Firefighters spraying foam

Title

Firefighters spraying foam

Description

A wildland firefighting crew uses a fire-retardant foam to extinguish flames on a YCC dormitory at Mammoth Hot Springs. Yellowstone's fire policy came under heavy criticism during the summer of 1988, as firefighters adopted a "let it burn" strategy that skeptics deemed "ecological idealism." The general public had yet to embrace the emergent concept of fire-dependent ecosystems, as the Chicago Tribune made clear with the condescending remark that "the theory that fire is an essential part of the ecosystem sounds almost poetic."

Creator

Jim Peaco

Source

Yellowstone Digital Slide Files archives

Date

1988-9-10

Files

Firefighters Spray Foam.jpg

Citation

Jim Peaco, “Firefighters spraying foam,” Fifty Years of Green: An Environmental History of Middlebury College since 1965, accessed May 26, 2024, https://omeka.middlebury.edu/fyg/items/show/310.