Gina Papke

USFS Program Specialist and Former Hotshot Superintendent | Interviewed May, 2014 | Oregon
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How does Gina view the role of fire in the environment?

“You know, fire does have a place in the environment. Fire is an important part of our ecosystem. Do we need to fight every fire? I don’t know if we need to fight every fire…But we do want to protect homes and people’s livelihood. There is a balance in there and I don’t think we’ve found that balance. Fire is a huge part of our environment and I think we have to accept that. And be willing to take the risks. I don’t think were there yet.”