The Private Industry Collection

The Smokey Generation is excited to begin a brand new collection focusing on stories from individuals who provide professional private wildland fire services throughout the west.  These folks provide critical fire prevention, fire suppression, and incident support services – ranging from hazardous fuels reduction to catering meals in fire camps.  We are excited to provide their unique perspective as part of our larger collection of wildland fire oral histories and digital stories.

These first few interviews were collected at the 2016 National Wildfire Suppression Association annual conference. There are many more on the way and we’d encourage you to explore the full interviews listed below (also posted on the Stories by Person page). Enjoy!

Divider Select Stories
Click on the boxes below to watch some of our favorite stories from the interviews collected from the wildland fire contracting world.


Full Interviews
To listen to the full interviews, click on the images below.

Eric Brekstad, Crew Boss, Miller Timber Services

Rick Dice, Owner, PatRick Corporation and NWSA President

Rick Dice, Owner, PatRick Corporation

Schin Haakenson, Owner, A-Team Wildfire Contract Engines, Inc.

Lee Miller, Owner, Miller Timber Services

Elvira Young, Retired, USFS

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