‘Excitement Often Means Danger’: A Mother And Son Remember Life On The Fire Line

Recorded September 13, 2019 Archived September 13, 2019 01:56 minute
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Connie Mehmel was a young mother when she started fighting wildfires in Washington state, in the late 1970s. Her son, Ian, would eventually follow in her footsteps. After 42 years working for the Forest Service, Connie retired in September of 2019.

Connie and Ian sat down at StoryCorps to talk about working life side by side on the fire line.


  • Ian Bennett
  • Connie Mehmel
  • StoryCorps

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