Wildland Fire News

A selection of news releases and stories related to wildland fire management. For details about ongoing wildfires, visit the National Interagency Fire Center.

From the Front Lines to the Fire Line

11/10/2021

Meet the Folsom Lake Veterans’ Crew with the Bureau of Land Management in California. The crew gives veterans an opportunity to put their military skillsets to use fighting wildfires. Learn about the opportunities available for more veterans to get started in wildland firefighting.

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Wildfire Open Data is Driving Innovation and Improving Public Safety

11/10/2021

The wildland fire open data site is changing how people stay informed about wildfires in their area and across the country. This publicly-available data is driving the creation of innovative tools by private-sector companies like Google and the New York Times while also making information widely available for individuals. The need for this information is apparent. Over a two-month period during the height of this summer’s record-setting fire season, a single dataset from the site was accessed 1.2 billion times.

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Embracing Indigenous Knowledge to Address the Wildfire Crisis

11/09/2021

During the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland underscored the importance of using Indigenous knowledge and showcased a Salish Kootenai College video that explores how Indigenous fire practices can help address the current wildfire crisis. We take a deeper dive as we continue to recognize Native American Heritage Month throughout November.

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Bringing Diverse Perspectives to Wildland Fire Management

11/02/2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. This year, we’re highlighting some of the people and initiatives that are improving wildland fire management in Indian Country. Meet the Bureau of Indian Affair’s Assistant Director for Wildland Fire Management and member of the Gros Ventre of Fort Belknap Indian Community.

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In the News: Recipients of the 2020 Wildland Fire Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Awards Announced (www.nwcg.gov)

10/12/2021

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) announced the recipients of the 2020 Wildland Fire Emergency Medical Services Awards. This annual award program, sponsored by the NWCG's Emergency Medical Committee, recognizes individuals and groups that have demonstrated outstanding actions or accomplishments above and beyond the expectation of their normal mission or job duties.

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A Whole New (Fiery) World (www.usgs.gov)

09/07/2021

Severe wildires are causing ecosystems to change in their wake. The U.S. Geological Survey and USDA Forest Service are studying this ecosystem transformation to better inform land management decisions.

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