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November 24, 2014

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Forester retires after 22 years with state

CARSON CITY – After ten years of sending crews to fight scores of wildland and forest fires across Nevada, State Forester Pete Anderson has retired.

“The hardest part is putting my people in harm’s way,” said Anderson, 62, who served 22 years in state government.

Anderson said he mostly remembers the “Waterfall” fire that burned in the hills west of Carson City. It broke out two weeks after he took the job. And he recalls the “Carpenter” fire that started in Pahrump and burned into Clark County.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said Wednesday that Anderson “did a great job” and “will be difficult to replace.”

Anderson’s last day was Aug. 31. He said the agency fights a number of small fires and 6-10 major blazes every year. But he said the state has been lucky so far this summer without a number of big fires.

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