Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jerri Marr wishes she was a camera

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

In this picture of a June press conference, Marr can be seen behind Mayor Steve Bach, in the green hat and tan shirt.
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  • In this picture of a June press conference, Marr can be seen behind Mayor Steve Bach, in the green hat and tan shirt.

OK, the 46-year-old rock in the storm that was the Waldo Canyon Fire doesn't exactly wish she was a camera, but she would certainly come back as one, as explained in today's interview with the Denver Post's Douglas Brown.

It was conducted at Adam's Mountain Café, which apparently is in one of Marr's favorite restaurants.

When friends visit Marr in Pueblo, where her office is located, she often brings them to Manitou Springs for strolling, shopping and eating. The historic village, west of Colorado Springs and pressed against the mountains, was evacuated at the height of the June fires, and Marr spent a fair bit of time there helping the community deal with the tragedies sparking up around them. Her most vivid memories of last summer's brutal fire season, she said, revolve around how communities like Manitou Springs came together and toiled to save their streets.

The forest supervisor goes to talk about the fire's complexity — "You can't say if it just burns this way we will be OK. No, we just have to put it out" — fire safety tips, and why she didn't look as afraid as we all felt.

"Fire is always scary. But it's a healthy fear," she said. "I don't think about fear when I'm working. I think about how can I get the job done."

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