Wildland Firefighting


Wildland Firefighting 101      

Wildland Firefighting 101

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



Colorado buys fire-spotting planes to battle fires

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks, deploying aircraft designed to pinpoint the location of blazes quicker after the first sighting of smoke with the aim of beginning suppression efforts faster.

California brush fire spurs 1,500-plus evacuations

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.

Wildfire burns near west entrance to national park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Fire crews were at the scene of a small wildfire burning near the less traveled west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

California man pleads not guilty to 2013 wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.

Firefighters Survive After California Wildland Fire Burns Over Them

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three trapped firefighters had to deploy their personal fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday, authorities said. All three survived with no serious injuries.

Energy secretary vows to get NM nuke dump working

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is vowing to get southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump back in operation as soon as possible after a mysterious radiation leak that indefinitely shuttered the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in February.

Wildfires in Northern California threaten homes

ETNA, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews trying to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms.

Man charged with starting massive California blaze

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — While the flames still raced through California's Sierra Nevada last year, investigators zeroed in on a deer hunter they had rescued by helicopter an hour after the first report of the wildfire that would become the mountain range's largest in its recorded history.

Man charged with starting massive California blaze

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man was charged Thursday with starting the state's third-largest wildfire, a 2013 blaze that charred hundreds of square miles of land in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

Hawaii Fire Caused by Kids Burns Hundreds of Acres

Firefighters battling a Hawaii wildfire caused by young boys playing with a lighter are using helicopters and clearin...

Junction Fire Reaches 95 Percent Containment

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a wildfire in the Oakhurst area.

Woman Set Reservation Fire to Give Friends Work

A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon...

Teen Girl Accused in Cocos Fire Will Stand Trial

A teenage girl accused of starting north San Diego’s devastating Cocos Fire is competent to stand trial.

Colorado Buys Fire-Spotting Planes

Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks, deploying aircraft designed to pinpoin...

Firefighters Gain Ground on Wildfire near Yosemite

Hundreds of firefighters worked a fast-moving wildfire in the foothill town of Oakhurst on Tuesday, limiting the casu...

Spartan ERV Expands Wildland Apparatus Portfolio

Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles) ("Spartan" or the "Company"), a business unit of Sparta...

Three Hurt Fighting South Cle Elum Ridge Fire

A log rolled down a hill and injured two Arizona firefighters fighting the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire early Wednesday ...

Rain Dampens Extreme Fire Behavior in Oregon

Light rain falling over southwestern Oregon helped crews stop an explosive burst of a wildfire threatening scattered ...

Crews Struggle with Wind in Central Washington Fire

Fire crews are still struggling to contain an 8,840-acre blaze about 12 miles north of Ellensburg in Central Washingt...

Register for Free Wildland Fire Assessment Program Training

Register today to participate in the Wildland Fire Assessment Program FREE training that's taking place in conju...

Firefighters Gain on Destructive Oregon Wildfire

Fire officials are upbeat about their progress in fighting a wildfire in Oregon's wind-swept Columbia River Gorge tha...

Jet Captures Fire Clouds Over California Wildfires

New photographs taken from a fighter jet above massive wildfires raging along the California-Oregon border show the f...

Hunter Charged with Starting the Rim Fire

A bow hunter who was rescued by a helicopter soon after last year's devastating Rim Fire broke out near Yosemite Nati...

Columbia Gorge Fire Threatens Town

Firefighters told residents of 70 homes in the Columbia Gorge community of Rowena to evacuate on Wednesday. Another 1...

One Dead in Large Sweden Wildfire

One man appears to have died in Sweden's largest forest fire in more than 40 years, authorities said Tuesday, as a he...

NVFC to Offer Free Wildland Fire Assessment Program Training Course

Register today to participate in the Wildland Fire Assessment Program FREE training that’s taking place in conjunctio...

Cooler Weather Slows Siskiyou Mountains Fire

The spread of a major wildfire in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border has slowed as temperature...

Oregon Gulch Fire Expands and Destroys Three Homes

People who live along Highway 66 near Ashland should be ready to evacuate because of a wildfire, the Jackson County S...

Eastern Shasta County Wildfire Grows to 5,500 acres

The Eiler Fire, sparked by lightning, has grown to 5,500 acres and crossed Highway 89 near Hat Creek.

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Featured Firefighting Articles


Risk Management: It's Not Just a Catchphrase

Jennifer Chadwick-How can firefighters combat the dangers they face in the modern fire environment? Learning to use risk management as the life-saving tool that it is can help keep firefighters alive. It is a dynamic process that involves identifying potential hazards/risks, implementing a plan, and constantly monitoring conditions to change the plan as needed.


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.


Interview: Napa (CA) Battalion Chief on Earthquake Response

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talked to Napa (CA) Battalion Chief Jarrett Anderson about the earthquake that struck the area early on August 24, 2014.

Industrial Firefighting

Larson Electronics releases a Class 1 Division 1 Five Color Explosion Proof Stack Light with Horns

Larson Electronics has added to its extensive range of industrial grade lighting equipment with the release of a five color explosion proof LED stack light equipped with two Class 1 Division 1 explosion proof horns. 


RIT Operations: Short Ladder for Firefighter Removal

Salem (VA) Fire-EMS Lieutenant C. "Mike" Elston offers this Traditions Training drill which uses a short ladder as an alternative to a stokes basket.

Structural Firefighting

Texas Firefighters Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals

Fort Worth fire authorities say 20 firefighters were exposed to hazardous chemicals at a commercial structure fire

Wildland Firefighting

Hawaii Fire Caused by Kids Burns Hundreds of Acres

Firefighters battling a Hawaii wildfire caused by young boys playing with a lighter are using helicopters and clearing terrain to attack the 1¼-square mile fire.


California Quake Spurs Major Fires

A substantial earthquake in Northern California caused several major fires and injuries, including about 90 injuries in Napa alone.



Intelligent Response Structures, Part 1

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