As a long-time resident of Cody, Wyoming, I am surrounded by heroes. From the driven professionals who teach our children to the dedicated and selfless staff of our police, fire and other public-service departments, there is a huge population of heroes among us.
That fact has become abundantly clear recently as skilled and dedicated firefighters battle wildfires in Yellowstone National Park and along the North Fork of the Shoshone River. As sometimes happens in the late summer, lightning-caused fires occur, and the trifecta of high temperatures, high winds and low humidity can increase the danger of those fires spreading.
The National Park Service reminds us that fires play a natural role in the ecosystem, and firefighters manage each fire based on current and predicted conditions as well as risk to structures. Lightning causes many wildfires, but from time to time there will be human-caused fires as well.
Firefighters who continue to put their lives at risk as they protect ours are my heroes. I hope you’ll join me in thanking the many smokejumpers, pilots, hotshot crews and other skilled professionals that help to protect us.
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