The 1994 guide fire: a tragedy revisited
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Hutch Brown
Publication Year: 2019

Cataloging Information

  • fire management
  • firefighter fatalities
  • land management
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Record Last Modified: May 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 61224


ince the 1990s, USDA Forest Service employees and leaders have taken steps to improve the agency's safety record (USDA Forest Service 2018), resulting in a declining number of fatalities since 2010. Yet wildland firefighter entrapments have persisted (NIFC 2018), despite the safety measures, safety training, and personal protective equipment adopted by the wildland fire community. The single greatest common denominator for entrapments is the presence of firefighters on a particular fireground. That raises a policy question: Why and under what circumstances do fire managers try to control wildland fires?

Online Link(s):
Brown, Hutch. 2019. The 1994 guide fire: a tragedy revisited. Fire Management Today 77(3):43-45.