Female firefighter to lead Forest Service amid scandal

After a career spent battling wildland fires across the West, U.S. Forest Service interim Chief Vicki Christiansen must now confront another sort of crisis: the harassment and bullying of women that’s persisted in the agency’s male-dominated culture despite numerous efforts at reform.

Christiansen’s ascension to the top of the 35,000-employee agency follows the ignominious downfall this week of its former chief, Tony Tooke, amid allegations of relationships with subordinates.


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