THESE STORIES WILL CHANGE US, the lives lost and houses burned, though it may take months or years for us as individuals, much less a profession, to absorb and act upon the change. We bear witness, assemble facts, ride herd on emotions and aftermath, and soon the resonance will surface and we’ll change course to […]
A Briefing for the October 2017 issue of Wildfire Magazine.
Our voices were warbling over WhatsApp, one colleague to another, continents apart, when I realized, during one of those pauses when the bytes are racing to reconstruct into voices, that her pause after I said “Swiss Cheese Model” wasn’t because of the balky internet but rather she hadn’t heard of the concept. I offered this […]
Here’s the pitch. The Apprentice is tanking. We might imagine that the executive producer, moving on to bigger challenges, is desperate for another vehicle, desperate for a win. A huge win. Sir, we say, all we need to do is just try to solve the fire problem. Even if we don’t win, we’ve got guaranteed […]
The Doubting Thomases who parley “climate skepticism” into their own self-promotion have joined together into a club, some of whom are moving this month into a few wings of the White House and the US federal government. As fire professionals, this does and should concern us — as we either engage in and work to […]
Why “wicked fire problems” are the focus of two simultaneous IAWF conferences and this issue of Wildfire Magazine.
When animals gather in large groups, we give them names: a “charm of finches,” a “bike of hornets.” Crows come in a murder, horde, parcel, or my favorite — a storytelling of crows. In folktales, crows gathered to pass judgment (and capital punishment) on their peers. Other eytomologies claim that this dark side of crows […]
For an hour on a small fire in this huge burning summer I doubled-up, adding incident commander to my role as duty officer, which is a no-no in anyone’s SOPs. Duty Officer should stay big-picture. This was a Red Flag day and I’d planned to meet a patrol engine in the field — so she […]
What is news when a fire burns?
Renewal and reinvention: notes from Portugal