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 […]
How a small group of senior leaders brought life to the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy in Nevada. Lessons that can be applied as we move ahead locally, regionally and nationally to apply the Cohesive Strategy, which is the focus of the upcoming IAWF National Cohesive Strategy Workshop in April.
By Michael Scott Hill The 2016-2017 fire season in Australia has been relatively quiet overall with a few periods of increased initial attack activity, like this weekend in mid-February 2017 (see aerial photo). Flying in the rear of a Bell 412 helicopter across New South Wales’ rugged, rolling Blue Mountains with my small RART (Rapid […]
In the environment of today as well as that of the future, wildland fire is a very real and dominant force that warrants considerable attention and response. Since the inception of organized wildland fire management, wildland fire has dramatically evolved in scope, magnitude, and complexity — with an impact that reaches far beyond our profession […]
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 […]
It is fair to say that I have a long history with the International Association of Wildland Fire and Wildfire magazine
Imagining Future Wildland Fire Scenarios
For 26 years the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) has made an unwavering commitment to serve the global wildland fire community. As shown below, we strive to facilitate communication, provide leadership, promote a better understanding of wildland fire, and build on the belief that an understanding of this dynamic force is vital for natural […]
A couple of weeks ago, I ran into a Forest FMO that I know, who asked “So, are you going to tell us about how your first 90 days went?” I cannot say whether I succeeded because, in leadership, it is not our own perception that matters, but the perceptions of others.
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.