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Wildfire safety tips available

Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk.  But by working together, residents can make their own property—and their neighborhood—much safer from wildfires.

Download NFPA’a tip sheet for action steps you can take around your home.

Australia experiencing another devastating fire season

Wildfires claimed one life and destroyed at least 100 homes near Sydney, Australia biggest city, after forced thousands to evacuate their homes and authorities warned on Friday more homes could be lost as fires burned out of control.

NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher said the loss of just 100 homes could be considered “lucky” given magnitude of the threat posed by the fires.  With dry and massive land area, Australia is particularly prone to brushfires.

California logging industry sets sights on burned trees

The Rim Fire that charred a quarter-million acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park over the summer left an estimated one billion board feet of salvageable dead trees. The logging industry and its supporters are racing to get it, saying such work would provide jobs in the economically downtrodden region.

Fire transfer included in debt/shutdown deal

The legislation signed into law early Thursday didn't just end the 16-day-old partial government shutdown, it also paid back $636 million in fire transfer funds moved from other accounts to battle wildfires in the 2012-2013 season.

2013 NASF Approved Resolutions Summary

A summary of the policy position resolutions approved by the NASF members at the 2013 NASF Annual Meeting in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Forest Service tanker fleet needs update

The Forest Service fleet, which drops retardant to give firefighters on the ground crucial time to put out raging wildfires, is too old, industry and government officials say.  Critics contend that the fleet is no longer capable of doing all it should to contain fires.  Critics also say the planes are dangerous.  Since 2001, tanker crashes have killed 22 aviators.

Yarnell Hill Fire report released

The Yarnell Hill Fire Serious Accident Investigation Report was released on Saturday, September 28, by the Arizona State Forestry Division.  The report investigated the the situation faced by a team of expert firefighters who were overrun by a massive wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., while trying to make it safe zone after an unpredictable desert thunderstorm turned the fire into their path earlier this year. 

Federal Wildland Fire Funding Resolution

Attached is the Federal Wildland Fire Funding Resolution that was approved at the 2013 NASF Annual Meeting.

Predicting wildfire ignitions

State, federal, and tribal land management agencies along with representatives from the law enforcement community have gotten together and published “Wildfire Ignitions: A Review of the Science and Recommendations for Empirical Modeling, a general technical report based on original work done for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. 

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Fostering fire adapted communities has become a major focus of federal wildland fire and disaster management, and it is one of three primary goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.  The tools that are being promoted through the Fire Adapted Communities program have all been shown to be effective.

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