By Steve Nix, About.com Guide
Fighting uncontrolled wildland fire is extremely complex and potentially very dangerous. The complexities of forest fire fighting exist on both a biological and political level. Understanding how fires are fought, how fires are managed and the usefulness of fire in the wild is critical to dealing with wildfire.
- An Introduction to Wildland Firefighting
- Wildland Fire Training
- Wildfire Basics
- Predicting Forest Fire Behavior
- What Is A Red Flag Warning?
- Current United States Wildfire Conditions
- A Wildfire Glossary
- The Wildfire Fighter's Pack Test
- The Wildfire Fighter's Fire Shelter
The United States Forest Service and the American states report more than 100,000 wildfires every year. The most devastating fire in U.S history in terms of human lives and property was in Peshtigo, Wisconsin which killed 1,300 people and burned more than 1 million acres. Wildfire is a serious matter. I present some tragic examples of how a forest fire can go wrong and how we can learn from wildfire fatalities.
- How Wildfire Kills Firefighters
- Tragic and Destructive North American Wildfires
- Storm King Mountain Tragedy
- Five Wildfire Disasters - The Final Reports
Prescribed Fire in the Forest
Change by fire is biologically necessary to maintain many healthy forest ecosystems and fire-loving plant communities. Forest resource managers have learned to use fire to cause changes in plant and animal communities to recreate the way fire was used before the European migration.
- Prescribed Fire in Forests
- A Controlled Burn Walk-through
- Videos Supporting Prescribed Burns
- How to Minimize Smoke's Effect from Wildfires and Controlled Burns
- Forest Fire/Control Burn Photo Gallery
Smokey Bear came to us by necessity. World War II started a wildfire fear from enemy sources. That enemy did not materialize but the wildfire issue did. It took a decade to decide on just the right poster animal to use and the perfect wildfire campaign to present to the public.