I know Burns is under a lot of heat from his association with Abramoff,
They leave their families and communities and risk their lives to serve us. They deserve nothing less than our heartfelt thanks, not scorn
It was only after they got a break from the fire line that U.S. Forest Service firefighters from Virginia, sent to help control the Bundy Railroad fire, north of Pompeys Pillar, felt the biggest blast of hot air. Montana Sen. Conrad Burns irrationally lit into weary crew members from the Forest Service's Augusta Hotshots after encountering them at the Billings airport, awaiting their flight home. He chastised them for doing a “poor job” fighting the fire.
After his unprovoked attack on the firefighters, Burns reiterated his criticism to a representative of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. “See that guy over there?” Burns said. “He hasn't done a God-damned thing. They sit around. I saw it up on the Wedge fire and in northwestern Montana some years ago. It's wasteful. You probably paid that guy $10,000 to sit around. It's gotta change.