Newspaper Front Pages for Granite Mountain Hot Shots

Newspaper Front Pages for Granite Mountain Hot Shots

A look at Monday morning’s sad news on Arizona newspaper front pages for the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The Arizona Republic captured the essence of the news with a single-word headline: “Tragedy.” The Arizona Daily Star was more straightforward in […]
Granite Mountain Hot Shots Killed in Yarnell Fire

Granite Mountain Hot Shots Killed in Yarnell Fire

Nineteen members of the Prescott (Ariz.) Granite Mountain Hot Shots were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night, the worst wildland firefighting accident in 80 years. As of this report, it’s unclear how exactly the firefighters died in […]
Let fires burn, or fight them all?

Let fires burn, or fight them all?

The start of this already ferocious 2013 fire season has ignited ongoing the debate on wildland fire policy. Are wildfires a natural process that contribute to the health of our forests and should we let fires burn? Or should we […]
Silver Fire in New Mexico

Silver Fire in New Mexico

(Image courtesy of the Gila National Forest) The Silver Fire in New Mexico, which has grown to 85,000 acres and 127 square miles in size just west of Kingston, has proven difficult to fight and is beginning to take its […]

Stretch it out: Firefighter flexibility

Back, shoulder, knee and ankle injuries – some of the most prevalent injuries among wildland firefighters – can often be avoided with thorough stretching.  A solid stretching routine can also help loosen stiff joints and build greater flexibility. Increased flexibility […]
West Fork Complex fire videos

West Fork Complex fire videos

A view from Mineral County, Colorado, of the West Fork Complex fire. (Photo by Knasen) In today’s update we showcase some of the better West Fork Complex fire videos. The stats on the West Fork Complex fire in Colorado: 78,300 […]
Colorado wildfire expected to burn for months

Colorado wildfire expected to burn for months

Photo Credit: The West Fork Complex Fire is visible from the Old Spanish Trail. (U.S. Forest Service photo by Christie Wiley) The huge and rapidly spreading West Fork Complex fire in Southwest Colorado, which has already claimed 76,000 acres (or […]
The State of the 2013 Fire Season: Uncertain, and It Has Only Begun

The State of the 2013 Fire Season: Uncertain, and It Has Only Begun

The 2013 Fire Season: Climate change. Aging tanker fleets. Sequestration. Layoffs. Fewer firefighter hires. Less equipment. Millions cut from fire preparedness funds. A tug of war over fire management policy. Dire predictions of uncontrolled wildfires. Welcome to the most uncertain […]
Black Forest fire already worst in Colorado history

Black Forest fire already worst in Colorado history

The Black Forest fire is already the worst in Colorado history. And it’s heartbreaking to see Colorado Springs taking the brunt of a major fire for a second straight year. Less than a year after the destructive Waldo Canyon fire, […]
Hathaway fire quickly spreads

Hathaway fire quickly spreads

Almost 2,000 acres have burned in the Hathaway Fire, which has been burning on the northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Winds are expected to be as high as 25 mph, meaning that the […]