Cindy Petrich, Donnell Fire Drop Point (DP) 22 Division, gives the day's game plan to her crew early in the morning on Friday, August 10, 2018, near Dardanelle, California, during the Donnell Fire.
“I love this job,” she said during California’s Donnell Fire. “If I wasn’t happy, I wouldn’t be here.”
Petrich, 46, has been fighting fires since 1992. When away on fires, she focuses solely on the tasks at hand and pushes her family, including three sons, ages 19, 12 and 10, a daughter, 8, and a husband, to the back of her mind.
She’s all in when home, making up for lost time by joining her children on as many field trips as possible.
All told, she is away from her family for a couple months out of the year.
From "Gender Diversity on the Fire Line" for High Country News.