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 […]
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK. Many of us in the wildland fire community have been frustrated by the absence of basic statistical information about the U.S. wildland fire problem, specifically the wildland/urban interface (WUI). Not pointing the finger of blame at any one group or organization, there are just no good statistics that help us describe […]
PRESIDENT’S DESK. The IAWF was formed to promote a better understanding of wildland fire – and built on the belief that an understanding of this dynamic natural force is vital for natural resource management, firefighter safety and harmonious interaction between people and their environment. The Association is dedicated to communicating with the entire wildland fire […]
President’s Desk:Â This past fall, I had the opportunity to provide a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on issues IAWF felt were important to the U.S. wildland fire community. The focus of the letter was “it’s time to make wildland fire policies work better.” Fires last year in the United States from Florida to California, […]