Wildfire

January 23, 2019

How first responders handle huge wildfires

Guest blog by Kelsey Ocampo, Two Way Direct Sometimes all it takes is a cigarette, careless campfire, or stray firework. Then, if conditions are right, a fire can grow to massive proportions, engulfing 3,000+ acres in under 24 hours. Firefighters and first responders of all kinds need to be ready. When the call goes out, this [read more]

December 12, 2017

NASF joins Interior, USDA round table discussion on wildfire

By Whitney Forman-Cook On Monday, December 11, 2017, the National Association of State Foresters joined a select group of forestry and wildfire policy stakeholders at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways we can work together to prevent severe and catastrophic wildfires. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hosted the summit, and [read more]

October 23, 2017

Upcoming Senate EPW Hearing

By Parker Jones On Wednesday October 23, 2017, Wyoming State Forester and NASF immediate past president Bill Crapser will testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. The hearing will consider new legislation introduced by Chairman Barrasso, “The Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017.” The Bill provides streamlining planning requirements in order to [read more]

September 22, 2017

Submit a nomination for the 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Awards

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee is pleased to invite nominations for the 2018 Wildfire Mitigation Awards.   Established in 2014, in response to an overwhelming number of great wildfire mitigation program efforts across the nation, the Wildfire Mitigation Awards are the highest national honor one can receive for outstanding work and significant program impact in [read more]

September 11, 2017

Ways to help Texas fire departments impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Officials from key fire service organizations of Texas are asking for monetary donations and equipment to help local Texas fire departments impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Texas A&M Forest Service, State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association, Texas Fire Chiefs Association, Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System, and State Fire Marshal’s Office, officials deployed an online Rapid [read more]

August 1, 2017

Don't Fly a Drone Over A Wildfire

The National Interagency Fire Center says unauthorized drones have been detected over or near wildfires 17 times this year in nine western states. Of those incidents, 14 caused aerial firefighting operations to be grounded entirely. In 2016, unauthorized drones cropped up near wildfires more than 40 times, grounding air operations more than half the time. “Any [read more]