Wildland News

  • June 29, 2016
    For the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS)—a Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) partner and a prominent force behind the effort to create behavioral change—part of behavioral change comes with understanding the term wildland fire. It's typically associated with wildland/urban interface (WUI) areas of moderate to heavy forest ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    The IAFC's Ready, Set, Go! (RSG!) Program successfully continues to help fire departments educate residents about wildland-fire risk and what they can do to potentially reduce property damage and improve personal safety as well as the safety of emergency responders. ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    This summer, the wildland fire community marks the 20-year anniversary of the South Canyon Fire accident and the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire accident. Though separated by 19 years, these accidents are bound together by several tragic commonalities. Both ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    As leaders, we know the importance of recognizing our personnel for a job well done. From a simple thank you to a departmental memo or press release to an actual award or medal, there are a variety of ways to ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    On May 13, the City of Lompoc (Calif.) Fire Department responded to an early morning fire at an eight-unit apartment complex. Upon arrival, firefighters found a well-involved apartment unit with fire threatening to extend to adjacent apartments and the second ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    In 2000, the Colorado Springs Fire Chief Manuel Navarro challenged staff to "never let the public tell me that they didn't know we lived with a wildfire risk." Since then, Colorado Springs has taken an interactive approach to addressing wildland-fire risk ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    In recent years, plane crashes have posed a major threat to the safety of wildland firefighters. This year alone, two crashes claimed the lives of six wildland firefighters. On Nov. 30, the U.S. Senate addressed this important issue by unanimously accepting ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    There’s an old joke that Alaska, the largest state in the United States, was going to divide into three equal parts, thus making Texas the fourth largest state. Alaskans may be making a point in this example, but no one ... read more
  • Winter 2009
    The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center has the unique distinction of being the only facility capable of subjecting full-scale buildings to ember storm conditions like those experienced in an actual wildland fire. The facility is ... read more
  • June 29, 2016
    While local fire departments are becoming increasingly engaged in wildland-fire response, many personnel based in structural firefighting aren’t receiving the necessary training in wildland firefighting for an effective and—most importantly—safe response. You may call them grass fires, forest fires, swamp fires, ... read more