Wildland Firefighting

U.S. Officials Approve Long-Lasting Fire Retardant for Wildland Firefighting

Fawn Fire at Shasta

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Tuesday approved a long-lasting fire retardant that could significantly aid in fighting increasingly destructive wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service approved Perimeter Solutions’ fire retardant that’s intended to be ...

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WATERAX: Supporting What We Believe In

WATERAX wildland storytelling

This is WATERAX’s third year sponsoring the Wildland Fire Digital Storytelling Micro-Grant, part of the Smokey Generation Wildland Fire Oral History Project.  The grants are awarded to deserving writers and creative people, many with frontline experience in wildland firefighting, all passionate about ...

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ALERTWildfire Thermal Cameras Show Caldor Fire Spotting into Tahoe Basin

Thermal imaging at Caldor Fire

University of Nevada, Reno and DigitalPath technicians deploy latest technology onto mountaintop camera platform One of the two thermal cameras in place for the Caldor Fire shows active flames heading into the Lake Tahoe Basin with a dozen or more ...

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NIST’s Emberometer Could Gauge Threat of Wildfire-Spreading Embers

As wildfire fronts advance through landscapes or communities on the ground, they also attack from above, launching volleys of glowing embers into the air. Also known as firebrands, these specks of burning debris can glide for up to 40 kilometers (approximately 24 ...

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Lightweight Respirator on the Way for Wildland Firefighters

Wildland firefighters on fire line

Source: USFA Wildland firefighters are exposed to many of the same naturally occurring respiratory hazards as structural firefighters. They are also exposed to many of the same man-made respiratory hazards, especially when fighting fires in or near the wildland urban ...

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Dangerous Conditions Complicate Wildfire Fight in Western U.S.

Fire cloud

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Erratic winds and dry lightning added to the dangers for crews battling the nation’s largest wildfire on Monday in parched Oregon forests, just one of dozens burning across several Western states. The destructive Bootleg Fire, one ...

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Fuel Shortage Could Ground Firefighting Aircraft

Aircraft makes drop on wildland fire

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Airport officials facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they’ll have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants during what could be a ferocious wildfire season, potentially endangering surrounding communities. ...

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U.S. Seeks Ways to Recruit, Retain Wildland Firefighters

WIldland firefighters

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. wildfire managers are considering shifting from seasonal to full-time firefighting crews to deal with what has become a year-round wildfire season and making the jobs more attractive by increasing pay ...

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Photos: California Pacific Palisades Wildfire

Wildfire burns near Topanga State Park     LOS ANGELES (AP) — An arson suspect was arrested in connection with a Los Angeles wildfire that forced evacuations in canyons where thick vegetation hasn’t burned in more than 60 years, authorities ...

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