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Opinion: Congress should do more to protect the country from wildfires

Entering the final month of an intense wildfire season that has set the American West ablaze, with more than 17,000 wildfires across 2.3 million acres, Congress must recognize that its model for wildfire suppression is broken.

Agriculture Sectretary Vilsack on Skyrocketing Wildfire Costs

Over the past 20 years, a changing climate, population growth near forests and rangelands, and the buildup of brush and other fuels have dramatically increased the severity of wildfires and the damage that they cause to our natural lands and communities.

State Forester Jim Karels Recognized by Florida Cabinet

Florida Cabinet Meeting in August 2014Florida State Forester Jim Karels was recognized by the Florida Cabinet this week in appreciation for his leadership during the investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona in 2013.

FY 2013 Communities at Risk Report

The National Association of State Foresters has released the FY 2013 Annual Report on Communities at Risk. 
 
The National Association of State Foresters continually surveys all states to determine progress in identifying communities at risk and developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
 
This report helps provide a national snapshot of wildland fire risk, preparedness and capacity.
 

NASF Applauds Federal Excess Property Resolution

NASF Applauds Federal Excess Property Resolution
Decision is a Relief to State Agencies Which Rely on
Transferred Equipment to Combat Wildfire

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) applauds yesterday’s decision to fully restore transfers under the Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) and the Firefighter Property Program (FFP) for wildland firefighting.

Wildland Fire Center Helps Air Force Reduce Threat from Fire

More than 1,000 wildland fires occur on Air Force lands each year, a threat which has lead to the development of the Wildland Fire Center (WFC).

WFC, part of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, was established July 2012 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The center provides guidance, expertise and oversight required by the Air Force and its installations to manage wildland fire risk and sustain the Air Force mission nationwide.

First Annual Wildfire Mitigation Awards Guidelines and Criteria

NOTE: WE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
 
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are pleased to announce the launch the 2015 Wildfire Mitigation Awards.
 

Learn About How Wildlife Cope with Wildfire

Many animals and other organisms have evolved to cope with—and even thrive in the wake of—the flames.
 
"Wildlife have a long-standing relationship with fire", ecosystem ecologist Mazeika Sullivan of Ohio State University told National Geographic. "Fire is a natural part of these landscapes."
 
For instance, some predators see the fleeing species as an opportunity for snacking. Bears, raccoons, and raptors, for instance, have been seen hunting animals trying to escape the flames. 
 

Bill Kaage Named Chief of National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management

Bill Kaage has been named chief of the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. He succeeds Tom Nichols, who retired on January 31, 2014.

As the Chief, Kaage is responsible for the overall leadership, policy and program direction for the aviation, structural fire, and wildland fire management programs for the National Park Service.

He will administer a budget that exceeds $90 million in fire and aviation funding for the Service.

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