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Charles Barber leading an inexperienced Dozer Operator around the woods on the 1/2 milion acre Boundary Fire in Alaska.

Charles hated being assigned as a Dozer Boss, but on this particular day, our burnout turned to chaos as 100 foot flames blew accross the road. Charles and the Dozer led the way, followed by the rest of the crew. A few minutes later, a loud explosion rocked the canyon when the fire apparently ignited an old dynamite cache in the area. No one was hurt. When Charles later emerged after we stopped the fire, someone yelled out, "Look, it's Charles Barber, Lord of the Dozer" with a fake Engligh accent. I wrote more about this day in the Hotshot Diaries, part 2- Alaska Burning and Part 3, the Last Frontier