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 […]
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 […]
If we are to be a learning organization, then how do we actively learn?
A reflection on wildland fire management dynamics may show us the patience needed for long-term success in fire management
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.
Transforming fire management requires a true knowledge management program that integrates information management and decision-making processes
Sustainable fire management must follow an adaptive pathway and not linger in an adaptive failure loop
In recent years, wildland fire management has been frequently talked about in terms of what the future holds, courses to the future, escalating challenges, being at a crossroads, and the pervasiveness of constant change. Over time, it has steadily progressed to become a program having very high complexity and capricious risk. But, it has been […]
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK.Â As you may recall from the previous column, the absence of basic statistical information about the U.S. wildland fire problem – specifically, the wildland/urban interface (WUI) – is frustrating to those of us in the wildland community. In the last column, the final discussion about the 46 million homes in the WUI […]