessee, and recently started a seasonal wildland Fire Fighter position based outside Eugene Oregon. If you are not familiar with this concept, most of these people spend the season camping around ( usually out of their vehicles to keep it simple) waiting for the call to bug out for fires. They have to be within cell range of their base (Eugene in this instance) and be within about an hour travel time to their base when called in. Because of Covid issues, many (ok, all) of the options they expected are currently unavailable to them.
Can any suggest to me a decent place to camp meeting the cell range and travel time requirements in the Eugene area? Facilities of any kind are a real plus. Thanks in advance!

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Sounds like an awesome gig! Would love to be a wild land firefighter one day. There’s a ton of camping around Euguen - here’s a list / map of all campgrounds in that area - https://thedyrt.com/camping/oregon/near/eugene

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You can try a website/app called http://iOverlander.com (app available too) tons of user entered sites. http://freecampsites.net another. http://campfone.info and of course the above link

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I hope she had a good season!! The first thing I would recommend is not working for a contractor and do everything she can to get on with a FS or BLM unit (former FS here). 1. Her season will be more stable. 2. Agency units get better assignments. This leads to a better season for both work and money. 3. Agency apps are typically due Oct-Dec for next season hiring. 4. Many units have barracks/bunkhouse, so she won’t have to worry about camping out while waiting for an assignment. 5. Applying is not enough, pick a few units that you wan to be on and then call them every other week (make them hire you or make them hate you)

Thanks, Jeff! It was not the season she was hoping for. About 6 weeks in, they sprung for a rare and much needed night in a hotel with a hot shower since facilities were scarce (thanks COVID). That night, her truck was broken into and all her gear stolen. Camping gear she has been collecting since she was 13, gone. As campers, you know that isn’t the kind of stuff you replace overnight, even if you have the small fortune to do it. With no gear, they were to the point of having to cut their losses and make the cross country ride home. She’s back at her FS here and slowly building her gear again. I really appreciate the insight and advice though, thanks!

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oh my gosh - I’m so sorry to hear that happened to her :frowning: