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 […]
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.
Transitioning into a new leadership role can prove challenging and stressful
If we are to be a learning organization, then how do we actively learn?
Why “wicked fire problems” are the focus of two simultaneous IAWF conferences and this issue of Wildfire Magazine.
A reflection on wildland fire management dynamics may show us the patience needed for long-term success in fire management
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 […]
Workplace incivility has costs, often big costs.
Working amid the camaraderie of the fireline, an inmate firefighter finds courage, a potential career focus, and the finest reward of fire work– to be appreciated.
A range of conferences and initiatives are moving us together into key questions about risk: what do we know, what needs to be learned, what lies ahead, how to advance knowledge, and how to use this knowledge to manage our risks.