LISTEN: ‘Out West’ podcast explores how wildfire managers are confronting threat of COVID-19

Firefighting in the Era of COVID, the latest episode of WGA’s Out West podcast, illustrates how wildfire suppression operations have changed in light of the ever-evolving threat of COVID-19.

WGA Senior Policy Advisor Bill Whitacre – himself a former wildland firefighter – and Aaron Thompson, State Fire Management Officer for the Bureau of Land Management in Montana and the Dakotas, discuss the challenges fire managers face during the 2020 wildfire season. In addition, they also explore new strategies and procedures to keep fire crews safe.

To listen, click the embedded player below, or visit PodbeanSpotify and Apple Podcasts.

Wildfire is a major issue in the West and improving wildfire management is a high priority for the Western Governors’ Association. Learn more about our ongoing policy work to prevent and combat wildfire.

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