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Basic fire behavior and the jargon used by professionals
Take 30 Minutes NOW to Prepare for an Evacuation
Link to InciWeb - Incident Information
Everyone living in a wooded area should have an evacuation plan. It should be discussed periodically, and parts of it should be even be rehearsed.
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Weather: What’s good news for firefighters, what’s bad news.
Learn about tools used for fire management.
Wildland fire engines come in different sizes (Types) depending upon the rate and type of incidents and fuels.
Current and historical wildland fire information from the United States.
Aviation equipment, ground and water handling equipment, and specialized equipment explained.
Influences of topography, fuels, and weather on fire ignition and spread. Course through Meteorology Education and Training.
Variety of maps associated with wildland fire and fire weather.
Listings by state of large fire incidents - includes links to incident websites.
National Park Service site for fire incidents in the parks.
Daily report about large fire incidents across the United States.
Learn more about what prescribed fire is and how it is used in the national parks.
Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed.
A guide for wildfire preparedness published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Red Cross publication with advice on how to prepare for a wildfire.
A document from the Wild Fire Lessons Learned Center decribing what to do when preparing for an evacuation, during an evacuation and when returning to your home after an evacuation.
A basic description of the gear and protective equipment wildland firefighters carry.
The EPA’s site for national, state and local air quality forecasts and warnings.
Links to all state air quality agencies and some counties
Take a look at live webcams in various national parks showing visibility and other effects of changing air quality.
The home page for NPS Air Resources; find information on law, policy, monitoring and current air quality news.
A fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control outlining the risk factors and symptoms of smoke exposure, as well as ways to protect yourself from excessive smoke exposure.
Learn more about the health risks of smoke from wildland fires.
See real-time and historical smoke concentration data from monitors deployed at prescribed fires around the country.
Learn about the FIREWISE Communities program and how to protect your home from wildland fire.
FIREWISE resources for homeowners concerned about protecting their homes from wildland fire.
A checklist of FIREWISE practices from the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.
Tips for enjoying hiking and camping during fire season.
Pictures and descriptions of the landscaping zones surrounding a FIREWISE home, and what landscaping materials are acceptable in each zone. From the Virginia FIREWISE Landscaping Task Force.
Learn about the role fire plays in promoting healthy forests; from the NWCG’s Wildland Fire Education Working Team.
A document outlining the steps needed in a successful evacuation plan, including supplies, communication, special needs and other tips.