Richard E. Montague Interview, January 14, 1982


Richard E. Montague


Nick Sundt, Charlie Bragdon



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Richard Montague discusses how firefighting funding was determined in the late-1970s and early-1980s, in terms of both prevention and suppression of wildfires. He describes the negotiation process between firefighting outfits, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Congress for appropriate funding. Montague also explains how fire management has come to utilize analytics in determining the most cost-effective and effective size of crews, location of jumper bases and amount of equipment necessary to prevent and suppress fires. With these analytics, Montague explains that management has permitted fires to become larger, allowing them to be contained by natural barriers before sending in fire crews, in order to preserve resources. Montague also explains the job responsibilities are various people in the fire management system and the affirmative action measures of fire crews to incorporate female firefighters into their crews, detailing some of the different skill sets that they bring.


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Document Type

Oral History


Smokejumping; U.S. Forest Service; Fire Suppression; Firefighting logistics and funding; Affirmative Action; Female smokejumpers; Rocky Mountain West; Congressional fund allocation

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

United States; Idaho; Montana; Oregon



Original Collection

Nick Sundt Smokejumpers Oral History Project, OH 172, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 172-030

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:58:08 minutes

Local Filename

OH_172_030.mp3; OH_172_030.pdf

Richard E. Montague Interview, January 14, 1982