In the summer of 2008, wildfires were raging in California, and crews of Alaska firefighters, experiencing a slow season in their state, were helping out in the Lower 48.
Alaska State Forester John Maisch shot a note to Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin and a few other colleagues about Alaska pitching in, and attached a photograph of Yukon firefighters posing with then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Irwin forwarded the photo to Palin: “Governor, you will enjoy this. Alaska firefighters helping in CA.”
Irwin asked her permission to share her note with his fire crews. “They would love it,” he wrote. “No pressure.”
The governor replied: “Of course! They rock!”