Great Tales of The Smokey Generation

“I either started passing out, or dying…. I thought of my daughters. I was a single dad at that time, raised my daughters. If I started melting, I was going to the edge [of the cliff] and roll off. It […]
Carlton Complex Fires Quickly Becomes Largest In Washington History

Carlton Complex Fires Quickly Becomes Largest In Washington History

The Carlton Complex fire, shown Monday, as taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red. (Credit: Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, […]
Nearly 1 Million Acres In Flames In Washington, Oregon

Nearly 1 Million Acres In Flames In Washington, Oregon

The Washington National Guard is providing air support in fighting the Carlton Complex Fire. (Photo by Washington National Guard SFC Jason Kriess via Flickr) Wildfires have exploded over the weekend in Washington state and Oregon, with the total number of […]
Carlton Complex Fire Explodes In Washington State

Carlton Complex Fire Explodes In Washington State

The Mills Canyon Fire in the Wenatchee National Forest on July 8 from an unknown cause. It has now consumed more than 22,500 acres. (Photo by the U.S. Forest Service via USDA’s Flickr account). Things are going from bad to […]

Fires Challenge Washington State Crews, Residents

Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek fire drifts across the setting sun on July 16. (Photo by Mark Englebrecht via Flickr) Firefighters in Washington State are struggling to gain control over multiple fires, including one that has burned two homes in […]
California, Western U.S. suffering drought conditions

California, Western U.S. suffering drought conditions

One look at the map above suggests a difficult fire season ahead for the Western United States. According to the National Weather Service, the outlook through the end of April sees persistent or intensification of dry conditions in California, the […]
Arizona Forestry Faulted In Granite Mountain Crew Deaths

Arizona Forestry Faulted In Granite Mountain Crew Deaths

One of the last photos taken of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, shown at 4:01 p.m. local time as they watch the Yarnell Hill fire spread. (Industrial Commission of Arizona/Yarnell Hill Fire Information) Inspectors for the Arizona State Occupational Safety […]

Can the Wisdom of the Crowd Make a Better Fire Shelter?

The deaths of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, who perished in their fire shelters during a June 30 burnover near Yarnell, Ariz., were a call to action to begin research and development efforts on the technology for […]

Disney Announces Animated Wildfire Film — Planes: Fire & Rescue

We’ve known for some time that wildland firefighting was just about the coolest job around. And soon it will be ingrained in popular culture and kids’ imaginations everywhere: The Walt Disney Company has announced a sequel to this year’s animated […]
Center for Study of Wildfires, WUI Coming to Colorado State

Center for Study of Wildfires, WUI Coming to Colorado State

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra satellite acquired this view of the Black Forest burn scar on June 21, 2013. Vegetation-covered land is red in the false-color image, which includes both visible and infrared […]