Tag Archives: Wildland Firefighting

Podcast: ‘Life with Fire’ with Amanda Monthei

Life with Fire podcast with Amanda Monthei

When Amanda Monthei was growing up, she actually thought about becoming an archeologist. She always knew she wanted to write, but becoming a wildland firefighter? That was not on her radar until much later.  “I had some girlfriends who’d been ...

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Does Forest Thinning Slow Spread of Catastrophic Wildfires? Fuel Reduction Efforts Spark Division

Dixie Fire in California

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters and numerous studies credit intensive forest thinning projects with helping save communities like those recently threatened near Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, but dissent from some environmental advocacy groups ...

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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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Aluminum Wrap Used to Protect Homes from CA Wildfires

Foil wrap for California wildfires

By SCOTT SONNER Associated Press RENO, Nev. (AP) — Martin Diky said he panicked as a huge wildfire started racing down a slope toward his wooden house near Lake Tahoe. The contractor had enough time to do some quick research ...

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What Are Some Key Decisions in Fighting Wildfires?

Firefighters bathed in the light of the Caldor Fire

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of wildfires ignite in the U.S. each year, and each one requires firefighters to make quick decisions, often in difficult conditions like high winds and lightning. Crews and managers ...

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Officials: Firefighter Dies While Working OR Wildfire

Gales Fire in Oregon

OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) — A firefighter died Monday while battling a wildfire southeast of Eugene, Oregon, officials said. Bryan Cutchen, Oakridge city administrator and acting fire chief, said the death is suspected to have been caused by a tree falling ...

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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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Wildfire Threatens British Columbia Village That Hit 121°F

Sparks Lake fire

LYTTON, British Columbia (AP) — A wildfire amid a record heat wave in western Canada has forced authorities to order residents to evacuate a village in British Columbia that smashed the country’s record for hottest temperature three days in a ...

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