It’s not just flames. To learn from and prevent tragedy fires, we should consider ourselves and add human factors to the fire environment that lead to tragedy fires. Here we offer insights and an updated list of “Common Human Factors on Tragedy Fires” from a seasoned Hotshot Superintendent.
By definition, tragedy fires aren’t tragic until fire physics intersects with the human factors typical of a firefighter’s engagement with the fire. Here’s the summary of human factors on tragedy fires observed and synthesized by Matt Holmstrom — offered not as a checklist but as a toolset for cautionary reflection.
Gaia GPS shares the smartphone app and GaiaPro subscription to support and assist firefighters working in the field.
With a fire-summer of extremes, we share this position statement developed and supported by a position statement that was one result of the Large Wildland Fires Conference. The statement was developed and supported by the Association for Fire Ecology , International Association of Wildland Fire, and The Nature Conservancy.
by David Calkin and Matt Thompson US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Human Dimensions Program. Missoula, MT. Risk management has evolved into one of the most discussed topics within wildfire organizations throughout the world. However, there remains considerable uncertainty around fundamental definitions and concepts of risk management and how it should be implemented at […]
The Cougar Creek Fire on Mt. Adams, Washington burned 53,500 acres in 2015. Photographer Jurgen Hess spent several days on the fire lines. This is his story with his photographs.
Learning the traditional Māori use of fire can help New Zealand fire managers understand fire use and improve fire protection as climates warm and dry.
Wildfire Environmental USA Inc. and WATERAX are now officially operating as one. The company will continue operating in the United States as WATERAX Corporation, with our head office located in Vancouver, WA. Together, the companies will be working as one team, with one purpose – to help wildland firefighters move water with force, in the […]
A review of CoreLogic’s “Wildfire Hazard Risk Report, 2015
Residential Wildfire Exposure Estimates for the Western United States,” on risks and hazards in the WUI that predicts increasing loss of homes and structures in the interface. These were the losses witnessed this summer — and it may be going from bad to worse.
This October, the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC) focuses on “Fire of the Past, Fires in Future” and seeks to prevent disasters by sharing fire management models, science and practices.