Learn more about wildland fires in "Megafire"
Caitlin Chinn, ’13, B.A., recreation, became a wildland firefighter as a student to pay her way through Western. Though she had never so much as camped before, she’s now a seven-year veteran of wildland firefighting with the U.S. Forest Service and plans to “fight fire until my heart says no more,” she says. “I'm in nursing school but that's not a conclusive end for me. I'm heading back to Idaho this June for my eighth season.”
Click on the images to read more about life as a wildland fire fighter, or tag along on Chinn’s next firefighting season on her Instagram feed @caitlinchinn.
Photos by Caitlin Chinn, '13