Taking the “Wild” Out of Wildfire

Matthew Desmond

in On the Fireline

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780226144085
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226144078 | DOI:
Taking the “Wild” Out of Wildfire

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This chapter explores how the Forest Service cultivates within firefighters a specific professional disposition toward risk taking, what is called the illusion of self-determinacy, a collective belief that the uncontrollable force of wildfire is completely within firefighters' control and therefore devoid of danger.

Keywords: firefighters; firefighting; self-determinacy; wildfires

Chapter.  9822 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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