Common denominators of fire behavior on tragedy and near-miss wildland fires
Media Type: Presentation
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
Date: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • aspect
  • firefighter fatalities
  • flare-up
  • slope
  • terrain
  • topographic factors
  • wind shift
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Record Last Modified: September 22, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 58641


Fighting large wildland fires is often compared to a military operation. Each involves such things as: an organization with a general at the head, massive movements of personnel and equipment; tactical aerial support, and long periods of combat and stress until the enemy is finally conquered. Yet, there is one major difference between a military operation and firefighting strategy: In fighting fires we always figure that no firefighters will die, whereas in a military operation there is always a calculated risk of death of soldiers. In spite of this philosophy, many people have lost their lives on wildland fires in the United States.

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