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Wildfire News Of The Day (the Firebomber Publications blog) provides comprehensive international wildfire news. Subscribers include over 10,000 personnel from fire agencies, contractors, and government entities on five continents. "BEST NEWSLETTER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY 32 YEARS IN THE FIRE SERVICE" - San Diego Fire Department Chief Brian Fennessy.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Wildfires and the Pandemic – What’s Ahead


Wildfire NOTD subscriber Bob Roper, Policy Advisor at the Western Fire Chiefs Association, sent along his thoughts on how the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing fire officials across the U.S. to adapt wildfire management practices.

Wildfires and the Pandemic – What’s Ahead

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Where the Wildfires Are


A professor at University of California Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management discussed a new dataset of damage caused by wildfires as part of a broader project on future land use in the Golden State.

Where the Wildfires Are

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Monday, March 30, 2020

It’s time to finally get serious about how to best utilize our aerial fire fighting fleet…


Wildfire NOTD subscriber Bill Derr, former Special Agent in Charge U. S. Forest Service, California Region for 18 years with 20 previous years in fire management, sent along his thoughts on how to better utilize the aerial firefighting fleet with the following intro: "This paper represents the collective views of knowledgeable people in the wildland fire suppression community. The use of wheeled SEAT’s, Fire Bosses and Type 3 helos on initial attack enhances early containment, which is significant now due to the impacts of COVID-19 on fire suppression ground forces. Improved prevention & detection complement this effort."

It’s time to finally get serious about how to best utilize our aerial fire fighting fleet…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Using IoT devices to prevent wildfires


In a podcast, the Department of Homeland Security’s senior science adviser for resilience in the Science and Technology Directorate discussed efforts to see how internet of things technology (IoT) can reduce the wildfire threat.

Using IoT devices to prevent wildfires

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

It may look like a wildflower, but 'stinknet' is a menace to native plants and people


Yet another invasive, dubbed stinknet by botanists and conservationists (scientific name Oncosiphon piluliferum), is posing a wildfire danger to stretches of desert in the Grand Canyon State and beyond.

It may look like a wildflower, but 'stinknet' is a menace to native plants and people

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

State of the Privately Operated Aerial Firefighting Industry


Wildfire NOTD subscriber Tom Lasser, a retired Lt Colonel in the California National Guard, sent along an article which looks at the privately-operated aerial firefighting industry, including the trend towards more Call When Needed contracts, away from Exclusive Use contracts.

State of the Privately Operated Aerial Firefighting Industry

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Photography In The National Parks: When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes


An article from National Parks Traveler Magazine offers some spectacular shots of various national parks across the U.S. as wildfires mar their natural beauty.

Photography In The National Parks: When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

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