I always thought being a manager of a controlled burn would be quite interesting. Burn a few hundred to thousands of acres of pine flatwoods to simulate the natural fire cycle? Sounds like fun! But, as with everything, there is more to the story which actually makes fire science quit interesting.
I get to see the other side of the burn; the incredibly quick recovery and growth of the areas burned. Its a shame this practice is becoming so difficult due to uninformed homeowners, who ironically built their houses to be close to nature.