Lauren Backstrom

Arizona Wildfires: How can we improve wildfire management?

Blog Post created by Lauren Backstrom Employee on May 16, 2012

Several wildfires have flared up across Arizona over the past week kicking off the state’s 2012 wildfire season and scorching over 1,500 square miles, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.  A combination of high winds and dry weather conditions helped to fuel the fires.  Approximately 40 miles outside of Phoenix, the Sunflower Fire has burned over 3,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest.  The Gladiator Fire has burned approximately 600 acres of the Prescott National Forest near the community of Crown King.   The Elwood Fire on the San Carlos Apache reservation burned over 1,000 acres, and the Bull Flat Fire on the Fort Apache reservation burned another 500 plus acres.  All of this after a record-breaking wildfire season in 2011.  Check out this video for more details…

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While the west is bracing for a potentially volatile 2012 wildfire season, the Technical Committee on Forest and Rural Fire Protection is in the process of revising NFPA 1143, Standard for Wildland Fire Management.  The document is available for Public Comment until August 31, 2012.  Take a minute or two to review the committee changes in the Report on Proposals, and provide comments for the next edition of the document by the end of August. 

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