June 29, 2014

Episode 21: Steve Underwood, Wild land fire fighter

Paleo Treats® Episode 21: Steve Underwood, Wild land fire fighter

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Steve Underwood is the Fire Management Officer out at Mesa Verde National Park and a 26 year veteran of fighting forest fires.  He is also one of the most well read folks you’ll ever meet.

In this podcast we talk about many different famous wildfires, from Mann Gulch in ’49 to Yellowstone in ’88 to the 2006 Tripod fire and the 1994 Storm King fire.

Steve covers everything from how fires operated before Europeans arrived in America to how a fire crew is organized to how much a wild land firefighter will carry when heading into the fight.

He’s also got some interesting insight into what makes women such tough and effective firefighters, why fighting fires is so interesting, and the the difference between “natural” and “wild” fires.

This is a fascinating look into a subject that not many folks take the time to know about.  Enjoy!


Nik Hawks


Nik Hawks helps run the show at Paleo Treats. Fascinated by humans in all their strange glory, Nik is harnessed in and pulling hard in pursuit of excellence with the rest of the PT Crew. Enjoy!

Too much reading...
How about dessert?

Too Much Reading...How About Dessert?



November 24, 2019

Strong all the way through, c’mon dawg!

Steve Underwood
Steve Underwood

August 17, 2014

Once again, a weak first minute or two then I hit my stride.

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