• After 39 square miles burn, the landscape rehabilitation begins

    After a wildfire has made the headlines, the often unreported risks of soil erosion and flooding remains.  The difficult work of landscape restoration begins.   In early June, wildfires burned over 39 squar...
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  • Opportunities available to assist with wildfire safety in the Southwest

    Two opportunities were recently shared by wildfire prevention partners in the Southwest.  The first is for grant opportunities (Rural Fire Defense 80/20) for rural fire departments in Oklahoma and Community Wildf...
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  • When the spark for a wildfire comes from a firefighter

    Like any ignition, fire needs an outside heat source applied to the trifecta of available fuel, heat, and oxygen to burn. As the BBC News reported on Monday, the outside source of ignition for various wildfires in sou...
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  • States prepare for solar eclipse and wildfire risk

    On Monday August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States, working its way from Oregon to South Carolina. This amazing experience is the event of the summer, with millions of observers expected to ...
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  • (Video): Wildfires across Mediterranean force thousands to flee

      To view video, click here   With wildfires burning in 10 U.S. states – including the 390 square mile Lodgepole fire in Montana – we are also following wildfires that have erupted across the M...
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  • Structural firefighters can teach wildfire planning some lessons

    The July/August NFPA Journal is out and in its Wildfire column, I explore what wildfire response planners can learn from their structural fire department counterparts – often in the same building – about a...
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  • New research shows where there is smoke there may be a lot more

    Research released in early June in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres highlights smoke plume particulate data from wildfires in 2013. Its findings show that wildfire smoke emits three times as much small ...
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  • Upcoming webinar on Appalachian wildfire history

    On Tuesday, June 13, at 3:00pm EDT, the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists is hosting a webinar presentation on how fire shaped Appalachian forests before the fire exclusion era.   Charles La...
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  • New Jersey Pine Barrens turn wildfire experience into action

    Last week marked the 10th anniversary of southern New Jersey’s Warren Grove Fire that burned 17,000 acres and caused the evacuations of several communities in Barnegat and Stafford townships. The fire originated...
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  • Wildfires devastate farm and ranch land in plains states - here's how you can help

    The past few weeks have seen very large, fast-moving wildfires wreak havoc across the US, including Florida, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Particularly hard hit were rural regions in the Texas Panhandle, south...
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  • From fires to floods, preparation is key: a California community helps neighbors be ready for anything

    Watching the flood and potential dam breach situation unfold in California over the past two months has been breathtaking, scary and frankly, ironic. Less than four months ago, I met California Office of Emergency Ser...
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  • Over 100 active fires send thousands fleeing

    As over 100 separate wildfires burn in central and southern Chile, I am reminded of the places and people NFPA met during two separate Wildfire Division trips to the country in 2016. Please join with me in keeping bot...
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  • Fires blaze in Argentina

    NASA images show the extent of the fires blazing in Argentina in South America.  The NASA article stated that unseasonably warm weather, severe drought and thunderstorms contributed to the blazes burning in the P...
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  • 100 Homes lost to wildfire in Valparaiso, Chile

    A wildfire on Monday evening burned 100 homes and forced over 4000 to evacuate in Laguna Verde, a town within Valparaiso, Chile. 19, mainly smoke related injuries, and no fatalities have been reported.   Both th...
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  • Subcommittee holds D.C. hearing on impact of wildland fires and forest management

    We just got word from our colleagues in NFPA's Washington, D.C. office that the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Federal Lands will be holding a hearing to receive testimony on forest fire management issues on ...
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  • The NIFC National Fire Predictive Services summer wildfire outlook

    NIFC has published their June to July predictions for the fire outlook for the season.  It is important to note that these determinations are based on current drought conditions and fluctuations in temperatures.&...
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  • Keep Appalachia on your mind

    Today’s New York Times has a heart-felt op-ed about the massive wildfire loss in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The author, Jason Howard, a teacher of writing and Appalachian studies at a Kentucky college, shares his me...
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  • Wildfires seen from space

    Have you ever wondered what wildfires burning across the globe must look like from outer space? The effects of wildfires across the globe can now be observed and researched by orbiting satellites in space.  The N...
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  • Is wildfire for the birds? A paper explores the effects of wildfire on bird populations

    I recently read an interesting research paper, Positive effects of fire on birds may appear only under narrow combinations of fire severity and time-since-fire. It was the result of a study about observations made in ...
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  • What is “dead fall” and how can it contribute to wildfire intensity and spread?

    Have you wondered why foresters seem concerned in the aftermath of a storm about dead fall?  Have you wondered what they mean by the use of the term, dead fall?  Dead fall according to Webster’s Dictio...
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