The book Young Men and Fire by author Norman Maclean about the loss of a team of smoke jumpers in a fire in Montana in 1949, is just one of the stories that serves as a reminder about the dangerous nature of fire in the west. Since 1949, more firefighters have lost their lives and the number of deaths seems to be increasing with the severity of the fires. Family Water Alliance would like to thank those men and women who each year put their lives on the line to protect our forests and watersheds. We can’t imagine what life in the west would be without you. May God bless you and your families.