Thank you, firefighters

Volunteer firefighter goes into action in Montana.

At the height of the worst wildfire season in recent United States history, Army reservist and volunteer firefighter David Graham stood shoulder to shoulder with his crewmates from Maine in the face of an approaching fire. They were operating at elevations of up to 6,000 feet in the mountains of the Bitterroot National Forest in western Montana.

Their job was to set backfires that would deny the encroaching wall of flames the fuel to keep burning, in the effort to save several homes in its path. To do this, they were required to wait until the flames got to within a hundred feet of them—and then work fast!

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December 11, 2000

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