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.