Over the past few years, fire and aviation management has been benefiting from changes in information technology. The most important change is the readily accessible mobile technologies such as smartphones, tablets and mobile applications. The benefits of these devices are increased mobility and the real-time or near real-time information transfer capabilities. This enables firefighters to […]
Because of the development of disparate documentation and analysis processes applicable only to specific fire types and situations, a new method for wildfire decision documentation and analysis became highly desirable for the wildland fire management program. As a result, a new system, the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS), was developed and put into use […]
The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) web-based application â€¨leverages geospatial data to inform strategic decisions on wildland fires. A specialized data team, working within the Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application group (WFM RD&A), assembles authoritative national-level data sets defining values to be protected. The use of such high-quality trusted data ensures that […]
The USDA Forest Service, in partnership with other wildland fire management organizations, is leveraging new mobile technologies to better equip fire managers and firefighters to respond to increasing wildfire risk. The use of mobile technologies will provide greater information access leading to more informed decisions and increased on-the-ground situational awareness. A Mobile Technologies Integration Team […]
I was attending a fire conference in Reno, Nevada, a few years ago when a Forest Service engine captain I knew, Richard Gearhart, strode up and asked in a bold manner, â€œAre you going to do a book on the Esperanza Fire?â€
Fire is heat and light – and each season, on prescribed burns and wildfires, post-burn and pre-burn, we capture the amazing light of fires in our photographs of fire behavior, firefighters at work and the landscapes we manage with fire. As the northern fire season begins to wind down and the southern season ramps up, […]
Amid the many talks at IAWFâ€™s Human Dimensions Conference this past March, one collaborative presentation examined the crucial role for collaboration amid countries with emerging fire regimes. Authors from the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed: as changing fire regimes increase fire risk, thereâ€™s an urgency to tackle this vulnerability, via international collaboration and exchange.
Sharing the themes and strategies used globally to foster wildfire awareness and prevention.
… we talk of wildfires and firestorms, evacuations, lives and homes lost, drought and climate change — the winds align with slope and fires race across our wildlands, with the 2012 election cycle magnifying the heat …
As wildland fuel builds up in Europe, firefighters have adopted quick water deployment tactics to increase Initial Attack speed and success. By Juan CaamaÃ±o In Mediterranean Europe, the last few decades have been characterized by dramatic land use changes. The abandonment of farmland and reduced grazing has led to an increase in wildland areas. These […]