Tagged: fire

The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near in California began on Aug. 17, 2013 and is under investigation. The fire has consumed approximately 149, 780 acres and is 15% contained. U.S. Forest Service photo.

California Fire Resources

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. (News release)   Key National Resources  National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fires and Wildfires Information Guide    Content syndication—embed the content of this page on your own website, to...

Making a Dangerous Job Safer: Report Provides Roadmap Toward Smarter Fire Fighting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collaborated with the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to produce the recent “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting: Summary Report“. In this report, readers find statistics regarding the hazards of fire fighting, damage caused, lives lost and disadvantages faced by fire fighters. ...

The Rising Cost of Fire Operations

A news release last week from the USDA, “New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs” covered Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of a new report from the Forest Service’s issue of shrunken budgets over the last 20 years. “Climate change, drought, fuel buildup and insects and disease are...

Putting Out the Mystery of Fire Incident Causes: NASFM Gives Fire Incident Reporting a Facelift

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation has released a report focusing on these burning questions: why do so many fire incident causes remain undetermined, and how can they improve the system of reporting? The report is called “Conquering the ‘Unknowns’: Research and Recommendations...

New Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finds that that firefighting crews of five or six members are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations when responding to fires in high-rise buildings than crews of three or four. This research will greatly...

2012 Arson Prevention Week May 6-12

The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) theme for the 2012 Arson Awareness Week is “Prevent Youth Firesetting”. “There is a wide variety of juvenile firesetting, such as intentional arson versus a child playing with a lighter. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, juveniles accounted...