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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

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.

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.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

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.

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...

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Featured Firefighting Articles

SURVIVAL ZONE

Atrus Inc Adds Four New Locations to Aed Link Services

Developers of the AED Link system, Atrus, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of four new EMS systems for AED Link.

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

Fire Photographer Spotlight: Ron Jeffers

Fire photographers have been documenting firefighters in all corners of the country. Among those operating in North Jersey is Ron Jeffers, who has been contributing covers and photos to Fire Engineering for almost 40 years.

Industrial Firefighting

AIHA Urges White House and Federal Agencies to Provide Adequate Protections to Healthcare Workers for Ebola Concerns

As cases of Ebola begin to emerge in the United States, the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is urging the President and federal agencies to help the healthcare community emphasize personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety precautions for healthcare workers. 

RIT

Firefighter Staffing Shortage in Minneapolis May Violate Laws

Short-staffed Minneapolis (MN) fire crews may violate the federal "two in/two out" rule, according to a new report.

Structural Firefighting

FE Talk: Engine Company Operations

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talks to Mike Dugan, Bill Gustin, and several of Bill's guests about engine company operations. Hear what Jason Hoevelmann, Dan Shaw, Daryl Liggins, and Clark Lampling have to say about hoseline advancement, standpipe operations, and more.

Wildland Firefighting

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 announce two more recipients in the 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway.

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.