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Category Archive: Latest Research

Social dynamics of wildfire management: A research brief

Social dynamics of wildfire management: A research brief put together by the California Fire Science Consortium and the Joint Fire Sciences Program.

The social dynamics of wildfire management can help us understand and improve fire management strategies that provide for safety, ecological processes, and economically efficient management.  A 2012 paper by McCaffrey and others summarized the results of 200 social science studies, primarily from western North America, to identify key lessons and management implications.  Click here for the article.  

 

Can risk management prevent future wildfire in the wildland- urban interface?

A great research article from the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Fire Lab that assess our current strategies for managing wildfire and mitigation efforts.  Click here for the article: http://bit.ly/1kTdmWw Click here to read more »

Officials: Boost wildfire prevention funds (Arizona Sun Daily)

WASHINGTON — For every dollar the government spends preventing wildfire damage, it could save cash-strapped agencies like the Forest Service another $5 on fighting increasingly large fires, a Senate committee was told Tuesday.

Witnesses at the Senate Agriculture subcommittee hearing said the government needs to invest more in proactive fire management like forest-thinning projects, which would reduce the number of large wildfires and the cost of fighting them.  For the rest of the article go to : http://bit.ly/16WYlQ7

Mountain Pine Beetles and Fire: The Science Behind the Risk

 

Mountain Pine Beetle and Fire: The Science Behind the Risks

Mountain Pine Beetle and Fire - The Science Behind the Risks Source: beetles.mt.gov/
Photo: OregonLive.com

Wednesday May 4, 2011 – Colonial Red Lion Inn, Helena, MT

Much has been debated about the after-effects of Montana’s mountain pine beetle outbreak. Click here to read more »

Enough is Enough: Just Leave the Line

This editorial was written in support of FireSafe Montana’s Enough is Enough Campaign.

FireSafe Montana’s Enough is Enough campaign is an effort to provoke discussion around the issues surrounding wildland fire and the urban interface. Please check out http://firesafemt.org/category/library-center/enough-is-enough/  for other articles by guest authors.  Comments and suggestions can be made below each article.  Click here for downloadable document.

Just Leave the Line

By Robert Mutch: Chair, Painted Rocks-West Fork FireSafe Council

On the Dude Fire in Arizona, 1990, 6 firefighters died in their fire shelters while trying to save homes.

On the Esperanza Fire in California, 2006, 5 Forest Service firefighters from Engine 57 died while trying to save the unoccupied Octagon House.

On the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, 2013, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots died in or near their fire shelters while trying to save homes. Click here to read more »