My first permanent job with the Forest Service was as a crew member on the Palomar Hotshots on the Cleveland National Forest in 1975. We learned through the telling of stories by our foremen and superintendents with a large dose of practical experience. I hope you will take a few moments to allow me to tell a story that means a lot to me and I hope to you as well.
In spite of these and many other pieces of research, fire fatalities continue. An often heard phrase in these near-miss and fatal fires is, “the fire behavior was unexpected” or “it blew up.” I’m pleased to announce new research insight for wildland firefighters about Extreme Fire Behavior with the JFSP sponsored publication of Synthesis of Knowledge of Extreme Fire Behavior: Volume 1 for Fire Managers (pdf).
Experience may be the best teacher, but it helps a lot to have the wisdom of science on your side too.