“You’re about to join an elite team of firefighters!” Brouillard hollers over the engine. Your stomach feels like it's no longer a part of your body; you can almost hear your heart beating. Something inside you, a premonition perhaps, tells you not to jump. It's only natural to have second thoughts, you realize. You look down again. Can you go through with it? Did your training ready you for solitary treks through wilderness even the rangers never venture through? These fires are unpredictable—you might even suspect arsonists are afoot in these beautiful forests.
About the Author R. A. MONTGOMERY is an avid outdoorsman. He has hiked in the Himalayas, climbed mountains in Europe, scuba-dived in Central America and sailed in Franco-phone Africa. He has lived in France, travels frequently to Asia and calls Vermont home. His interests include macroeconomics, geo-politics, mythology, history, mystery novels and music. He has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.