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Wildland Firefighting 101, Part 2

By Demetrius A. Kastros For Part 1, click HERE Tactics All control operations, whether hose lays or mobile pumping, MUST begin with an anchor point; this is where your suppression operation starts. Anchor points need to be located and/or created where they can prevent the fire from burning around the end of the control line, possibly outflanking the suppression crews and putting fire behind them. As shown in the photo 2, the base of a hill makes an excellent anchor point for a fire burning upslope. The initial goal of any suppression effort at a wildland fire is perimeter control. My preferred tactic for an initial attack on a wildland fire is the pincer or flanking attack. This is an at...

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