Hotshot Crewmember | Interviewed May, 2014 | Oregon
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Stephanie Rogers, a Hotshot Crewmember, talks about what brought her to firefighting and about the role she fills on the crew. She also describes what it means to be on the "scrape" (the portion of the crew that uses hand tools to dig fireline). Interviewed: 05/2014
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How does Stephanie view the role of fire in the environment?
“I think the work we do is important and also very misunderstood at times, I think especially because of the media. People look at wildfire as a scary, terrifying thing that blows through town and destroys homes and families and land and it’s—fire has been around for a long time; wildfire is a natural thing and there are some plant species that can’t even germinate without the help of wildfire. It’s a naturally occurring event, but I don’t know, I think it’s important that we protect values (as far as homes and land resources), but I’m a big fan of the “let it burn tactic” as well, in some situations.“