By Jess Burns, OPB:
When Timothy Ingalsbee thinks back on his days in the 1980s and 90s fighting wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, he remembers the adventure of jumping out of a helicopter into the wilderness.
“Ideally we’d have at least one skid touching the steep slope,” he recalled.
There was the camaraderie of sleeping with his crew out under the stars or smoke-filled skies. And then there were the colors.
“I had amazing vistas of crimson red sunsets over the mountains,” he said.
But Ingalsbee, who went on to found the Eugene-based Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology, doesn’t want to remember everything.
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