By Scott McMillion
Nature Conservancy Magazine
The rain has finally stopped, but Ben Renfro is stuck inside on this sunny Florida morning, pushing paper and licking his pencil. He knows he has to do the paperwork — has to, that is, if he wants to set the woods on fire today.
Renfro runs a firetruck for a living, managing a crew for the Bureau of Land Management in Prineville, Oregon, on the dry side of the Cascade Range, where wildfire is no stranger. Over the years, he has learned a thing or two about putting out fires.
But he has traveled to Florida to hone a different set of skills: He’s learning how to start fires and how to make them behave.
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