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Facing our new fire realities a major challenge in the American West

Sally Mauk

In over three decades of fighting fire, studying fire and crafting fire management policy, Tom Zimmerman has seen a lot of changes in fire behavior and control. Zimmerman has worked with fire for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S Forest Service - and most recently, at the  National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

He is currently president of the International Association of Wildland Fire. He's in Missoula to lecture about wildland fire management, and took time to sit down in our studios with News Director Sally Mauk, to talk about what we've learned about fire over the last 30 years.


Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the Legislature to forest fires.