"It’ll be in there for weeks," NBC News Coordinating Producer Al Henkel said via phone as he drove to Boise after several days covering the Beaver Creek fire in Idaho.
Henkel, who is based in Dallas, has been covering fires for NBC News since at least the mid-'80s. In 2005 NBC sent him to fire school in Colorado so he could earn his "red card," the credential that allows firefighters to join wildfire crews upon arrival. He occasionally helps out with controlled burns at the LBJ National Grasslands in Texas.
"Some guys play golf," Henkel said. "This is what I do."
Henkel joined the Pike Hotshots of Monument, Colo., in Idaho for two days this week and posted pictures from the Beaver Creek blaze on Instagram when he could get cell phone service.
An incident commander had convinced Verizon to install a cell on wheels, or COW truck at a base camp, he said. But he couldn't get a tool he sometimes uses to stream video to work over the cell service, so he left a tape at his car for an NBC News crewmember (correspondent Miguel Almaguer was reporting on the fire not too far away) to come pick up. (more...)