Wildland firefighter safety and fire behavior prediction on the fireline
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander; Stephen W. Taylor; Wesley G. Page
Publication Year: 2016

Cataloging Information

  • field guide
  • firefighter travel rates
  • flame length
  • Granite Mountain Hotshots
  • margin of safety
  • ROS - rate of spread
  • Yarnell Hill Fire
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Using the 2013 Yarnell Hill fatality fire in Arizona as a backdrop, this paper considers whether the global wildland fire community has failed on-the-ground firefighters. To begin answering this question two specific lines of inquiry are addressed: (i) was the fire behavior during the major run beyond what would be predicted by currently available guidelines? and (ii) what fire behavior knowledge and tools are available to allow wildland firefighters to assess their 'margin of safety'? A set of three recommendations are offered in light of our findings.

Online Link(s):
Alexander, Martin E.; Taylor, Stephen W.; Page, Wesley G. 2016. Wildland firefighter safety and fire behavior prediction on the fireline. Pages 44-58 in: Proceedings of the 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference, April 20-24, 2015, Boise, ID. Missoula, MT: International Association of Wildland Fire. 393 p.