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Photo of several rows of seedlings.After the fire comes the precise planting of seedlings

All great actions start with a seed of an idea. In reforestation, the action starts with a seed. Literally. After a fire, trees that haven’t been destroyed often have the ability of producing the seeds needed to grow into future stands, or clumps of trees. But often nature gets a bit of help from the U.S. Forest Service. Read the entire story. Learn more about Lucky Peak Nursery.

  Forest Service gets to the heart of the wildland firefighters

It takes a certain type of person to fight wildfires. It’s not what they look like. Or sound like. It’s not their heritage or their culture. It’s their heart. A seven-minute U.S. Forest Service recruitment video, “The Heart of a Firefighter,” takes viewers as close to being as firefighter as possible through a small screen.

Photo of scientists watching fire burn on a slanted slab.The Science Behind Fire

Fire and firefighting have been around for centuries but how do firefighters know what it takes to fight a fire? Before a wildland firefighter sees his or her first fire, they are given the tools and training on how to fight fire and its behavior. The information passed onto them is not learned overnight but rather through years of research. Read the entire article - The Science Behind Fire Article.

Get Ready! Get Prepared! Be Firewise!Be a Fire Wise Know it all

People have heard this from the Forest Service during previous fire seasons, and people will continue to hear it from the agency every fire season: You can never be Fire Wise enough. September is National Preparedness Month. The theme for 2016 is “Don’t Wait, Communicate.  Make your Emergency Plan Today”. This straight forward theme makes it very clear that planning is crucial to protect yourself, your loved ones and your property against wildfire. 

Photo of a man measuring sagebrush seedlings.Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and the Sagebrush Ecosystem; Collaborative Conservation at Work

Across eleven states and over 173 million acres, U.S. federal and state agencies, private landowners, and partners are coming together to protect the Greater sage-grouse with a conservation approach built on coordination and partnership.  View the Greater Sage-Grouse story map or read the 2016 report to learn more.

Photo of three men in a discussion on the edge of a meadow.Thirteen Day Wildland Fire North American Study Tour 2016

Wildland Fire Managers from Australia and New Zealand visited Region 4 in September on a study tour. Many important tools and technologies have been adopted based on information gained on these study tours, including the use of the Incident Command System in Australia and New Zealand, the exchange of research, and emergency operational assistance during severe fire seasons among the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Learn more about the 2016 study tour.

Photo of a trail crew walking single file through a burned area.

Increasing the Odds of Coming Home Safe, “Life First”

The business of fighting wildfires is very dangerous. Wildland fire responders are exposed to all types of risks. We care about our firefighters and want every one of them to return home safe. A new idea was brought to the surface spring of 2016 called “Life First”.

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Photo of the Stuart Guard Station with flames in the background.

It’s Incredibly Important in the World of Wildland Firefighting, But What Does Cohesive Strategy Mean?

Cohesive Strategy is a collaborative process with active involvement to seek solutions to wildland fire management issues. It is the commitment of stakeholders to share responsibilities for managing our lands; protecting our nations natural, tribal, and cultural resources; and making our communities safe and resilient for future generations.

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Photo of two men in firefighting uniform.

United States Air Force Academy grads, parents enjoy unlikely connection

Two parents of United States Air Force Academy Class of 2012 graduates reuinte at the Pioneer Fire near Idaho City, Idaho in early August 2016. Credit to the Association of Graduates United States Air Force Academy

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Photo of rafts lined up ready for the morning put-in.

Whitewater Rafting the Middle fork of the Salmon River

Each year, approximately 10,000 people float the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Middle Fork is a 98-mile free-flowing river in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, originating 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, at the confluence of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks.

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Photo of a map with a red line around the fire border and a bright yellow showing the intense heat.

Infrared Technology from Aircraft Helps Pioneer Firefighters

Fire managers for the Pioneer Fire have also been using a fixed wing aircraft from the National Infrared Operations outfitted with a thermal infrared scanner since its start in July.

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Photo of a yurt on a winter day with skis leaning against the side.

U.S. Forest Service Offers Winter Yurt, Cabin Adventures

A yurt is a circular tent with canvas walls. There are many different styles and sizes of yurts, but generally each yurt is different in what it offers.

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Photo of scooper flying in the sky.Scoopers play a significant role in fighting fires

Water scooper tactics play an important role in wildfire suppression by dropping water directly on burning fuel, often with short turnaround times due to proximity to water sources.

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Photo of two job corp students cleaning a hose that was returned from the fire line.Centennial Job Corps Center students support firefighting through camp crew assignments

The Centennial Job Corps program has several trade programs for all students such as carpentry, welding, and nursing.  Any student interested in being involved with wildfire support can apply outside their trade as long as they have 30 percent accomplished in their trade with limited disciplinary infractions.

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Mesa Falls on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in IdahoPhoto of a cabin with white chinking and white fenced balcony in a grassy area.

Mesa Falls is located on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho. The Mesa Falls Visitor Center occupies the historic Big Falls Inn, built around 1915 by the Snake River Electric Light and Power Company.

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Photo of the display for the Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial.Cold War Heroes Honored by U.S. Forest Service

The Cold War was called a war for a reason—many died in the defense of democracy and free markets.

To honor those who died in the Cold War era, which lasted for more than 40 years, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’ Spring Mountains National Recreation Area partnered with Silent Heroes of the Cold War and GO Mt. Charleston to dedicate the Visitor Gateway site, home to the Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial.

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