The Smokey Generation

Fire Foundation

The Smokey Generation –– is a passion project founded by our Ambassador, Bethany Hannah, who was also a former wildland firefighter and owner of Wildland Fire Careers. The Smokey Generation's website was created as part of Bethany's thesis project for her Master of Arts degree in Environmental Studies – with a concentration in wildland fire management and communications. The goal is to collect and share stories from wildland firefighters throughout the country so that we can preserve the history and culture of the wildland firefighting industry and stimulate discussion about wildland fire itself.

With the help of amazing sponsors and supporters, The Smokey Generation can capture, preserve, and share the story of wildland fire. They can give voice to the history of wildland firefighters and to wildland fire itself—in a way that has never been done before.

The wildland firefighting industry is rich in experiences, fascinating in its culture, and incredibly insightful about the role of fire in the environment. There are so many skilled and gifted wildland firefighters and leaders whose stories we risk losing due to illness and age, not to mention the great stories from current firefighters at all points in their careers. By donating to The Smokey Generation, you will enable the wildland community to tap into the fount of knowledge these fascinating firefighters possess – and share these stories for years to come. Help keep these stories alive and donate here!

Through continued support, MYSTERY RANCH helps The Smokey Generation showcase the wildland fire community in an authentic, meaningful, and unique way, and at the same time, helps to preserve this irreplaceable wildland firefighting history. As we enter into a new fire season to come, look for The Smokey Generation to bring you great new footage, photos, and stories from the fireline.