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Wildland Firefighting 101

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

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WILDLAND FIRE NEWS

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.

Teams assess damage as California wildfire burns

POLLOCK PINES, California (AP) — Assessment teams hope to get an idea Saturday of just how many structures have been damaged or destroyed by a massive wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in Northern California.

Teams assess damage as California wildfire burns

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Assessment teams sought Saturday to find out just how many structures have been damaged or destroyed by a massive wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in Northern California.

California wildfire suspect pleads not guilty

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The man suspected of deliberately starting a fire that is now threatening thousands of homes in Northern California has pleaded not guilty to an arson charge.

California wildfire shows explosive growth, more than doubling in size to 111 square miles

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — California wildfire shows explosive growth, more than doubling in size to 111 square miles.

California woman doubts brother's role in wildfire

CAMINO, Calif. (AP) — The sister of a man arrested in a fast-growing Northern California wildfire says she strongly doubts he's responsible for starting the blaze, which has driven 2,800 people from their homes.

Maps provide early warning of California fire risk

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Fire-hardened Southern Californians know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, a wildfire probably isn't very far behind — the only questions are where it will erupt and how bad it will be.

Hundreds evacuate from 2 California wildfires

OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Two out-of-control wildfires in California forced hundreds of residents to flee from their homes on Sunday, including one near a lakeside resort town that has burned 21 structures, authorities said.

Search resumes for mountain lion that attacked boy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in Northern California will resume searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

Mountain lion attacks 6-year-old California boy

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion attacked a 6-year-old boy Sunday in Northern California and began dragging him away before his father and another man fought the animal off, authorities said.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

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.

Suspect Arraigned in King Fire (CA)

As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures in the King fire, the man accused of settin...

Inmate Firefighters Burned Over by California Wildland Fire

A crew of inmate firefighters had to deploy their fire shelters when a California wildfire burned over them earlier t...

Aerial Attack on King Fire Helps Containment Effort

No homes have been burned in the King Fire thanks in part to all the retardant and water drops from above helping fir...

Weather Helping Move Toward Containment of Estacada Fire

As additional crews continued to flood the fire camp set up outside Estacada, fire officials said that higher humidit...

Maps Provide Early Warning of California Fire Risk

Fire-hardened Southern Californians know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, a wildfire probably isn't very far behin...

Thousands of Firefighters Attempt to Contain 12 California Wildfires

Nearly 6,000 firefighters were trying to contain a dozen wildfires in California Tuesday, including a fast-spreading ...

Metal Sheeting in Garden Started Silverado Fire

The Silverado Canyon fire -- which prompted the evacuation of dozens of residents as it grew to about 1,600 acres -- ...

No Containment Yet of 36 Pit Fire (OR)

The 36 Pit fire, burning in grass and timber about 10 miles southeast of Estacada, has charred 2,300 acres and is zer...

Silverado Fire Burns 1500 Acres

Three firefighters were recovering from minor injuries after the Silverado Fire in the mountains of Cleveland Nationa...

IAFF to Honor Fallen Firefighters

This year, the IAFF will share 168 compelling stories of professional fire fighters and paramedics who paid the ultim...

Reporting from the Front Lines of the Happy Camp Complex Fire

NBC News was given access to the front lines of the 100,000-acre Happy Camp Complex fire in northern California.

Names of 168 Fallen Firefighters Etched into Wall of Honor

Each name tells a story. This year, the IAFF will share 168 compelling stories of professional fire fighters and para...

Wildfire Firefighting Videos

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Featured Firefighting Articles

SURVIVAL ZONE

VIPs Tour PPES Guardian Prior to Shipment to Republic of Indonesia

With the Guardian Safety and Survival Training System Simulator ready for shipment overseas, PPES held a VIP demonstration on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the company's new manufacturing facility in Atglen, PA.

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

In Case You Missed It : September 2014 Fire Engineering Features

September's list of Web-exclusive features from Fire Engineering ran the gamut of topics, from firefighter behavioral health to a detailed report on an incident in Germany in which firefighters successfully made use of a smoke-blocking device.

Industrial Firefighting

VectorLearning Acquires eLearning Provider CentreLearn Solutions

VectorLearning, in the online education and training for a broad range of industries through its RedVector, TargetSolutions, and CiNet-RedVector brands industry, announced it has acquired Pennsylvania-based CentreLearn Solutions, a pioneer in online education for emergency responders.

RIT

Dissecting the RIT: Air Supply

If you’re assigned the role of air supply or any position within RIT, make it your goal to train realistically, writes Jawan Clark.

Structural Firefighting

Humpday Hangout: Firefighting Coast to Coast

So what are the real differences between East Coast and West Coast firefighting? In this week's Humpday Hangout, hosts Bobby Halton and Erich Roden talk to guests Anthony Avillo of California and Anthony Kastros of New Jersey on some of the differences in firefighter operations in their two locales.

Wildland Firefighting

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 Saturday.

HAZMAT

Effects of Toxic Chemicals Studied During Port of L.A. Cleanup

Port of Los Angeles authorities are beginning an extensive harbor cleanup in the aftermath of a fire this week that burned through much of a wharf and released high levels of toxic gases and smoke into surrounding communities.

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.