The Kentucky Division of Forestry is using noses and paws to catch arsonists during the fall wildfire season, which starts tomorrow, Oct. 1, and runs through Dec. 15. Bloodhounds trained to investigate arson cases will be available for a second year through a partnership with the Bell County Forestry Camp.
The Division of Forestry will also partner with the Kentucky State Police, using KSP arson investigators to assist in investigation, interviewing and arrest of arsonists.
Fire experts are discussing new ways to improve a statewide strategy to fighting wildfires. One idea is better utilizing firefighting resources, regardless of jurisdiction. Bob Roper is the Nevada State Forester. He says there are many ways to mitigate wildfires.
"What are the root causes? What are the things we can work on together, thinking it doesn't matter who gets the credit for it," Roper said. "Let's deal with the wildland fire problem."
The 2015 NASF Annual report highlights the theme Adapting to Change, which is as relevant in the natural world as it is in the worlds of agencies and associations. Like forests, the policy, communications and partnership environments in which NASF operates are dynamic ecosystems. Issues and the people behind them are constantly changing.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is sending a 20 person fire crew to help fight wildfires on Montana.
According to a DEEP news release, the firefighters are leaving Thursday from the DEEP Eastern District Headquarters in Malborough. In Montana the 7 certified and trained DEEP staff members and 13 local firefighters, will assist the U.S. Forest Service in fighting wildfires.
Can the cypress tree help Europeans built natural buffers from fire?
Spanish and Italian researchers believe that the cypress tree might be as close to fireproof as a tree can get. In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Management, they discuss the tree’s remarkable resilience and argue for its use as a natural buffer that could prevent the spread of wildfires.
The group of wildfires burning in central Washington is now the largest in state history, a fire official said Monday.
The so-called Okanogan Complex of five wildfires now covers 256,567 acres, KREM-TV reported. Rick Isaacson, a spokesman for crews battling the blazes statewide, said the complex measured just over 400 square miles, slightly more than the 2014 Carlton fires. The fires grew by more than 26 square miles on Sunday and were expected to spread even more in coming days.
Isaacson said the fires could burn for several more months.
NASF Wildland Fire Expert Addresses Current Fire Situation
WASHINGTON—As the western United States continues to experience significant wildland fire activity, state forestry agencies are working around-the-clock with their partners in fire suppression. State Foresters—the directors of state forestry agencies—allocate resources, ensure public information and safety, and provide technical expertise and personnel needed to fight fires safely and effectively.
Wildland firefighters don’t care to be called “smoke eaters” anymore, but smoke is what’s on their menu.
And it’s on the minds of Joe Domitrovich and Joe Sol at the U.S. Forest Service’s Technology and Development Center in Missoula, where they’re studying just how much smoke a firefighter can eat – or breathe – before health issues start to hurt performance.
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