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.



Study: Huge wildfire supports need for controlled burns

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years — a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires.

California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Californians cleaned up Saturday from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.

Rain falls for a second day on parched California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A storm that saturated California for a second day Wednesday was just what the dry state needed, adding water to depleted reservoirs, quenching crops and even awakening picturesque waterfalls.

Feds eye ways to avoid sage grouse listing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A listing of sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act can be avoided, the directors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management say.

Idaho conference seeks solutions for sage grouse

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some of the nation's top public lands officials and rangeland scientists have gathered in Boise to try to figure out what can be done to avoid a listing of the sage grouse on the federal Endangered Species Act.

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.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

Year-End Spending Bill Funds All Federal Agencies Except DHS Through Fiscal Year 2015

Legislation funding most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year was passed on December 13. The ...

NFPA Appoints Michele Steinberg New Manager of Wildland Fire Operations Division

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Michele Steinberg manager of its Wildland Fire Operations D...

Pierce Places Four Impel PUC Pumpers into Service with Scottsdale (AZ) Fire Department

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, recently placed four Pierce Impel pumpers on duty wi...

KIMTEK Unveils FIRELITE Ultra High Pressure Skid for Pickup Trucks

The new FIRELITE Transport FTUHP-400 series Ultra High Pressure (UHP) skid unit from KIMTEK Corporation features the ...

Company/Association News

Company/Association News from around the fire service industry.

NFPA's New Children Videos Highlight Family Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Three new children's videos, focusing on the importance of wildfire safety, have been released by the National Fire P...

Tailboard Talk: Connecting the Dots

Always remember, every one of us is a student and a teacher. As teachers, we must teach all those around us the why, ...

New Video Clips from Yarnell Hill Fire Released

New video clips have been released from the devastating 2013 Yarnell Hill (AZ) Fire that killed 19 wildland firefight...

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...

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