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Partnering with HBCUs to train the next generation of wildland firefighters

Alabama A&M University students helped the Alabama Forestry Commission patrol the fire edge for remaining hot spots after a wildfire at Keel Mountain in northern Alabama.
Alabama A&M University students respond to the first wildfire of 2022. The student-led FireDawgs firefighting team helped the Alabama Forestry Commission patrol the fire’s edge to make sure no hot spots remained. (Courtesy photo by Jeremy Whigham, Alabama A&M University)The Forest Service is teaming up with three historically Black colleges and…
HBCU, historically black colleges and universities, wildland fire, wildfire, wildfire training

Protecting wildland communities

A picture of a treated stand after the completion of the Montreal project around neighborhoods in South Lake Tahoe.
A picture of a treated stand after the completion of the Montreal project around neighborhoods in South Lake Tahoe. (Photo courtesy of Amy Jirka, The Great Basin Institute)For those who love the outdoors, the occasional weekend trip will not do. Instead, many have chosen to live as close to nature as possible, on the edge of forests. One in three homes in the U.S. is now located in a wildland…
lake tahoe, wildland urban interface, wildfire, wildfire prevention, safety, fuel reduction, prescribed fire, controlled burn, mechanical thinning, fire adapted communities, rural communities

Science shows that demographics and funding impact wildfire resilience

Valley area that has fire mitigation measures
America’s forests are in a state of fire emergency. Nearly 25% of the contiguous U.S. is at risk of severe wildfire, with Western landscapes bearing the brunt. The areas at greatest risk are those where forests and communities meet, often referred to as the wildland urban interface. These beautiful locales are where more and more people choose to call home…
wildfire, fire, resilience, science, fire science, Grants

Wildfire Risk to Communities

Map of the United States of America showing the areas risk of fire to homes by color.
Wildfires know no boundaries. They can easily cross between federal, tribal, state, and private lands, making it crucial for all communities to know their respective wildfire risks and the actions to take to protect themselves and their neighbors. Last year, wildfires burned nearly 400,000 acres of tribal lands, including reservations and other tribal lands, with additional acreage burned on…
wildlife, fire, wildfire, wildfires, tribal, tribes, wildland fire, risks

Monitoring the Giants: Tracking Resilience of Giant Sequoias After Wildfires

Collage of pictures about the different tools that the natural resource specialists use in the field
The tag designates a witness tree, which serves as a survey tool. Using three witness trees to triangulate the center of the plot makes it easier for future crews to find the site for monitoring work. (USDA Forest Service photo by Jamie Hinrichs)  The accumulation of low-growing vegetation close to giant…
sequoia, fire, wildfire, wildfires, fire science, resilience, science, hazards

Discovering Dispatch: Behind the first call

Black and White picture of a zone fire dispatcher at Shasta National Forest
Interagency dispatchers work behind the scenes and play an indispensable role following an initial report of a wildfire from fire lookout towers or from 911 calls. (Forest Service photo by Zach Behrens)As wildfires burn across the American west, firefighters from Maine to California respond to the call. But who initiates the call? Behind every engine,…
wildfire, Dispatch, Emergency Services, careers, wildland firefighting