Cindy Petrich (r), Donnell Fire Drop Point (DP) Division, discusses the day's game plan with Tracy Milakovic (l) early in the morning on Thursday, August 16, 2018, near Dardanelle, California.
Petrich, 46, has been fighting fires since 1992. When away on fires, she focuses solely on the tasks at hand and pushes her family, including three sons, ages 19, 12 and 10, a daughter, 8, and a husband, to the back of her mind.
She’s all in when home, making up for lost time by joining her children on as many field trips as possible.
From "Gender Diversity on the Fire Line" for High Country News.
She is grateful for her in-laws, who are equally supportive when she is in, and out, of town. When she returns home, she feels proud of what she does on the job and has developed more confidence.