The federal government’s firefighters are exploring the use of small remote-controlled drones with infrared cameras that could map a fire’s size and speed, and identify hot spots, a particular danger. The drones would supplement and perhaps replace manned surveillance aircraft, potentially reducing the risk to both pilots and firefighters.
A wildfire that began Tuesday afternoon in Wisconsin consumed 8,131 acres, destroyed 17 homes and forced dozens of people to evacuate before firefighters contained it late Wednesday evening. The fire was one of the worst to strike northern Wisconsin in three decades.
Last week Colorado residents participants were part of a pilot program called Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service. Hundreds of volunteers pitched in to work with a variety of organizations and governmental agencies on
Which mulch is the right mulch? Research on mulch and fire can help you decide. There are many choices to use to beautify your landscaping. There are wood chips, pine bark, pine needles, shredded rubber and more. But which one is the safest?
The weather is turning warmer and many people are venturing outside to enjoy the great outdoors. Now is the perfect time to remind campers, home improvement do-it-yourselfers and outdoor recreationists how important it is to be safe with fire.
Last week, officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said in their first 2013 summer fire outlook that a dry winter and expected warming trend mean the potential for significant fire activity will be above normal on the West Coast, in the Southwest and portions of Idaho and Montana.
As many Western states approach the beginning of wildfire season and the South continues their battle with wildland fires, many states are sponsoring wildland fire prevention events and weeks.
NASF has been working to update our fire prevention educational materials in an effort to provide more complete resources for outreach purposes. Visit the NASF Educational Materials Store to find clearance items, updated pamphlets and new Smokey Bear designs.
The Forest Service has just released updated sheets for the Spark Arrester guides. A must have any and all outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the updated sheets have the most current information on available spark arrestors.
The sheets will be posted on a quarterly basis, with the next update coming around July.
This week, more than a dozen Members of the House and Senate sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting an update on plans to transfer surplus military aircraft to the Forest Service to fight wildfires.
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