8 episodes

On September 2nd 2017, just east of Portland, Oregon, 150 hikers were trapped behind a wall of flames created by one mistake, one that would lead to immense fear and loss. Wildfire, a podcast from REI Co-op, investigates the causes and repercussions of this devastating wildfire.

Wildfire REI Co-op

    • Wilderness
    • 4.3 • 405 Ratings

On September 2nd 2017, just east of Portland, Oregon, 150 hikers were trapped behind a wall of flames created by one mistake, one that would lead to immense fear and loss. Wildfire, a podcast from REI Co-op, investigates the causes and repercussions of this devastating wildfire.

    Introducing: Camp Monsters

    Introducing: Camp Monsters

    A preview of REI's new podcast: Camp Monsters.

    • 2 min
    The Language of Wildfire

    The Language of Wildfire

    In the final episode of Wildfire we’re going to arm you with the tools you need to interpret the information you see in the news, be more prepared personally, and, if you like, know where you can go to learn more.

    • 22 min
    The Future of Wildfire

    The Future of Wildfire

    In episode five, we dive into the political spectrum around wildfire, and look into management solutions for dealing with the future of wildfire in the United States. And we’ll wrap things up in the Columbia River Gorge, concluding the story of Oregon’s 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

    • 51 min
    A Retrospective

    A Retrospective

    In episode four, we’ll look into our wildfire management strategy as an institution; to learn from its founding principles, as well as its pitfalls, and learn from our triumphs and mistakes to help chart the best path forward.

    • 45 min
    Incident Command

    Incident Command

    Hosts Graham and Jim examine the incident command structure of wildland firefighting forces, how these response systems work, and what drives these men and women to keep going as they put their life on the line to stop these fires.

    • 46 min
    A Natural Phenomenon?

    A Natural Phenomenon?

    Are wildfires natural? And, if so, what purpose do they serve within the ecology of our forests?

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
405 Ratings

405 Ratings

Abshxnskx ,

Great start!

First season was fantastic. Informational and easier to listen to. However, second season trailer sounds like the narrator is trying to use a deeper voice than he naturally has. I dearly hope this isn’t how he’s going to sound the rest of the season.

maverich9 ,

Very intriguing

A great blend of story telling, reporting and science. A must listen for anyone from the northwest. I found this podcast during the 2020 fire season in Oregon. It really struck home listening to this with the sky filled with smoke and ash.

Schoncher ,

This is not the podcast to learn about wildland fire

This was rough. How does an organization with the resources and networks of REI produce something so journalistic for a topic that’s so scientific and begging for something beyond the typical “story?” When the corporation’s former CEO was Secretary of the Interior, one can reasonably expect some hard-hitting interviews with the top experts - policy makers and scientists, practitioners and observers. Heck, I only bumped this up to 2 stars because the journalists managed to get a basic interview with Stephen Pine.

This podcast is best for the REI customer awaiting her annual dividend. This is for the urban yuppie dipping his toe into the overly-visited hot spring off the washboarded forest road traveled by dust/covered Subaru’s who isn’t really interested in wildland fire that’s reasonably never going to impact his downtown flat. This podcast is not for wildland firefighters, especially seasonal feds who could teach this subject with expert-like perspective by the start of their third season, but could be for municipal firefighters who are unlikely to ever cut line.

Here’s another thought: if I wanted to inform you about international reporting by major domestic news agencies, would you get the better perspective on that process by hearing from international bureau chiefs at The NY Times, WaPo, etc, or should I offer you the take of the Carson City-based Nevada Appeal? The Nevada Appeal reports international news, technically. Right? So if I wanted to inform you about wildland fire management and the incident command system, should I find a type 1 incident commander or information officer or operations chief from a national team or should I let you hear from a municipal fire captain on a local/state team to give you the overview of a process originated out of Southern California in the 1970s and refined by federal teams? Like I said, this isn’t a podcast for wildland firefighters (but kudos to that fire captain who hat tipped USFS handcrews - that guy gets it and knows what he does, and does not, want to do!).

You can read the other reviews concerning editing, style, pronunciation, etc (I concur). For me, this missed the mark and reflects far too many cliche journalistic attempts to frame wildland fire as their own story when it never was/is in the first place. 👎

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