Next steps in wildland fire management
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): J. Williams
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • fire case histories
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire injuries (humans)
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • firefighting personnel
  • fuel types
  • hardwood forests
  • histories
  • National Fire Plan
  • pine forests
  • Washington
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: May 22, 2019
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 14442
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From the text ... 'Wildland fire is a high-risk, high-consequence business. It is influenced by high social expectations and a low political tolerance for failure. Our environment is surrounded by uncertainty and danger. It is controlled more and more by our ability to measure, manage, and mitigate risk. In our history, every meaningful advance in wildland fire operations has been marked by some reduction in uncertainty or mitigation of risk, almost always following some accident or tragedy. Our understanding of fire behavior, the technological advances in the tools we use, the protective qualities of the gear we wear, the training we employ, and even some of the early explorations of what we call 'human factors' have all made our work safer. Still, the tragedies at Dude, South Canyon, and Thirtymile and the accident at Cerro Grande remind us of the danger that is always present in our world.'

Online Link(s):
Williams, J. 2002. Next steps in wildland fire management. Fire Management Today, v. 62, no. 4, p. 31-35.