Rim Fire Land Restoration Ahead of Schedule

Rim Fire Land Restoration Ahead of Schedule

Springs in the Rim Fire burned area are flowing, allowing green vegetation to return to the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. (Photo by Lori Jackson) Statement of the Burned Area Emergency Response Team via Inciweb The Rim Fire […]
Report: Number of Homes At Risk of Wildfire Explodes

Report: Number of Homes At Risk of Wildfire Explodes

More homes are being built, more business are being opened, and more people are moving into the wildland-urban interface, and that’s not good news, especially in western states most prone to wildfires. According to a report released on October 10 […]
Prescott Fire Chief Says He Was Ousted From Position

Prescott Fire Chief Says He Was Ousted From Position

In the aftermath of the deaths of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots on June 30, there has been much turmoil and rancor in the city of Prescott, Ariz. First, the issue of survivor benefits to families. Now, […]
Feds Looking to Rate, Predict Wildfire Destructive Capability

Feds Looking to Rate, Predict Wildfire Destructive Capability

You’ve heard of F5 tornadoes and category 4 hurricanes and the Richter Scale for earthquakes. Are you ready for an E4 wildfire? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is proposing a rating to measure the potential intensity and […]
Firefighters Raise Their Voices for Better Pay, Benefits, Fire Budgets

Firefighters Raise Their Voices for Better Pay, Benefits, Fire Budgets

The 2013 fire season has been one of uneasy feelings for wildland firefighters. It was more difficult to get hired, if you were hired at all, onto a wildland firefighting crew, thanks to budget cuts, sequestration and a new, but […]
Burned Area Emergency Response Team Dispatched To Rim Fire

Burned Area Emergency Response Team Dispatched To Rim Fire

Burned trees and ash covered forest floor show the devastation caused by the Rim Fire. (U.S. Forest Service photo by Mike McMillan) The Rim Fire is 80 percent contained, but federal officials have assembled a team of 50 scientists — […]
Are Intense, Hot Wildfires Overtaking the Conventional Wisdom of Fuels Reduction?

Are Intense, Hot Wildfires Overtaking the Conventional Wisdom of Fuels Reduction?

The Elk Complex Fire burns near the Incident Command Post in the Boise National Forest near Pine, Idaho on Aug. 8, 2013 (U.S. Forest Service photo) Hazardous fuels reduction, prescribed burns and other treatments have long been the conventional wisdom […]
NIFC Preparedness Drops To Level 2

NIFC Preparedness Drops To Level 2

The National Interagency Fire Center decreased the National Preparedness Level from a level 3 to a level 2. According to the NIFC website, this decrease signifies that the majority of large fires are contained and initial attack resources are available again. […]
Body of Forest Service Engine Captain Found In New Mexico

Body of Forest Service Engine Captain Found In New Mexico

Token Adams, the 41-year-old U.S. Forest Service engine captain who went missing on August 30 in the mountains of New Mexico, was found dead Friday by search crews. A statement from the Type 1 Incident Team Commander Joe Reinarz was […]

Rim Fire Grows Slightly As Crews Continue To Make Gains

The Del Rosa hot shots and Elk Creek crew battling the Rim Fire. Photo Credit: Mike McMillan, U.S. Forest Service. Wildland firefighters continue to make progress on the Rim Fire. However, fire activity was expected to intensify today as unburned […]