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Friday, July 25, 2014
Many animals and other organisms have evolved to cope with—and even thrive in the wake of—the flames.   "Wildlife have a long-standing relationship with fire", ecosystem ecologist Mazeika Sullivan of Ohio State University told National Geographic. "Fire is a natural part of these landscapes."   For instance, some...
Friday, July 11, 2014
The National Association of State Foresters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and National Fire Protection Association are pleased to announce that the Wildfire Mitigation Awards will launch in 2015. The call for nominations will go live in September 2014.  The national awards will recognize outstanding service in...
Friday, July 11, 2014
Bill Kaage has been named chief of the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. He succeeds Tom Nichols, who retired on January 31, 2014. As the Chief, Kaage is responsible for the overall leadership, policy and program direction for the aviation, structural fire, and wildland fire management...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The recent decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) to halt further transfer of excess trucks, generators, pumps, and engine parts will cost states and local fire departments the opportunity to utilize excess equipment to protect lives and property from wildfire. There are two major federal excess property programs for...
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The hat seen at the right belonged to a National Forest Service illustrator named Harry Rossoll, and thus to Smokey Bear. The Ad Council created Smokey to encourage communities to control and prevent blazes in their own backyards. But Smokey transcended his status as a popular public service image after Rossoll began...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Joyce Qin, 11-year-old Memphis-area student, is the national winner of the 2014 Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Oh, and she's adorable. "Joyce competed against 30,000 contestants. This is quite an accomplishment," U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said at a ceremony unveiling the art. "We use this contest as...
Friday, June 27, 2014
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group has designated the week of June 30 to July 6, 2014 as “A Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn” to honor the memories of all fallen wildland firefighters and to reflect on lessons learned from different types of wildland fire accidents.   June 30, 2014 marks the one-year...
Friday, June 20, 2014
Nearly 40 percent of recent development in the West has been in wildland fire zones. This risky pattern makes putting out fires more urgent, more dangerous and more expensive. The U.S. Forest Service has warned of “a catastrophic fire season in the Southwest” and has estimated that firefighting costs for the service and...
Friday, June 13, 2014
In anticipation of Smokey's 70th birthday this summer, an exhibit of Rudy Wendelin’s legendary Smokey Bear prints are now on display at the Idaho Statehouse. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to view some wonderful artwork on behalf of one of our most treasured icons,” said Idaho Firewise Executive Director Ivy...
Friday, June 13, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released information showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two fiscal years. The state-by-state report provides examples of how funding for local wildfire preparedness, forest restoration, and other activities in nearly every state across...

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