This blog is part of a series from the U.S. Forest Service on its wildland firefighting program to increase awareness about when and how the agency suppresses fires, to provide insights into the lives of those fighting fires, and to explain some of the cutting-edge research underway on fire behavior. Check back to the USDA Blog during the 2013 wildfire season for new information. Additional resources are available at www.fs.fed.us/wildlandfire/.
The U.S. Forest Service has managed wildland fire for more than 100 years. As the world’s premiere wildland fire organization, the agency provides critically needed resources and expertise to protect at-risk communities. From ‘boots on the ground,’ to airtanker drops overhead, to groundbreaking research in the lab, Forest Service personnel around the country are ready to answer the call of duty.
The Forest Service launched a new wildland fire website with insightful information to help you learn about all these Forest Service activities from before, during and after a wildland fire. You’ll read about how the Forest Service feeds its firefighters, how they live while in fire camp and about the state-of-the-art technology they use while protecting natural resources and communities.
You can even find out what you can do to protect your home from wildland fires. And, learning about wildland fires is important for all generations so information for kids and students is also available on the website.
With the 2013 wildfire season underway check back to the wildland fire website often for updates. Also, stay tuned to the USDA Blog for more postings as part of the Forest Service wildland fire blog series – with many stories shared straight from the field.
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Totally amazing. It sure seems like fire has increased in the past decade or so. And we learn/ grow as result doing a better job meeting this challenge. Yarnell AZ reminds us of the dangers.
Well done and informative, thank you.
An ounce of Prevention... One Less Spark = One Less Wildfire
Not all fire is bad, but unwanted wildfire is dangerous.
I take note of your concern over forest fire loss. There is nothing more destructive than a forest fire, not only to plants but also to most animals. I suggest that we should take much more action to prevent such loss than we do. I think I know of an inexpensive way of creating a forest fire break that would limit the damage. That is to create cleared strips with a plywood wall, especially if combined with a wooden pipe sprinkler system. If the wall were treated with sodium silicate solution it would become fire proof itself. I do not have data as to the feasibility of preventing rain from washing out the sodium silicate, but I am confident that certain paints would work. You may see this discussed in detail in http://www.angelfire.com/nc/isoptera/index.html .
As for preemptive fires, deliberate setting of fires in our forests borders on insanity. Letting accidental fires rage out of control is almost as nutty. A much more sensible solution would be to remove and grind up debris and brush either for farm soil organic amendments or to generate electricity, the last giving a by product of potassium hydroxide for acid soil. It would be much safer than coal mining and probably cheaper.
Even if I have not persuaded you that forest fires are not a good idea, at least I am sure you would agree that protecting people’s wooden homes located in forests would be in order. It is not too smart to allow our homes outside of forests to burn down either. When they are rebuilt, huge amounts of energy and wood are used. Funerals for the ones who fail to make it out in time use a fair amount of energy also. My vote is none of such funerals and many less for coal miners by use of sodium silicate.
Sincerely, Charles Weber
Faught fire Clover Mist fire 1988Yellowstone. Was on timber crew , Salida Ranger District also just wondered if Ican be of any assistance .
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Please use bentonite for forest fires