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Pay close attention to basic fundamentals that control the outcome of these fires, writes Demetrius A. Kastros.

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WILDLAND FIRE NEWS

Feds eye ways to avoid sage grouse listing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A listing of sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act can be avoided, the directors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management say.

Idaho conference seeks solutions for sage grouse

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some of the nation's top public lands officials and rangeland scientists have gathered in Boise to try to figure out what can be done to avoid a listing of the sage grouse on the federal Endangered Species Act.

Suspect in California wildfire pleads not guilty

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say the man facing an arson charge for a wildfire that tore through a Northern California town appeared to want to destroy an apartment complex where he once lived.

Suspect in California wildfire pleads not guilty

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say the man facing an arson charge for a wildfire that tore through a Northern California town appeared to want to destroy an apartment complex where he once lived.

Jewell: Sage grouse problems not insurmountable

ROGERSON, Idaho (AP) — The challenges in keeping sage grouse off the endangered species list are complex but not unsolvable, the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior said.

Scientists predict post-wildfire erosion risks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's nearly impossible to predict when and where the next major wildfire will be and whether an ill-timed thunderstorm could result in tons of ash and charred debris being washed down the bare mountainsides once the flames are out.

Northern California blaze not showing much growth

APPLEGATE, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews strengthened containment lines and put out hot spots Friday around a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that destroyed six homes and was threatening hundreds more.

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire spokeswoman: Pilot dies in crash of air tanker while fighting California wildfire.

Yosemite Park spokesman: Plane fighting California wildfire crashed; pilot's status unknown

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite Park spokesman: Plane fighting California wildfire crashed; pilot's status unknown.

California wildfire crews brace for weather shift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

NFPA's New Children Videos Highlight Family Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Three new children's videos, focusing on the importance of wildfire safety, have been released by the National Fire P...

Tailboard Talk: Connecting the Dots

Always remember, every one of us is a student and a teacher. As teachers, we must teach all those around us the why, ...

New Video Clips from Yarnell Hill Fire Released

New video clips have been released from the devastating 2013 Yarnell Hill (AZ) Fire that killed 19 wildland firefight...

Fire Departments in North Carolina, Pennsylvania Awarded Gear in Globe Giveaway

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are pleased to announc...

Funeral Details Announced for Fallen California Firefighting Pilot

Funeral details were released for a firefighter who was killed in air tanker crash near Yosemite in California on Oct...

King Fire Stopped Just Short of 100,000 Acres

Authorities reported that the King Fire is now 100% contained, but not before nearly 100,000 acres burn.

I-80 Reopens as Firefighters Gain on Applegate Fire

Interstate 80 in Placer County, California was reopened as crews battled back the Applegate fire.

California Wildfire Threatening Hundreds of Homes

A series of wildfires along a Northern California interstate destroyed five homes and threatened hundreds more as fir...

Pilot Killed in Air Tanker Crash Near Yosemite Identified

Cal Fire released the pilot's name who was killed in an air tanker crash in Yosemite National Park Tuesday.

NFPA Announces Second National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced that the second annual national Wildfi...

PacifiCorp GIS Solutions Announces Fire Map App

Ex-Firefighter to Stand Trial for Fatal California Wildfire

A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hund...

Firefighters Expect Full Containment of King Fire by Saturday

Full containment of a massive wildfire that scorched roughly 97,000 acres just east of Sacramento is expected by Satu...

King Fire Crews Start to Rehab Site

Crews are demobilizing from the King Fire just west of Lake Tahoe as they transition from suppression to rehabilitati...

University of Colorado Study Examines Trees to Learn About Wildfires

Wildfires along Colorado's Front Range, long assumed to be intensifying, may not be when understood in historical con...

Firefighter Hurt and Airlifted from King Fire

Cal Fire said a firefighter was hurt at the site of the King Fire in El Dorado County.

Firefighters Who Gave Their Lives in Service to Others Honored in Colorado Memorial

IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger joined grieving families and comrades in honoring the 168 professional ...

Howe and Howe Tech Launches Extreme Bulldog 4x4 Wildland Firefighting Brush Truck

You simply get more “bang for your buck” with a Bulldog 4X4 Fire truck.

Oregon Governor Declares Scoggins Creek Wildfire a Fire Emergency

Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek wildfire a fire emergency, directing fire and police crews from a...

Firefighters Describe Their Work Battling California Wildfires

Much of the work preventing wildfires happens far from the flames.

Wildfire Firefighting Videos

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Featured Firefighting Articles

SURVIVAL ZONE

FDM Highlights Innovation and Thought Leadership at APCO 2014

FDM Software will be demonstrating its new mobile CAD, T-911 and Multi-Agency Situational Awareness solutions at APCO 2014, as well as sharing its public safety expertise in a Tech Caf session.

SUBURBAN FIREFIGHTING

Big Storms, Big Emergencies

In this course, discuss the reason unusual conditions lead to unusual problems during big storms and discover how to preplan with your local utility. Learn the hazards bystanders pose to first responders and how to identify critical and dangerous infrastructure in your area.

First Due Battalion Chief

First-Due Battalion Chief: Information Is Vital

When it comes to firefighting in modern buildings, building construction information can go a long way toward keeping firefighters safe, Dan Sheridan writes.

From the Jumpseat

From the Jumpseat: The Safety/Identity Conflict

Do the stories that make up how firefighters think of themselves actually make it more difficult for them to operate safely on the fireground? Mark J. Cotter reviews a scientific study that says yes.

Dunn's Dispatch

Dunn's Dispatch: Rekindle Fires

Preventing a rekindle is a team responsibility. Vincent Dunn discusses the implications of a rekindle and the importance of overhaul operations.

Engine

Hoseline Hangout: Bill Gustin and Company on Engine Company Operations

In this chat sponsored by Key Hose, Bobby Halton and Bill Gustin talks to Darryl Liggins, Clark Lampling, Dan Shaw, and Jason Hoevelmann about engine company operations.

Industrial Firefighting

FoxFury Lighting Solutions Announces 12-Foot Tall FoxFury Transformer 360 Degree Scene Light

FoxFury Lighting Solutions is pleased to officially introduce its tallest and brightest portable scene light, the Nomad Transformer.

RIT

NASEMSO Announces New Initiative on Performance Measures

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) announced today a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a comprehensive set of EMS performance measures.

Structural Firefighting

Woman Killed in Chattanooga (TN) House Fire

A 25-year-old woman was killed in a house fire last night in Hixson.

Wildland Firefighting

NFPA's New Children Videos Highlight Family Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Three new children's videos, focusing on the importance of wildfire safety, have been released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are now available on its wildfire "information for youth and families" webpage.

HAZMAT

Ram Air Introduces Special-Ops Gear Decon System

Ram Air Gear Dryer, a manufacturer known for their turnout gear dryers, recently introduced a complete system for proper decontamination of special-ops gear that cannot be washed in a mechanical washer.

PREINCIDENT INTELLIGENCE

Intelligent Response Structures, Part 1

Eric G. Bachman offers this two-part article on reinforcing the need to develop a response structure methodology.