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“Lawyers, Smoke and Money” Third in a four-part series about wildfire

By Scott McMillion
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
July 1, 2008

Drier forests, more homes in the woods and a litigious society combine to make a risky future.

Dick Mangan has fought fires around the country for 40 years and can wear a number of hats: operations chief, planning chief and safety officer.

He’s also past president of the International Association of Wildland Fire, a professional association with thousands of members. He knows his business.

But these days, when he goes on a fire, his wife issues a warning.

“My wife tells me, “Don’t do something stupid. I don’t want to lose the house,” he said.

Like many fire bosses, Mangan has a new concern: personal and legal liability if something goes wrong and lives or property are lost.

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