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How Should We Fight Fire?

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The 1994 fire in Colorado that killed 14 firefighters was a personal one for Kathy Voth. She decided to share her story with us so we can explore our decisions on land management and fire prevention and safety, remembering the 14 fallen in 1994, the 19 who died in June and the many lives lost in the intervening years.

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I was the Fire Information Officer on duty on July 6, 1994 when 14 firefighters were killed on Storm
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Kathy Voth says:

    For those interested, here is a piece by John MacLean from the High Country News titled “Stand Down From Western Wildfires.: https://www.hcn.org/articles/stand-down-from-western-wildfires/article_view?src=feat&b_start:int=0

  2. Chip Hines says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Thanks so much for your heartfelt story on the death of the Storm King firefighters. Very moving and it is easy to see how you were affected. The explanation in the sidebar, which I had never seen, helped me to understand how this happened. I read the book, “Young Men and Fire”, about the deaths in the Montana fire many years before and how it played out with the authors personal investigation.


  3. Kathy Voth says:

    A good friend of mine just sent me this link to an article in the New York Times describing how our Fire Managers are looking for “A Technological Edge on Wildfires.” It heartens me to know that this is going on.

    • bill elkins says:

      Kathy-If I was editor of NYTimes or some other paper, I would certainly publish your account. I hope you have or will submit it. I’d rather read OnPasture than mass media, but your circulation must be limited to graziers of various stripes and your fire piece deserves alot more.

      • Rachel Gilker says:

        Thanks, Bill. This was a really important event in Kathy’s life, and it means a lot to me and, hopefully, to On Pasture readers, that she was willing to share it. It is an important idea for us to all think about, and I do hope it is shared widely.
        Best wishes,

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