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“The Fires Next Time”


By Scott McMillion
NewWest.net
Sept. 26, 2008

Think about wildfire in the West and it’s hard to picture a rosy future, except for the sunsets bleeding through the smoke.
Climate change, spreading subdivisions, a scarcity of skilled fire bosses, and the threat of legal action against firefighters if things go awry all combine to create dark and smoky prospects.

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“The Aftermath and the Lessons” Second in a four-part series about wildfire

By Scott McMillion
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
June 30,2008

After the fires of 1988, scientists from around the nation trooped to Yellowstone National Park, analyzing the aftermath. They found an amazingly resilient landscape.

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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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