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Hello and welcome to my website. I am a British-born, naturalized American, living in California. Based in Los Angeles, I work as a correspondent for BBC television, radio and digital outlets, covering everything from US politics and world affairs to technology, natural disasters and Hollywood. I also host the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast. My special interest is the science of human longevity - food, fasting, exercise and long-term health. All views expressed reflect my personal experiences. I advise anyone considering adopting a new diet or fitness regime to first consult with their doctor. Links on this site are to my personal portfolio of audio, video and text. Copyright of broadcast works remain with the BBC and LLAMA podcast content with Healthspan Media LLC. Thanks for the visit!

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

California's secret weapon against the wildfires

The US Forest Service has long since used pack animals to help in its battle against California's annual wildfires.

Mules often do the work of heavy machinery, for a fraction of the cost. But their future is in doubt as budgets tighten and new technology takes over.

Sometimes, the old ways of doing things are best.

I went to see the mules in action at their base in Mammoth Lakes in the Inyo National Forest on the edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Interviews with forest packers Michael Morse and Lee Roeser from the Mammoth Ranger District plus intern Katy Bartzokis and blacksmith (the mule shoe guy) Zack Campbell.

BBC WEBSITE: Can firefighting mules balance California's budget?

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