Retired Hotshot Superintendent and Smokejumper | Interviewed April, 2014 | California
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Charlie Caldwell, retired Hotshot Superintendent and Smokejumper, talks about how he got his start in his career, along with some information about the beginnings of the Redding Interagency Hotshot Crew program.
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How does Charlie view the role of fire in the environment?
“Fire is really important for the wildlife. There’s a lot of decadent fuel; I know they were telling us we were crazy for burning…we got some really good burns, got rid of that. All new brush for the deer and so on. I think sometimes people think you can just go out there and punch lines in, out to the woods and stop the fire and it just doesn’t work that way.”