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Community destruction during extreme wildfires is a home ignition problem

US Forest Service photoBy Jack Cohen and Dave StrohmaierWe must abandon our expectation that we can suppress 100% of wildfires and reject the false narrative that community protection requires wildfire control. Community wildfire disasters have only occurred during extreme conditions…

Growing up in a National Park Service family

I recently became aware of an article that appeared in the Spring, 1998 edition of “Ranger”, a publication of the Association of National Park Rangers. It was written by Jennifer Blake, the daughter of Bill Blake who when he retired…

Rappeller training in Idaho modified for COVID-19

Rappel training in Salmon, ID. USFS photo. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service CURRENT HEALTH GUIDELINES TO BE IMPLEMENTED AT FIREFIGHTER ACADEMIES As the fire season approaches, annual firefighter and rappel training conducted in May and June on the Salmon-Challis…

The future of wildfire: a year-round challenge requires a year-round workforce

A firefighter monitors a prescribed fire in Nevada. The Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021 calls for a $50 million increase to hire more firefighters, converting many temporary seasonal positions into career seasonal or full-time permanents. (Photo courtesy BLM Nevada)BY…

Integrating air and ground operations for prompt initial attack on wildfires

A firefighter talks to the pilot of a helicopter as he drops retardant on the Rice Ridge Fire in Montana August 16, 2017. USFS photo by Kari Greer. Guest Author: Bean Barrett This is a military viewpoint. I am not…

Opinion: Staffed lookout towers are an effective tool for firefighters

By Michael Guerin Even in our technologically advanced age, most reports of fires are called in by observant folks, often using cellphones. The ubiquity of these devices means an increased ability to detect wildfire more quickly. But a fair portion…

H. R. 3781 if passed will increase fire suppression contractor costs

Large commercial vehicles supporting wildfire suppression could see a significant increase in insurance premiums The post H. R. 3781 if passed will increase fire suppression contractor costs appeared first on Wildfire Today.

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