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Funding for the future

Recently, two documents emerged from the federal government that make for an interesting comparison and provide a glimpse into the future of how wildland...

“It’s Déjà vu All Over Again”

This year’s government shutdown, just like the one a year ago, has trickled down to wildland firefighters and may affect the upcoming 2019 wildfire...

Landing a seat

Single-engine air tanker (SEAT) pilots are carded, or licensed, by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Aviation Management Directorate (AMD). The department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provides training for SEAT pilots.

Here we go again

A new fire season is already upon us. It seems like the last one just ended! Texas released most of its firefighting assets around Thanksgiving with the understanding things would probably get busy again in early spring.

Mentoring the environment

Before the turn of the century, the greatest part of the Southwest United States was made up of vast grasslands covering the rolling plains...

Raindrops keep falling on my head

A friend recently sent me a quote that he found on the Internet … “Everyone wants to be happy. No one wants any pain....


Be honest. We have all done some things we are either ashamed of or feel embarrassed about. Whether it is the time we poured...

Hopes for a Good Year in Australia

Mother Nature is the final authority as far as wildfires are concerned. When you are in the business of fighting fires, she can be your worst enemy or your best friend.

Home Away From Home

When air tanker crews go on duty each year they are often on the road three to maybe even six months at a time.

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