Hot Pot Fire Rhetorical Analysis

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During the summer of 2016, I fought wildland fire for the Weiser Ranger District of the Payette National Forest in Idaho. I worked on a type four heavy engine, E-421. As a firefighter, I was able to witness climate change and increasing fire activity first hand on an off forest assignment to Midas, Nevada. It was there where my module was the first to respond to the Hot Pot Fire. In a little under 36 hours, the Hot Pot Fire spread 123,000 acres. It claimed an abandoned ranch and almost consumed an entire town, six occupied ranches, and a mine. Its ferocity was truly unbelievable. The flames spread like water on the ground. The fire even created its own weather head, causing it to roll across the rangeland at 45 miles per hour. Fires of this intensity and showing these unusual behaviors are becoming an ever increasing reality and danger. In response to such conditions, the Forest Service has been forced to spend increasing sums of money to suppress wildland fire. To investigate this issue, Jodi Peterson, Editor for the High Country …show more content…
She uses her ethos as the Editor of the High Country News as well as those of her first person sources. She, also, utilizes a variety of arguments to appeal to her audience. However, Peterson’s use of pathos is, by far, her most powerful tool. First of all, Peterson’s position as Editor of the High Country News has some ethos to it. She is clearly an experienced and accomplished writer. Moreover, she uses the testimonies of two others to help bolster her ethos. In the article she uses quotes from Tom Tidwell and Greg Zimmerman. Tidwell is the agency chief of the US Forest Service, and Zimmerman is the policy director for Western Priorities. Undoubtedly, they both have the credentials and position to discuss the issue. So, due to her own qualifications and those of her sources, she is able to build an incredibly strong

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