If we are to be a learning organization, then how do we actively learn?
The unbidden wildfire and other wicked fire problems.
Thoughts on Leadership
Transitioning into a new leadership role can prove challenging and stressful
Dr. Don McKenzie is the winner of the Outstanding Editor Award of the International Journal of Wildland Fire for 2015. Please join us in congratulating Don for his many years of excellent service to the journal as an author, a reviewer, and an Associate Editor. Dr. McKenzie is a research ecologist with the US Forest [...]
IRSTEA collaborates with IAWF on a May 2016 conference with a unique focus on Mediterranean climate, fire and the urban interface.
When it comes to the concept of “wicked problems,” the process and effects of rapidly accelerating climate change may prove to be the defining “wicked problem” of our era — and one that fire managers must seek to face and resolve. This on-the-scenes first-person report is not the definitive or final report from the fires [...]
When considering fire behavior, shouldn’t we also consider what can be the “wicked problem” of uncertainty? Here, researcher Rachel Quill offers a look at the uncertainty of wind and how it affects fire modeling.
Fireline leaders make life and death decisions. When seeking leadership for fireline and for the evolving “wicked problems” that fire managers seek, might we benefit by looking for a different skill set? A call for the value of introverts as leaders.
Safety and Health
One of the wickedest problems in wildfire management is firefighter safety, with no single solution offering the safety we require. Here, we offer an update on one aspect of the many entwined solutions essential for maintaining firefighter safety — the technology that helps protect us from the flames — featuring a short history of the [...]
NFPA’s wildfire division receives 0,000 FEMA grant to support firefighter attendance at home ignition zone seminars
Wicked problems are difficult to define and thus offer no definitive solutions — yet we are obligated to seek the most work-able solutions among better or worse, good enough and not good enough. In this essay we witness the story of a typical fire problem, framed as a wickedly difficult problem to solve.