Silver Fire In California 75 Percent Contained

This morning’s update on the Silver Fire brings good news. Although the fire has spread to 19,436 acres, crews have made excellent progress over the weekend to gain 75 percent containment. Evacuation orders are being lifted in more towns, and […]
It’s Getting Worse In the West: NIFC Raises Wildfire Preparedness to Level 4

It’s Getting Worse In the West: NIFC Raises Wildfire Preparedness to Level 4

The Silver Fire as seen from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Wednesday. The tramway climbs to a height of 8,500 feet through Chino Canyon. (Photo by Raymond Shobe) It’s getting worse in the West. The National Multi-agency Coordinating Group […]
Endurance: Row Your Way to Fire Fit

Endurance: Row Your Way to Fire Fit

Want to be the toughest wildland firefighter on the fireline? Then it’s time to to develop your endurance and stamina.  Hop on a rowing machine (also called an ergometer) you’ll be ready for even the most unforgiving of terrains. Why […]
Gusty Winds Continue to Fuel Silver Fire

Gusty Winds Continue to Fuel Silver Fire

The photo above was posted to Twitter by Palm Desert golf professional Ben Cockrill (you can follow him at @BenCockrill). The Silver Fire continued its strong burn overnight, fueled by gusty westerly winds whipping around the San Jacinto Mountains in […]

Four Large Fires Break Out In Pacific Northwest

Lightning storms in Oregon and Washington sparked 75 of new wildfires — and the storms are not expected to stop. Jeree Mills, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, said Friday could be a very busy day for initial attack crews […]

Silver Fire Forces More Evacuations

The Silver Fire,  just outside of Banning, Calif., has burned through 10,000 acres of land and is at just 10 percent containment. Although the 1000 wildland firefighters battling the blaze have made some progress, nearby residents have been forced to […]

Wildland Firefighter Benefits: Evaluating Your Options

By Tracy Schlater I see Facebook posts almost daily remembering, honoring and celebrating the Granite Mountain Hotshots. But recently, a different sort of post caught my attention. It explained that the wife of Andrew Ashcraft, one of the seasonal workers […]
Fast-Growing Silver Fire Hits California

Fast-Growing Silver Fire Hits California

Photo of the Silver Fire posted on Twitter by user @Near_Chaos A fast-moving brush fire exploded Wednesday afternoon in Riverside County, Calif., quickly growing to 5,000 acres in about four hours and forcing dozens of families from their homes in […]

Crews from Northeast Sent to Lodgepole Fire

Wildland firefighters are making progress with the Lodgepole Fire, which has scorched more than 20,000 acres of land. The fire is burning just outside of Challis, Idaho, and it is 40 percent contained. Crews from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland […]

Wildland Firefighter Gear: Electrolyte Replacements

The arduous work of a wildland firefighter results in a lot of salty sweat. But during this arduous activity you not only lose water. You also lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are salts — more specifically, positively and negatively charged ions — present […]