Charlie Caldwell

Retired Hotshot Superintendent and Smokejumper | Interviewed April, 2014 | California
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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.”