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WILDLAND FIRE NEWS

Early start to Northwest wildfire season; more danger ahead

SEATTLE (AP) — Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and very dry conditions have helped fuel blazes weeks earlier than usual.

Officials rule out natural causes in Washington state blaze

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire that destroyed nearly 30 homes in central Washington state was likely human-caused.

Montana Editorial Roundup

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 30, on increasing graduation rates:

Washington state wildfire victims return to burned homes

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Tom Bryant watched the central Washington state wildfire advance up a hillside toward his home, then turned to tell his wife it was time to evacuate.

'Mind blowing' flames destroy homes in Washington state

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee.

Washington governor takes emergency wildfire action

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Citing extreme wildfire risk with high temperatures and widespread drought conditions, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and the state lands commissioner took emergency steps Friday to reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires — and deal with them if they start.

Southern California fire roars to life

Wildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, including a resurgent blaze in California that forced residents of some desert communities to flee their homes.

Smoke from Southern California wildfire affects Vegas area

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A smoky haze from a Southern California wildfire created a red sunrise in the Las Vegas area and prompted air quality officials to issue a health advisory for people with respiratory ailments.

2 wildfires in Alaska threaten homes, force evacuations

HOUSTON, Alaska (AP) — Fire crews are battling two serious wildfires in Alaska that are threatening hundreds of residences and have forced numerous evacuations.

13 states to share $10 million to cut land wildfire risks

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has announced $10 million for land restoration projects in 13 states in a strategy to reduce catastrophic wildfires.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

Record-Breaking Heat Taking Toll on Firefighters

Fire season is upon us, and the heavy workload and hot temperatures are taking a toll on emergency responders.

Firefighter and Two Inmates Injured Near Three Rivers Brush Fire

A Cal Fire chief said a tree fell on the three year veteran firefighter with Cal Fire as he battled a wildfire in the...

Has Fire Service Leadership Changed in the Past Five Years?

The fire service has overwhelmingly recognized the importance of leadership. Yet, it does not seem that much has chan...

Human Cause Suspected in Washington Fire

Investigators suspect human activity, rather than lightning, sparked a grassland fire that has destroyed at least 29 ...

Wildfires in the West Could Have Widespread Impact

As expected, the 2015 wildfire season has meant more bad news for drought-stricken Western states. As of Ju...

Wildfire Firefighting Videos

SURVIVAL ZONE

Training Minutes: Radio Tips

Communications are essential on the fireground. In this new Training Minutes video, Nick Martin provides some information and tips on wearing your ...

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 utilit...

First Due Battalion Chief

Firefighting and Preserving the Fire Scene: Finding the Balance

The company officers and firefighters all play a huge role in every fire investigation, Danny Sheridan and Steve Chasteen write.

FDIC International

Tim Hyden: Fire Service Risk Management

Tim Hyden discusses the importance that the risk management thought process that is key to making a difference.  

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

What Would You Do? Car Accident, Wires Down

This firefighter training simulation from Skip Coleman involves a multi-car accident that causes a power line to fall on top of another vehicle.

Industrial Firefighting

Thousands Go Home After Tennessee Train Fire Forced Evacuation

About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on ...

RIT

Training Minutes: Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Operations

Watch a set of Training Minutes videos dealing with the Mayday, down firefighter removal, and the actions of the rapid intervention team (RIT)

HAZMAT

See Center for Domestic Preparedness Training in Action on YouTube

Responders interested in training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness can now view video descriptions of courses, as well as news sto...

PREINCIDENT INTELLIGENCE

All-Seasons Intelligence

Embracing a year-round approach to preincident preparedness will improve the readiness of a fire department to protect the permanent and transient ...