NPR’s All Things Considered covers the Yarnell Hill Fire fatalities

The NPR interview that I mentioned in another article aired yesterday. I know because a friend that I had not heard from in over 20 years told me so.

When NPR reporter Nathan Rott called me I was in a sleazy motel room in Prescott, Arizona — the only room I could find anywhere near Prescott. The connection on my cell phone was terrible, so he interviewed me on the motel’s landline phone, which was not much better. In the version that ended up on NPR’s All Things Considered, I was only on for a few seconds, but the rest of the piece with Rott and Carl Seielstad is worth listening to. Mr. Rott said that he had been a firefighter for six years.

The recording of the four-minute interview is below, and HERE is a link to the transcript.

UPDATE: July 12, 2013: As a couple of people pointed out, in the interview it appears that Carl Seielstad is saying the concept of “Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, Safety Zone (LCES)” resulted from the fatalities on the South Canyon Fire. That apparent incorrect association may or may not be due to the editing process, but Paul Gleason developed the concept after his experience on the 1990 Dude Fire.

Author: Bill Gabbert

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3 thoughts on “NPR’s All Things Considered covers the Yarnell Hill Fire fatalities”

  1. Re: the comments of Professor Carl Seielstad: I hope his comments were taken out of context.

    LCES came from the events surrounding the Dude Fire and Paul Gleason’s experiences there.

  2. I’ve had the privilege of being in university classes taught by Dr Seielstad, he definitely knows what he is talking about when it comes to wildland fire. I’d agree that some of is comments were taken out of context a tad bit.

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