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Fighting More Than Fire

4.22.2022 As the nation’s wildlands burn with increasing intensity, fires are taking a bigger toll on the men and women who battle them. Long considered seasonal workers, many firefighters don’t have full-time benefits and make surprisingly low wages. Environmental producer Laura Paskus speaks with firefighters about their challenges and about possible solutions.

Correspondent: Laura Paskus


Marcus Cornwell, federal wildland firefighter

Kelly Martin, president, Grassroots Wildland Firefighters

Jonathon Golden, former wildland firefighter

For More Information:

Wildland Firefighter Careers – U.S. Forest Service

How to Become a Wildland Firefighter – National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Working in Wildland Fire – U.S. Department of Interior