Michael Burri

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24 minutes


Sustainability, Fire prevention, Fire fighters -- Oregon


Interview of Michael Burri by Jeff Pullen-Sayles at Sandy, Oregon on May 9th, 2010.

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As of 2010, Michael Burri was attending Oregon State University, studying Natural Resource Management. He was born in Portland, Oregon and lived in Bend for a time. In 2010 he was hired as the lead firefighter on the Clearwater Ranger District. His career as a fire fighter has included forest fire suppression, fire prevention, land management, search and rescue, and fuels management.


Mike Burri is a fire responder from the Nez Perce National Forest (Idaho). In this interview he discusses the most recent fire suppression policy, his opinions on the current state of the policy, and what could be done differently. Burri defines sustainability as “trying to make the most out of the resources” that we have. He recycles excess plastics and aluminum used in the field. Thinning, which is the process of ridding forests of excess understory, is a highly mentioned topic in this interview. Combined with controlled burns, thinning is a preventative measure that reduces the amount of fuels for potential fires from getting uncontrollable. Burro also describes the average workday and requirements necessary for a fire responder, including field equipment, physical training, and education.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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