CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
MAY 20, 2010
Kevin Korbel retires from C-PTPA
By Alannah Allbrett
Kevin Korbel will be honored at retirement party Saturday, May 22 at at the VFW Hall. He has been working with C-PTPA (Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association) for the last four years.
Kevin was born near Minneapolis and raised in a small town called River Falls, MN, which he said really reminds him of Moscow, being a similar small, university town.
At age 20 Kevin hiked the
1,000 mile Continental Divide Trail, starting at the Colorado/New Mexico border
and hiking all the way to the Canadian border. He said he never thought of being
a fireman while growing up, but he came west at the age of 21 because of his
love of the mountains. He got a job with the Forest Service at the
Working at various locations, Kevin spent the next 26 years with the Idaho Department of Lands, the last assignment being in Kamiah. He wanted to be a little closer to home, so he accepted a position with C-PTPA. He admired their philosophy of “quick, effective, initial attack” on fires. He said C-PTPA has a million acres to protect which include many homes and properties in their territory.
“We don’t have a let it burn program.” he said. “Fire is a great tool to keep undergrowth down, but it has to be done at the right time and in the right weather conditions. Once a wildfire gets established, it is hard to work on and you almost need a weather event to stop it.” One of Kevin’s accomplishments has been helping keep fires small and people safe.
In the immediate future,
Kevin plans to work on a Type 2 fire team in a joint venture with the Forest
Service and the State of
Kevin and Chris have three
sons ages 25, 21, and 16, all of whom have attained the high honor of Eagle
Scouts, of which Kevin is justifiably proud. One of the things Kevin hopes to
achieve yet in his lifetime is “hiking the high points of the
Family, friends, and co-workers are all welcome to attend the retirement party and wish Kevin well. Refreshments will be served.