Nineteen of 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died on Sunday fighting a wilderness fire in Arizona. Outside magazine's July issue has a story about what it's like to work as a hotshot. The story is written by Kyle Dickman, Outside's associate editor who used to work as a hotshot full-time and embedded with a crew last summer. There is a lot of working out ("60 pull-ups, 240 push-ups, 390 sit-ups, and an afternoon spent cutting line") a lot of dangerous work ("around 7:30 P.M., a gust sends the fire down toward the line, blowing burning leaves over the engine crews") and not a lot of work-life balance ("Her husband, Mike Kelly, a full-time crew member, had left for a smoke-jumping job in Idaho a month earlier, and she hadn’t seen him since.")
Our pals at Outside magazine have put together a list of 30 of the best places to work based on companies that "truly believe in work-life balance" (which is a thing I don't have because I have more work in my days than life, but I'm okay with that for the time being).