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By Carleen Gonder
Seeley Lake, Mont. 

Wildland Firefighting Stays in the Blood


August 3, 2017

Andi Bourne wrote an excellent but incredibly sad Editor’s Note on behalf of the young firefighter that we lost. 

I, too, have several years of fire experience, all on the Lolo National Forest: my first three as one of the first women in Helitack, then a fourth as engine crew foreman until a nearly fatal accident ended my career as an active firefighter and for five more seasons in fire related work – conducting industrial fire inspections on logging and mining operations (1975-spring of 1985).

The year of my near fatal accident (1979) there were three firefighting aircraft related fat...

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