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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

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.

California fires burn cabin, threaten homes

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire has been contained after destroying a forest cabin, damaging five other homes and forcing about 50 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, a second blaze threatens hundreds of homes.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

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...

Yosemite Fire Prompts Evacuations

Investigators are trying to determine whether a raging fire near Half Dome that forced rescue workers to airlift 85 p...

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...

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

Modular Concerns: The Dangers of Sunlight Reflected Off Energy-Efficient Windows

Kevin A. Gallagher follows up on his October 2013 article with this update on the dangers of a new type of fire cause.

Industrial Firefighting

Niagra Falls Mill Fire Described as Out of Control

The Niagara Falls Fire Department was called to battle a large fire at Greenpac Mill in Niagara Falls on Saturday.

RIT

RIT Rescues Firefighter in West Hollywood (CA) Fire

A firefighter was rescued by the rapid intervention team after getting into trouble on the fireground during a fire yesterday in West Hollywood, California.

Structural Firefighting

Firefighters Knock Down Boston High Rise Fire

A high-rise building in downtown Boston was evacuated Monday afternoon after a fire in the walls generated a large amount of smoke inside.

Wildland Firefighting

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 fire fighters and paramedics who died in the line of duty in the past year at the IAFF 28th Annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service in Colorado Springs.

HAZMAT

FEMA Announces Fire Arson & Explosion Investigation Position

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. T

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.