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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

Wildfires bring destruction to central Washington

A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington state destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle.

Howling winds push massive Washington fire

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Howling winds pushed a massive wildfire in north-central Washington in new directions Saturday.

Up to 100 homes lost in Washington state fire

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — A sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in the northwestern state of Washington.

Massive wildfire burns homes, leads to evacuations

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A large, wind-whipped wildfire in rural north-central Washington destroyed an estimated 100 homes, forced the evacuation of a small town and cut power to most of the scenic Methow Valley.

Hundreds of homes threatened by US wildfire

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — A wind-fueled wildfire chased people from nearly 900 homes in Washington state as it burned through a landscape reminiscent of the Alps.

Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Residents of hundreds of homes were urged to evacuate Wednesday as a wind-driven central Washington wildfire raced through heavy timber, sending up a towering column of smoke.

Oregon wildfire destroys homes, forces evacuations

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon has destroyed homes and forced dozens of evacuations.

Man accused of starting California wildfire

REDDING, California (AP) — Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot.

Man accused of starting N. California wildfire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot.

Obama seeks $615 million to fight wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $615 million to help fight wildfires as the summer season is already prompting blazes across western states.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

Okanogan County Fire Largest in Washington History

Even as one of Washington's wildfires became the largest in state history Monday -- burning an area 4.5 tim...

Former WA State Trooper First Casualty of Wildfires

Rob Koczewski, 67, a former Washington State trooper, died of a heart attack while hosing down hot spots near his Oka...

OR, WA Wildfire Update: A Million Acres Burned

Health officials in Washington and Idaho warned residents that smoke drifting eastward from the Washington wildfires ...

New Fires Burning in Central Washington

Washington Wildfires Destroy about 100 Homes

Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their...

Idaho Firefighters Escape Wildfire; Apparatus Destroyed

Firefighters in Idaho had a near miss when a wildfire overran a Richfield Fire Department apparatus.

Winds Aid Crews Battling Fire in Oregon

Crews trying to save rural dwellings in Southern Oregon got help from a natural force they usually dread when winds t...

NVFC Calls for Resumption of Equipment Transfers to Fight Wildland Fire

In June, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) halted the transfer of excess military vehicles and equipment to state ...

Mills Canyon WA Fire Burns 18000 Acres

One central Washington wildfire has burned across 28 square miles in just two days while another has broken...

Lake Spokane (WA) Fire Threatening 58 Homes

New Disney Movie Incorporates Wildland Firefighting

A new Disney feature film being released later this month uses wildland firefighting as its backdrop.

Sheriff's Department: Cocos Fire (CA) Intentionally Set

The Cocos Fire that scorched nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed close to 40 homes in San Marcos, was intentionally set,...

Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban ...

Monticello Fire Burns 6,400 Acres

A Look Back at the Deadly South Canyon Fire

Firefighters Race to Save Homes Near Lake Berryessa (CA)

Firefighters held back a fast-moving blaze that marched to the edge of a rural Northern California neighborhood on Sa...

Evacuation Orders Lifted in Napa Fire

Firefighters gained the upper hand Thursday on a huge fire burning in Napa and Lake counties, allowing many residents...

San Jose Firefighters Stretched Thin Fighting Fires

Firefighters were battling a wildland fire Monday evening that burned dozens of acres and sent a plume of smoke in So...

Father of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes to Create Better Fire Shelters

Firefighter Travis Turbyfill was killed one year ago by a wildfire after he and fellow members of the elite Granite M...

Diego Fire NM Grows to 1,000 Acres

The Diego Fire, burning in the Jemez Mountains southeast of Coyote, grew to an estimated 1,000 acres Monday, but no s...

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Featured Firefighting Articles

SURVIVAL ZONE

Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scaling technology, and a tool for increasing situational awareness over expansive fire scenes, such as in wildland firefighting.

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

Challenges to Implementing PPA: Q&A

American Fork (UT) Fire & Rescue Chief Kriss Garcia recently conducted a Webcast entitled "Challenges to Implementing PPA." Here are his responses to some questions asked during the presentation.

Industrial Firefighting

Larson Electronics

Larson Electronics Releases 300 Watt LED Security Spotlight Tower on Heavy Duty Aluminum Frame

With over 40 years as a leader in the industrial and commercial lighting industry Larson Electronics continues its commitment to providing high-grade lighting equipment to specialty markets with the release of a 300 watt LED security spotlight tower.

RIT

RIT Operations: Making the Stairs

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Department Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Tradidions Training drill which focuses on the sublevel removal of a downed firefighter.

Wildland Firefighting

Okanogan County Fire Largest in Washington History

Even as one of Washington's wildfires became the largest in state history Monday -- burning an area 4.5 times the size of Seattle --  fire crews and aid workers are bracing for the possibility that lightning could trigger a new round of fires by midweek.

HAZMAT

Fire Crews Battle 2-Alarm Lancaster (PA) Fire

Fire Crews Battle 2-Alarm Lancaster (PA) Fire

An electrical fire heavily damaged a building Monday evening at High Steel Structures Inc. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

PREINCIDENT INTELLIGENCE

Responsibility and Response Ability, Part 2

If a fire department does not know its responsibilities, the effectiveness of its response ability will be hampered, and responder safety will be compromised, writes Eric G. Bachman.