Wildland Web Exclusives

  • Wildfire Detection in the 21st Century

    Mike Archer examines how technology is changing the role of the 100-year-old fire lookout towers that were often the fire line of defense for fires in the wildland.

    Article • April 24th, 2012

  • Emergency Telecommunications for Wildfire Operations

    A look at how the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE establish emergency communications while operating at wildland incidents.

    Article • September 7th, 2011

  • Wildfire Simulation Technology – Part 3

    Beneath every wildfire model there is a set of assumptions, ideally based on a theory of how fire ignites and spreads. The model, however, is only as good as the theory that drives it and the data that goes into it. As computers have gotten smaller and...

    Article • July 30th, 2011

  • Wildfire Simulation Technology – Part 2

    In the summer of 2003, a wildfire was threatening the Montana town of Hungry Horse. Several simulations were run by scientists who had combined data on the conditions of the fire, fuel, and weather to provide a forecast of what the fire would do.

    Article • June 24th, 2011

  • Wildfire Origin and Cause Investigation - Part 1

    As the spring fire season approaches, fire investigators across the country will be responding to wildfires to conduct origin and cause investigations. In many jurisdictions, investigators are assigned to a type of investigation that is unfamiliar. During...

    Article • April 11th, 2011

  • Wildfire Simulation Technology – Part 1

    These days, with fire departments hampered by tight budgets, training (particularly large-scale exercises) may get cut in order to staff enough personnel. However, the effectiveness of computer-based simulations has begun to catch up with the...

    Article • March 31st, 2011

  • Wildland Vehicles Debut at Firehouse World

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Apparatus at Firehouse World went wild this year – wildland fire that is, with five major apparatus manufacturers debuting urban interface vehicles or straight up Type III wildland vehicles.Coverage of Firehouse World  2011Showing...

    Article • March 3rd, 2011

  • Aerial Firefighting with Night Vision Goggles – Part 2

    In our second installment of this series on Night Vision Goggles (NVG), three fire departments that operate aircraft while using NVG weigh in on the benefits and dangers of night operations. Los Angeles County Fire Department

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Aerial Firefighting with Night Vision Goggles – Part 1

    As wildfires become more prevalent and ferocious, many in the fire service are looking for better ways to battle wildland blazes. One factor that is almost universally accepted is that the vast majority of fires diminish in severity overnight, when...

    Article • January 28th, 2011

  • PCADS: A Military Solution to Wildland Firefighting

    An aerial firefighting crisis exists in the U.S. Nearly four dozen heavy air-tankers could be called upon to assist firefighters roping in past wildfires. But even as wildfires have increased in size and ferocity, air-tanker numbers have dwindled to a...

    Article • December 24th, 2010

  • Enhancing Fireground Communications

    In a previous article entitled "Communicating in the Wildland Interface," Rick Lynsky and I identified communication problems and solutions targeted at the equipment or the ways we use the equipment. Unfortunately equipment problems are probably only...

    Article • June 3rd, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Miramar's Deployable Brush Unit

    For this month's installment of Innovative Rigs on the Street we traveled out to the west coast to visit the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar which is located in San Diego, CA. MCAS Miramar is home to the Third Marine Air Wing, which operates...

    Article • April 16th, 2010

  • Communicating in the Wildland Urban Interface

    Communicating during emergency operations is a constant challenge for those in the fire service. Nowhere does that become more evident than during a wildland urban interface (WUI) incident.

    Article • February 8th, 2010

  • Wildland Fire Behavior: A "Tune-up" for Structural Firefighters

    The intent of this article is to "tune-up" your understanding of wildland fire behavior. Understanding fire behavior allows for the correct selection of strategy and tactics. Similar to structural firefighting, knowing where the fire is, how it is...

    Article • January 8th, 2010