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Most fire­fight­ers have a fa­vorite en­vi­ron­ment in which to fight fire. Mine is pon­derosa pine for­est, like this one in New Mex­ico’s Gila Wilder­ness. It looks hellish, but the lack of brush in the un­der­story means the fire is easy to con­tain. As the pon­derosas heat up, they give off a smell like but­ter­scotch and the light of the fire mag­ni­fies the or­ange in the bark. If I could, I’d fight fire entirely at night.

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