Year of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Creative Writing (Nonfiction)

Department or School/College


Committee Chair

Judy Blunt

Commitee Members

Christopher Dombrowski, Mark Sundeen


lookout, Forest Service, wildfire, memoir


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Literature in English, North America


When Austin Hagwood first visited a rundown fire lookout on a mountain peak, he had no idea he would one day join the ranks of the few fire-watchers left in North America. A fateful phone call led him to southwest Montana, where he spent five summers living alone in a lookout 8,000 feet above sea level. This thesis is the story of those five seasons, months that led to love, knowledge of a place, and what we seek from wilderness itself.

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