• 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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  • The paper, Economic Benefits of Fuel Reduction Treatments provides unique insight about analyzing benefits of fuels projects from an economist’s point of view

    With the enormous rise in costs of damage caused by wildfires and wildfire suppression costs, more studies are being conducted about the value of fuels treatments in some of our nation’s forested areas.  So...
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  • Burn ban in Alabama as drought fueled wildfires impact the state

    The, “wildfire is not just a western states issue” reminder received additional focus yesterday as Alabama’s Forestry Commission banned all outside burning in 46 of the state’s 67 counties....
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  • Two viewpoints on building or not building in the WUI

    Last week, an op-ed in California’s Sacramento-Bee and an editorial by the Bend Bulletin in Oregon each wrestled with the issue of housing and commercial development in the wildland-urban interface (and beyond) ...
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  • The rising cost of wildfires:  what have we learned from the past?

    After reading an article about 4,000 California firefighters battling blazes in that state this month, my mind raced to the staggering costs created by wildfires.  I began to peruse some statistics and discovered...
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  • Free LANDFIRE biophysical setting (BpS) review for land managers

    On June 16th from 1 to 2 pm Eastern Standard Time, the Southern Fire Exchange will be hosting a free webinar about LANDFIRE biophysical setting (BpS) review for land managers.  The Lakes States Fire Consorti...
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  • Incident managers gaining valuable lessons on beetle-kill fueled fires

    Last Saturday’s Denver Post ran an article about the current Beaver Creek fire along the Colorado-Wyoming border and the fire management decisions being made around its progression.   While the fire has bu...
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  • The motivation of urban and wildland arsonists

    While 90% of wildfires are human-caused, the vast majority of these are not intentionally set.  The few percentage that are ignited by arsonists raises an interesting question for me, why?   An article in t...
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  • Portugal feels the brunt of Europe's wildfire season

    As California faces a growing fire season with the current Blue Cut fire and others, so too does the similar climate regions of Europe.  The challenge for Europe though is that they’re all occurring in the ...
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  • Being Firewise is important wherever you live!

    The right conditions have ignited wildfires in the midwest that took a terrible human and environmental toll.  Large wildfires are a part of America’s history, its present and its future.  The same tim...
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  • Update on Double Diamond Fire from Texas A&M Forest Service

    We spoke today with Nick Harrison, Texas Firewise Coordinator, with the Texas A&M Forest Service, and he shared an update on current fires in the Texas Panhandle.   The Double Diamond wildfire that broke ou...
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  • What is Mastication?

    When I first heard about mastication the first thing that came to mind was chewing something yummy.  In the fire prevention arena mastication is the process of “chewing up” vegetation with machinery.&...
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  • The Soberanes Fire in the Big Sur area in California reportedly was started by an abandoned campfire.

    A large wildfire in the Big Sur, California area called the Soberanes Fire which was reportedly started by an illegal campfire has caused one death, the loss of over 50 homes and thousands of evacuations.  &...
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  • The Southern Amazon River Basin has seen the driest season in fourteen years. Can this have implications for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro?

    NASA utilizes satellite imagery to monitor fires and climate conditions across the globe.  Being able to predict wildfire conditions ahead of time can help areas around the world with increased wildfire risk (d...
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  • NFPA Journal column reflects on Fort McMurray fires and business continuity

    The July/August NFPA Journal is out and in its latest WildfireWatch Column, I consider the role of business continuity planning when a wildfire not only forces the evacuation of 90,000 plus people and consumes over 2,...
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  • Sequoia trees see rebirth after 2015 fire

    This morning, National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” returned to a 2015 wildfire and shared the positive role fire ecology has played on the landscape’s subsequent health.   The segme...
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