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.
If we are to be a learning organization, then how do we actively learn?
Transitioning into a new leadership role can prove challenging and stressful
Why “wicked fire problems” are the focus of two simultaneous IAWF conferences and this issue of Wildfire Magazine.