Samsara Chapman Duffey Interview, May 17, 2023


Beth Hodder, Kjell Petersen, Mark Hufstetler



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For her second interview, Samsara Duffey discusses how to watch for lightning strikes and holdovers and what to look for with weather. She shares her observations on the importance of long-term lookouts; knowing your area; and the lookout’s role in changing ways agencies view lookouts now, in the past, and what might be in the future. Sam speaks of how climate change may be affecting fire seasons. She also talks of the importance of having humans at lookouts, changing ideas of administrators, educating the public, and the importance of lookouts within our country.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project, OH 453, 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 453-026

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound; Text

Digital Format

video/mp4; audio/m4a; application/pdf; text/plain

Run Time

01:15:51 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_026.mp4; OH_453_026.m4a; OH_453_026.pdf;

Samsara Chapman Duffey Interview, May 17, 2023