Retired Engine Captain, Smokejumper, and Hotshot | Interviewed April, 2014 | California
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Andy Thorne, Retired Engine Captain (and previous Hotshot and Smokejumper), gives a quick run-down of his career chronology.
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How does Andy view the role of fire in the environment?
“Well, the role of fire has been in the environment before we became involved in fire…It’s been going on for years and we’ve had to deal with it. But, mother nature makes that allotment, or that arrangement, and deals with it. It might be a wound, or a scar, and the habitat takes a little hit here. But in the end, I think…there are benefits to everything. More than anything, natural fire is a benefit to the ecosystems.