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Mathes shares the secrets of the firefighter fraternity

I spent more time this fire season on the ground talking to regular firefighters than I had for a few years. The work is hard, long, grueling, often tedious and sometimes dangerous. That danger was broadcast once again to the

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More than 600 remember smokejumper at memorial

Smokejumper Mark T. Urban was remembered as a quiet mentor, Friday who carried out his job efficiently without seeking credit. More than 600 people remembered Urban, 40, in a memorial at the National Interagency Fire Center where he was based.

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