Eric Bader is a professional wildland firefighter and also a volunteer firefighter with both the Sunshine and Boulder Rural fire departments. He was extensively involved in fighting 2010’s Fourmile Canyon Fire, and in this interview he describes the actions he took to help with firefighting efforts at Colorado Mountain Ranch, in Gold Hill, and toward protecting houses in Sunshine Canyon. In addition, he offers a wealth of information about wildlland firefighting in general, from “creating black” to the details of how aerial firefighting is accomplished, the effects of topography and smoke on firefighting, fire mitigation techiniques, and the “rabbit syndrome” of those who are reluctant to evacuate during a wildland fire. At the end of the interview he elaborates on a memorable metaphor that compares a wildland fire to a freight train.
This interview is part of a series about the Fourmile Canyon Fire.
View DVD and time-indexed transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.