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Amanda Monthei

Amanda Monthei is a writer, public information officer, podcast producer and former hotshot for the US Forest Service. After leaving operational fire in 2019, she figured the best way to evade the looming boredom/nostalgia of no longer fighting fire was to braid her love of storytelling with her passion for wildfire; since then, she has written about wildfire for a number of US magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Outside Online, Deseret News and others. She also produces and hosts Life with Fire Podcast, which she created to help cultivate a greater public understanding of wildfire while exploring how we can better coexist with it in the future.

Amanda lives in Bellingham, WA, where she often juxtaposes writing/talking/thinking about wildfire with biking/skiing/fishing in the rain.