Dan Mallia

Hotshot Superintendent | Interviewed April, 2014 | California
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How does Dan view the role of fire in the environment?

“It needs to be in the environment, and we all know that we do a really good job of putting fires out. We’re really good at that job. With that has brought on all the fuel loading, and the unhealthy forests, and things of that nature…I would love to see a lot more fire. Especially the ones that are doing good; just let them burn. We’ll deal with the smoke…An old Fuels guy I used to work for, when I worked on the Mendocino, told me, “Everything gets treated eventually.” It’s just, is it under your terms? Or is it under Mother Nature’s terms?