By Heather Hansman

October 29, 2017

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Nelda St. Clair keeps an unofficial list: 22 last year, 30 the year before.

Sixteen suicides among wildland firefighters this year already, although St.

Clair points out there tends to be a spike after fire season, which has

dragged on long this year. "Suicide rates have become astronomical," she

says. "And those are just the ones we know of."