Optimus rests in a bowl of popcorn, while Hansen’s two young children watch a movie.
Columbus Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Travis Hansen was one of a handful of locals who have answered the call for mutual aid to neighboring states to help fight wildfires in recent months.
In August, he spent 14 days on the Mendocino Fire in northern California — a wildfire that killed one firefighter, injured four other firefighters, burned 459,123 acres, destroyed 280 structures and caused at least $267 million in damages before fire crews contained it in September.
In a recently published issue of The California Sunday Magazine, 10 photographs are featured in a piece titled “Camping out with Long-Distance Firefighters.”
Hansen is one of three firefighters from Montana in that photo series, which is accompanied by a quote.