Hotshot Superintendent | Interviewed April, 2014 | California
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Jeff Locke, current Hotshot Superintendent, talks about how he got involved in wildland firefighting after riding his motorcycle from Michigan to California in the late 1980s. Interviewed: 4/2014
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How does Jeff view the role of fire in the environment?
“I think it’s part of Mother Nature’s scheme of things. As human beings and living amongst the areas that burn, it’s a tough juggling act. People are afraid of fire. You can’t put fire on the ground when it’s time to put fire on the ground. You can’t let it burn when Mother Nature wants to let it burn. Because now, after years of putting it out, it’s so decadent and uncontrollable in a lot of cases, once it gets established…I don’t know how things can ever be rectified, as complicated as the system is…”