The first issue of 2015 features articles on sequestration, climate change, fire regimes and more.
March-April 2013 Wildfire Magazine
A comprehensive update on information technology and the work of managing fires, where we are with wildland fire medicine, and the winners of the 2012 Photo Contest.
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 […]
For the past few months, the photographs have been flowing in and the judges have been judging. Now, we’re pleased to announce the finalists in our 2012 WildfireÂ Magazine photo contest. First, we generally sorted the photos into categories – “On the Fireline,” “Fire Landscapes/Fire Effects/Fire Ecology,” “Aviation” and “Offline.” ï¿¼Next came the challenge. With nearly […]
An estimated 8.8 million U.S. students in grades six through 12 reside in wildland-urban interface areas. Cathy Prudhomme and Michele Steinberg with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) describe innovative efforts to reinforce the importance of wildfire awareness and preparedness with this under-connected audience of stakeholders. Scant attention has been given to U.S. students in […]
Editor’s Note: With mapping tablets, web-enabled smartphones,Â satellite uplinks and real-time situational awareness tools, the future of fire intelligence is on the firelines now. We asked Tom Zimmerman, recently retired head of U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Management RD&A, to help us understand how the many promises of information technology may supportÂ the work of firefighters and […]
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 […]
IÂ am excited to announceÂ that “Pulse Check” will be an occasionally slotted columnÂ offering current medical information to help wildland firefighters from all parts of the world and from within all resource types. Its goal is to give you, the wildfire professionals on the lineÂ and managing firefighters, something to talk about, seek more information about and gather […]