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August 15, 2013

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Rick Cowell
Rick Cowell
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Kyle Dickman

Stepping Into The Black: A Hotshot Firefighter’s View

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Rick Cowell has spent the last 36 years fighting wildfires in the West.  This past December, he retired and is now watching his crew take on what is turning out to be a busy wildfire season.  Cowell says that over the years much of the new technology has made locating fires easier. But the work of hotshots, an elite group of wilderness first responders, has remained the same: lots of cutting, digging and intentional burning.

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"Hadn't I been Good To You" - Charles Caldwell; "Veins of Coal" - The Horse Flies

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