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Rick and Linda Pierce were photographed by the Minneapolis Tribune on August 30, 1977 in the Minneapolis Airport after spending a month in California fighting fires. In 1977, the husband and wife duo was an oddity among hotshots so Linda and Rick received a lot of publicity during their career. (Contributed)

Crews that take the heat

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Though decades have passed since Linda and Rick Pierce were hotshot firefighters, they can still remember it like it was yesterday.

They can remember the anticipation and thoughts that raced through their heads as a fire approached, the darkness of the ash-filled sky and the reward of fending off another wildfire.

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