33 episodes

What are the benefits of prescribed burning? Why have wildfires gotten so severe lately? How can I help protect my home and community?
Life With Fire podcast aims to answer these questions (and many others) while deepening our understanding of the critical role fire plays in America’s forests, lands and communities.
Hosted by writer and former wildland firefighter Amanda Monthei, Life with Fire features interviews with everyone from scientists to fire management experts to Indigenous practitioners and folks doing the work on the ground. Through these interviews, Amanda hopes to explore our relationship with fire, as well as ways we can better coexist with it in the future.

Life with Fire Amanda Monthei

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 79 Ratings

What are the benefits of prescribed burning? Why have wildfires gotten so severe lately? How can I help protect my home and community?
Life With Fire podcast aims to answer these questions (and many others) while deepening our understanding of the critical role fire plays in America’s forests, lands and communities.
Hosted by writer and former wildland firefighter Amanda Monthei, Life with Fire features interviews with everyone from scientists to fire management experts to Indigenous practitioners and folks doing the work on the ground. Through these interviews, Amanda hopes to explore our relationship with fire, as well as ways we can better coexist with it in the future.

    How Can Fire Culture Become More Inclusive? with Triss Seemiller

    How Can Fire Culture Become More Inclusive? with Triss Seemiller

    Triss Seemiller is a trans woman who started gender-affirming hormone therapy when she was on a shot crew in California. She transitioned soon after she left the crew. She has occasionally felt uneasy about sharing her identity with coworkers since transitioning, and in this episodes walks us through her breadth of experiences on different crews to talk about situations where she felt most empowered and comfortable being herself, as well as the situations that made her question her desire to stick with fire as a career. Through it all, she provides some incredible perspective on what it's like to navigate modern fire culture as a trans woman, and offers some suggestions for folks who want to build a more inclusive culture on their own crews and districts.
    This episode is sponsored by #ForestProud—a community of land stewards focused on keeping forests as forests while fighting for forest climate solutions in the era of climate change. They serve to "connect the dots" between organizations, initiatives, those interested in joining the forest sector and those already involved. To check out some of their great content, follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @forestproud. To become a member, learn more about them or donate, check out their website: https://forestproud.org/.

    • 43 min
    A Life Of Fire as a Trans Woman, with Bobbie Scopa

    A Life Of Fire as a Trans Woman, with Bobbie Scopa

    Bobbie Scopa has had quite a long and storied fire career—she recently retired after 45 years working in both wildland and municipal fire, during which she worked her way into the Chief position and into numerous leadership positions over her career with the Forest Service. Notably, she was present on the Dude Fire in 1990, where six firefighters were tragically killed, and even served at Ground Zero after 9/11.
    But Bobbie's story doesn't start and end with firefighting. She's also a trans woman, and has experienced the fire world as both a man and woman, having transitioned to female between fire seasons in the late 1980s. This gives Bobbie an exceedingly rare perspective on gender dynamics on the fireline—perspectives that she now shares widely through her podcast, Bobbie on Fire, as well as her new book, Both Sides of the Fireline, which is available for pre-order and will be released this fall. Through it all, Bobbie maintains an incredible ability to tell stories that serve not only as valuable lessons learned, but often as funny and relatable anecdotes for anyone who has worked in fire—and especially for those who are underrepresented in the fire space.

    • 50 min
    Diversity in Fire with Jane Park (Part Two)

    Diversity in Fire with Jane Park (Part Two)

    In the second half of our conversation with Jane Park, we spoke about some of the diversity initiatives that Jane has spearheaded within Banff National Park and Parks Canada as a whole. We also spoke about Jane's experiences of working in fire as a Korean-Canadian woman and type 1 incident commander, and why she thinks it's imperative to bring more people of color and women into the wildfire and prescribed fire spaces.

    • 37 min
    Prescribed Fire Management in Banff National Park with Jane Park

    Prescribed Fire Management in Banff National Park with Jane Park

    In our second episode of the Women in Wildfire series, we brought on Banff National Park Fire and Vegetation Management Specialist Jane Park, who on top of being a profound presence in the wildfire and prescribed fire management space is also, quite simply, really frickin cool (and very fun to chat with). Jane is a Korean-Canadian woman and a type one incident commander; she has also played a huge role in building more diversity within the Canada Parks system, and has notable on-the-ground achievements in bringing more progressive fire management to Banff National Park. We broke this conversation up in to two parts, with the first focusing on fire ecology/regimes in and around Banff, as well as some of the prescribed fire initiatives Jane has led in the park (and lots more).

    Stay tuned for the second half of our conversation with Jane, which will be published later next week.

    • 31 min
    From Fashion Week to the Fireline with Celilo Miles

    From Fashion Week to the Fireline with Celilo Miles

    There's a chance you've seen Nez Perce wildland firefighter and model Celilo Miles in a recent advertisement for Victoria's Secret—in it, she wears Nomex pants and holds her hard hat, emblazoned with the Nez Perce Tribe's fire management program logo. After seeing the ad making the rounds in the wildland fire community, we tracked Celilo down to chat about her background as both a wildland firefighter and a model and how her appearance in the VS advertisement came about. She spoke about balancing modeling and fire, and what each vocation has taught her about the other. We also spoke about the dynamic of being a woman in fire, during which she provided some suggestions for other woman who are interested in fire or are just getting started.
    This episode is the first in our series on women in wildfire, which will run until early May.

    • 23 min
    Creating Connections Through Community Forests with Jay McLaughlin

    Creating Connections Through Community Forests with Jay McLaughlin

    The Mt. Adams Resource Stewards in Washington State is an excellent example of hyper-local solutions to community fire resilience. Started in 2004 by this week's guest, Jay McLaughlin, the organization now boasts a community forest, a 10-person stewardship crew, community development programs and fire adaptation resources for nearby communities.
    Jay has a deep pool of experience in engaging rural (often former logging) communities in fire resilience and more progressive land management; in today's episode, we speak about the challenges of an organization like this, but also the myriad ways this work has been immensely rewarding for Jay and others in the community. He also offers some suggestions and bits of advice for others who hope to develop similar organizations in their own communities.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Trackrocks_2522 ,

Life with Fire Podcast

I work in the forestry sector and have been trying to find a forestry/fire ecology podcast for several years now. There are some others out there, but I’ve really connected w/ Life with Fire! I really appreciate how Amanda brings in such relevant/current issues (like the 2021 Forest Service all fires out directive) as well as going deep on policy (what does SB 332 actually mean for prescribed fire). Her guests all have their own unique experiences and expertise when it comes to fire, and I leave each episode learning something new. My coworkers and I are always excited to debrief after each episode! Thanks Amanda, you’ve really done an incredible job!

cromero1 ,

Purpose of Podcast

Losing interest in your podcast with so much focus on LGBQT. Was more interesting to me when you focus on mitigation strategies and activities for wild fires of today.

firedivs ,

Great Podcasts

Amanda, you bring to light a lot of issues that are out there when it comes to fire and protecting yourself and your home. You have some great guests that put it into such a perspective that people can understand it.

Not a bunch of language that people don’t understand or comprehend. Thank you so much.

Top Podcasts In Science

Hidden Brain
Alie Ward
Jordan Harbinger
Wes Larson, Jeff Larson, Mike Smith | QCODE
Science Friday and WNYC Studios
Neil deGrasse Tyson

You Might Also Like

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
Alie Ward
Jocko DEFCOR Network
Marcus Luttrell
MeatEater
Duct Tape Then Beer