Iowa Firefighters Reflect On Experience With 2020 Wildland Fires
This was a historically devastating year for wildfires.
On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with two native Iowans for their first-hand accounts of fighting wildfires out west.
Nate Wiener has been a firefighter for about 10 years. Currently, he’s squad leader for what’s called a helitack crew based in Boise, Idaho. Wiener’s squad can respond rapidly, as they’re transported by helicopter to wildfires.
This was the very first season for Liam Kieffer as part of an engine crew based in Montana. Kieffer spent his summer out west. He is also host Ben Kieffer's son.
- Nate Weiner, squad leader on the Boise helitack crew, Boise, Idaho
- Liam Kieffer, U.S. Forest Service