Wildland Firefighting

Five Years Later, Firefighters Reflect on Deadly Esperanza Fire

Five years ago today, five firefighters were killed in the deadly Esperanza Fire, a devastating wildland fire that scorched more that 40,000 acres in California.

NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program Hosts FREE Wildfire Safety Webinar

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program will host a free webinar on Firewise principles and wildfire safety on Tuesday, November 8 at 1 p.m. EST.

US Forest Service Fire Director Cites Cooperation With Texas In Recent Wildfires

Tom Harbour, director of the U.S. Forest Service’s fire and aviation management efforts, today reiterated his agency’s commitment to a cooperative working relationship with the Texas Forest Service.

NFPA’s Firewise Program Participates in Congressional Briefing

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program together with representatives from other organizations brought wildfire safety messages to a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, October 11.

Wildland Urban Interface: Ensuring the “Defensibility” of Defensible Space

Defensible space, the area around a structure in which fuels have been modified to increase the likelihood that the structure will survive a wildland fire front, has evolved through many definition revisions.

Wildfires Occur in Small Towns, Too: Are You Ready?

Every year we watch in awe as hundreds and thousands of acres of the Intermountain West and the West Coast; timbered hillsides; brush-covered slopes; and, unfortunately, home after home are gobbled up by flamefronts of fire pushed by strong easterly winds.

Fire Crews Battle Wildfire in CA Mountains

A wildfire broke out at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday evening in the San Jacinto mountains along Highway 111 in Palm Springs, California, according to reports.

MU Researchers to Study Dangerous, Deadly Weather Phenomenon

University of Missouri researchers will collaborate with the A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in a 3 million Russian ruble (about $104,000) project to understand and predict blocking patterns.

Oklahoma Wildfire Preparedness News Conference Set for Sept. 22

A news conference will be held on Thursday, September 22 in the Oklahoma State Capitol Building to announce an initiative to provide Oklahomans with information how to best prepare for and respond to impending wildfires in the state.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Period Extended to September 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period will be extended for one additional week.