Sunday, August 24, 2008

You can be a wildfire monitor!

We're excited here at FUSEE about the release of our new Fire Watch: A Citizen's Guide to Wildfire Monitoring. This publication is full of great information to help you learn to become an effective wildfire monitor.

Wildfire management policies are changing dramatically. Appropriate Management Response (AMR), a new federal policy for wildfire management, is being tested this fire season. This policy allows fire managers to manage wildfires for both community protection and ecosystem restoration. Consequently, citizens need to become informed about these changes to assure wildfire will be managed effectively.

The guide is available right on the homepage. We hope you find it useful.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

The loss of colleagues

We are saddened by the deaths this fire season of our wildland firefighter colleagues. Already this has been a long fire season and there is still hard work for wildland firefighters to do.

Please note the article in the Washington Post about the August 6 helicopter crash. Of the people the helicopter carried, nine are missing and presumed dead and the other four are severely burned.

This tragedy – added to the recent losses of Fire Chief Daniel Packer and firefighters Andrew Palmer, John Hermo, Josh Speigel, and Robert Rolandbrings the total deaths in California to 15 this fire season, according to the Washington Post. The count is rounded out by the civilian found in a burned-out house in Paradise, California.

A great website to visit is the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. This site's focus "is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families." It also lists firefighters who have lost their lives since 2002.

Our hearts go out to the families who have lost their loved ones.

And to those of you out on the fires, be careful, and come home safe.

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