The Rim Fire In California

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 […]
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 […]

Fire Crews Get A Handle On Rim Fire

The Rim Fire, which has burned about 370 square miles of land, is 80 percent contained. As crews continue to make progress on this beast, officials have begun to scale back on the number of firefighters battling the blaze. At […]
Forest Service: Rim Fire Caused By Hunter Setting Illegal Fire

Forest Service: Rim Fire Caused By Hunter Setting Illegal Fire

The Silver State Interagency Hotshot firing team conducts burnout operations on the Rim Fire earlier this week. (U.S. Forest Service photo by Mike McMillan) The U.S. Forest Service has determined that the Rim Fire was caused when a hunter in […]
With Wildfires On The Wane, Forest Service Ends MAFFS Activation … For Now

With Wildfires On The Wane, Forest Service Ends MAFFS Activation … For Now

A C-130 MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) drops retardant on the Mountain Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, Calif., in July. (U.S. Forest Service photo) BOISE, Idaho // Sept. 5, 2013 — From A U.S. Northern Command News […]
Forest Service Firefighter Missing In New Mexico Mountains

Forest Service Firefighter Missing In New Mexico Mountains

The U.S. Forest Service, local law enforcement, a National Guard helicopter and hundreds of emergency personnel are searching the rugged terrain of the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico searching for a 41-year-old firefighter who has been missing since August […]
Crews Continue to Make Progress on Rim Fire

Crews Continue to Make Progress on Rim Fire

Engine crews hose down a hotspot near the Crane Flat Lookout in Yosemite National Park. (U.S. Forest Service photo by Mike McMillan) It’s a step in the right direction. The Rim Fire grew only minimally Tuesday night, with the acreage […]