It arrived at 3 a.m on July 26, 2013. Dennis Sifford remembers details like this. They marked the beginning of his final shift as an incident commander on a wildfire.
“The lightning storm came in — dry lightning storm,” Sifford said, describing that morning. “It was unexpected.”
The storm touched down in mountainous terrain just north of the town of Glendale, Oregon. More than 80 fires started.
Twelve hours later Sifford got the call. He would lead the 3,000 people needed to fight what would be known as the Douglas Complex.