Budget Cuts Mean Fewer Firefighters

Budget Cuts Mean Fewer Firefighters

The U.S. is heading into a tough wildfire season made even more challenging because budget cuts mean fewer firefighters to battle blazes, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday afternoon after spending the past two days touring the National Interagency Fire […]
The Evolution of Protective Apparel: Fire Pants

The Evolution of Protective Apparel: Fire Pants

A guest post by Ryan Davidson The landscape of wildland fire is changing. New environmental factors ranging from climate change to the sprawl of wildland-urban interface communities have worked together to create new challenges for today’s wildland firefighters. More in-depth […]

A Day in the Life: Shannon Prather

What’s it like to be a wildland firefighter? Meet Shannon Prather. Shannon is a wildland firefighter at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California. Not only does he tell us about the time his engine crew held a line with minimal […]
Wildfire Roundup, April 8

Wildfire Roundup, April 8

The wildland firefighting season is beginning to heat up in areas beyond the typical spring hotspot of Florida. A roundup of the weekend’s wildfire news (to view the stories, click on the links below): Wildfires break out in three New […]
Still Dry, Eye Wildfires Through July

Still Dry, Eye Wildfires Through July

The predictions continue. Drought and “significant” fire potential for the next three months. Much of Florida, the Southwestern U.S., and the Rocky Mountain region will remain in persistent or intensifying drought conditions through July, according to the National Significant Wildland […]
Wildfire Roundup, April 1

Wildfire Roundup, April 1

Check out the links below for this weekend’s wildland fire news: U.S. wildfires More wildfires, fewer firefighters on the horizon Firefighters contain three wildfires in Utah county Wildfires flare in St. Lucie County Arson suspected in Alabama wildfires 1,100 acres […]
Fire adapted communities: Lessons learned from Colorado Springs

Fire adapted communities: Lessons learned from Colorado Springs

On June 23, 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire rapidly approached Colorado Springs, a city located about 65 miles south of Denver. Storm winds moved the fire at 2 miles per hour and houses were the primary fuel. With almost 35,360 […]
Time for Controlled Burns

Time for Controlled Burns

You’ve heard the dire warnings all winter, and the time is now for getting ahead of what is expected to be a dangerous and active fire season. Crews in expected hotspots nationwide are beginning their controlled burns (or prescribed burns) […]

Before Wildfire Strikes

New Red Card Requirements

New Red Card Requirements

Both permanent wildland firefighters and emergency firefighters are now required by  to complete the IS-700 course (Intro to the National Incident Management System) to obtain their 2013 Red Cards. EFF firefighters are encouraged to IS-700 online and take the certificate […]