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Friday, July 31, 2015
As the nation struggles to get its wildfire strategy under control, a shift is under way in parts of Washington. Many homeowners see preparing for wildfire as a responsibility less the government’s than their own. Washington state is promoting the prevention ethic in communities by prioritizing them for grants. It’s also...
Friday, July 31, 2015
For most of us jumping into a fire would be the stuff of nightmares. But for Jason Ramos, author of Smokejumper: A Memoir By One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters, it’s a job and way of life. Every summer, when fire season begins, he heads for the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington to do...
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
By Christopher Martin, Connecticut State Forester and Chair of the Forest Science & Health Committee In 2014, wildfires consumed 3,595,613 US acres at a taxpayer cost of $1,522,149,000. Heat, fuel and oxygen make up the basic recipe to a fire start. Combine record breaking heat and historic drought with millions of...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced an expanded partnership designed to better protect America's working lands, predict and prevent natural disasters, and inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering,...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (CS) has moved forward this spring with the formation of the National Strategic Committee (NSC), the establishment of three priorities, one for each of the three CS tenets by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC), and ongoing work by the NSC...
Monday, June 29, 2015
Authorities in Alaska are reporting an unusually high number of wildfires burning simultaneously across the tundra and forests of the state, and an exceptionally large number of homes and buildings have been damaged or threatened by the flames so far this year. Wildfires are a common occurrence in Alaska, but this year's...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Twenty-one Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) firefighters are on their way to Alaska to help fight wildfires. The request came in on Sunday through the Kentucky Inter-agency coordination Center of the Daniel Boone National Forest, which coordinates the mobilization of federal and state resources to areas throughout...
Monday, June 22, 2015
The first major forest fire of the season has hit California, and it has been named the Lake Fire Wildfire. It began June 17, 2015, and has been spreading since then. The stats, as of 8 p.m. Saturday, say that approximately 16,000 acres have been burned with 500 structures threatened. Almost 2,000 personnel are assigned to...
Friday, June 19, 2015
Now at 9,000 acres, the Card Street fire on the Kenai Peninsula has been pegged as the number one fire priority in the nation.The fire continues pushing south and east, into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. More than 800 structures in residential areas are still under threat and 11 have been destroyed. Division of...

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