by Alex Spannuth The Kestrel 5500 feels, looks, and operates like it was designed for the fireline. With a tough exterior, bulky feel, and the transition to AA batteries, it fits in with most fire operations and apparatuses. Where the 5500 sets itself apart from the rest of fires’ un-user-friendly devices is the customization and […]
Learning from how we responded to and managed 10 major Australasian emergencies, from cyanide spills to major structure fires, from floods to bushfires.
When it comes to the concept of “wicked problems,” the process and effects of rapidly accelerating climate change may prove to be the defining “wicked problem” of our era — and one that fire managers must seek to face and resolve. This on-the-scenes first-person report is not the definitive or final report from the fires in Tasmania — here Michael Hill offers the insights of a long-time firefighter (and Wildfire Magazine contributing editor) on the “what” of this particular incarnation of our wicked climate problem, so we might consider the “what next” — in Tasmania and elsewhere as our climate-and-fire regimes change.
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.
A map is a mark of our lives in time, a journey transcribed. And it was a map, in part, that drew me to Australia, to better understand what fire maps can mean in our climate-change era, and to learn how a robust commitment to geospatial knowledge can help us manage what may be our […]
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 […]