Reporter’s Notebook: “When Wildfires Burn, Wear Your Boots.” Last in a four-part series about wildfire
By Scott McMillion
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
July 2, 2008
When I showed up to cover my first wildfire in 1988, I was so green that I had rubber flip-flops on my feet.
An information officer at Grant Village in Yellowstone National Park took pity on me and scrounged up a pair of size 12 boots and some fire-resistant Nomex clothing. Then she turned me loose. Or I slipped my leash. I can’t remember.
I do remember that within an hour or two I was watching big flames bear down on some large buildings and a propane tanks, and when a slurry bomber passed overhead, it missed the target and coated me and everything else in a wide parking lot with sticky goo that looked like Pepto Bismal.