Wildland Firefighting from a Woman's Perspective
Free for REI Members
Free for non-members
- Group size 25 people
- Instructor Linda Strader
Jumping from helicopters & braving life-endangering fires were among the many frightening experiences faced during a seven-year summer stint for the U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Mgmt. But being one of the first women on a fire crew required a tenacity Linda Strader didn't know she had. As the sole female on a 1970's firefighting crew, Linda has stories to share---outrunning a fast-moving grass fire, watching her personal gear & drinking water burn up, 100ft+ high flames. Also humorous times: fighting more mosquitoes than fires in AK or learning which end is up when planting trees by machine. She is familiar with struggles facing women on fire crews. Recent statistics show of 1.1 million firefighters, women make up only 7.4%. What role do climate change, fire mgmt practices, or homes' proximity to forests play on current fire magnitudes? She will address these tough questions. Her book, Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love, and Courage (published May 2018) has been featured in Forest History Today magazine & on Parade.com. She has been interviewed for podcasts, blogs, KGUN 9 News, & the PBS show Arizona Illustrated's recent segment "Wildland Firefighter".