Angeles National Forest Fire Engine Capt., Linda Winkler, checks the day's briefing notes before her crew moves onto the next Donnell Fire hot spot in the Clark Fork campground in California’s Stanislaus National Forest on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
Winkler joined the U.S. Forest Service at the age of 18, working seasonally for 10 years before becoming a full time firefighter. She’s been full time for 28 years.
Married for 17 years, Winkler and her dirt-bike instructor/musician husband have no children.
“I would have had to quit my job back then if I wanted kids,” she said. “I’m fine with it, I made a conscious choice.”
From "Gender Diversity on the Fire Line" for High Country News.