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.



Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.

Drone Causes Problems at California Wildfire

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

Correction: California Wildfires story

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — In a story July 27 about California Wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the type of aircraft assisting firefighters battling a wildfire outside Yosemite National Park. They were fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters, not fixed-wing helicopters.

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.

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.

Wildland Firefighting Articles

Fire Threatens Homes Near Grants Pass (OR)

Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 mil...

Missing Montana Firefighter Recovering at Hospital

A Bitterroot National Forest firefighter who was missing for about 24 hours is recovering at a Hamilton hospital whil...

Missing Montana Wildland Firefighter Found

The search for a wildland firefighter who has been missing since Sunday has come to a happy end.

Wildland Firefighter Missing at Montana Fire

A wildland firefighter has gone missing while operating at a wildfire in Montana, according to a report.

OR, WA Firefighters Making Progress as Dry Weather Approaches

Firefighters in the Northwest have made progress, with no new starts in the past 24 hours. But warmer, drier weather ...

Alkali Fire Grows to 20,000 Acres

The Alkali Fire in northwestern Colorado grew to 20,000 acres overnight amid 90-degree heat and erratic winds.

CO Wildfire Grows to 8,000 Acres

The Alkali Fire was first reported on private land 14 miles north of Maybell in Moffat County.

Wildfire Update: Rain Aids Efforts, Lightning Sparks New Fires

Rain and hail fell Wednesday on the largest wildfire in the state's history, but it wasn't enough to extinguish the f...

Oregon Firefighters Battle New Lightning Fires

Lightning rolled through much of eastern Oregon on Tuesday, leaving in its wake several dozen reports of new wildfire...

Small Washington Town Reeling by Carlton Complex Fire

The Carlton Complex fire will probably go down as the biggest conflagration in Washington state history, torching abo...

Video: WA's Watermelon Hill Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

The fire has been reduced to 10,518 acres.

Anaconda Fire Burns More Than 1,000 Acres

Several families are back in their homes today after a wildfire in Tooele County (UT) prompted evacuations.

Firefighters Escape Close Call in Wind-Driven Fire

Five members of the Boise (ID) Fire Department narrowly avoid being buried in a structural collapse.

OR Firefighters Expect New Lightning Storms

Forecasts call for lightning across north-central Oregon into the northeastern corner of the state, where most of the...

ID Wildfire Now 60 Percent Contained

The Pittsburg Fire, burning within the Hells Canyon National Recreation area, is now at 60 percent containment.

Carlton Complex Fire Now 16 Percent Contained

Crews fighting the Carlton Complex fire in north central Washington are beginning to make progress on that fire.

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

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Featured Firefighting Articles


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.


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.


DICERS-VO: Protecting the Egress

Ray McCormack on how applying the DICERS-VO model allows you to protect your egress point on the fireground.

Industrial Firefighting

Kimtek's MEDLITE Transport a Perfect Fit for 2014 Yamaha Viking

In its new lineup of larger side-by-side utility vehicles, Yamaha Motor Corporation has introduced the 2014 Yamaha Viking, a new UTV model that readily accommodates the Kimtek MEDLITE Transport skid units.


Firefighters Escape Close Call in Wind-Driven Fire

Five members of the Boise (ID) Fire Department narrowly avoid being buried in a structural collapse.

Structural Firefighting

Firefighters Respond to Palisades Park (NJ) Structure Fire

Smoke alarms did their job when Palisades Park (NJ) volunteer firefighters were toned out to an alarm activation in a Bergen Boulevard two-story commercial building shortly after 6 a.m. on July 23.

Wildland Firefighting

Fire Threatens Homes Near Grants Pass (OR)

Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass.


NTSB: New Jersey Train Derailment and Hazardous Material Release Caused by Lack of Crew Training to Identify Locked Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined today the probable cause of a derailment at Paulsboro Bridge in New Jersey, which resulted in a hazardous material release.


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.