Credit: Susan Hurstcalderone, science and resource teacher, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.
To identify fire risk factors for a property located near a wildland area.
The following are some measures that can be taken to protect a house from wildland fire.
Dilsaver, Larry, and William Tweed. Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource
History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Tucson, AZ: University of
Arizona Press, 1991.
Presents an environmental history of the giant sequoias and explores the role of fire and the issue of biological conservation. Includes maps and an annotated bibliography.
Fuller, Margaret. Forest Fires: An Introduction to Wildland and Fire Behavior,
Management, Firefighting, and Prevention. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
Provides an introduction to forest fires and fire ecology.
Junger, Sebastian. Fire. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001.
Describes raging forest fires in the Western United States and other dangerous situations at home and abroad.
Leschak, Peter M. Hellroaring: The Life and Times of a Fire Bum. East Peoria,
IL: North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 1994.
Chronicles the author's adventures as a forest firefighter.
Maclean, John N. Fire on the Mountain. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1999.
Depicts and analyzes the deadly 1994 fire at Storm King Mountain.
Maclean, Norman. Young Men and Fire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Describes the disaster at Mann Gulch in 1949; considered a classic in firefighting.
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw. Fire: Friend or Foe. New York: Clarion Books, 1998.
Discusses the pros and cons of fire on the ecosystem and examines differing views and policy recommendations about firefighting and controlled burning.
Pyne, Stephen J. Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.
Chronicles the history of fire in the United States; the first of six books in the author's Cycle of Fire series.
Pyne, Stephen J. Fire on the Rim: A Firefighter's Season at the Grand Canyon.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995.
Presents a firsthand account of the author's firefighting days.
Pyne, Stephen J. Year of the Fires: The Stories of the Great Fires of 1910.
New York: Viking, 2001.
Describes the Great Fires of 1910 through eyewitness accounts of the rangers, soldiers, politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, and civilians; and shows how virtually all modern firefighting policies originated from the experiences of 1910.
Sholly, Dan R. and Steven M. Newman. Guardians of Yellowstone: An Intimate Look
at the Challenges of Protecting America's Foremost Wilderness Park. New York:
William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1991.
Describes the fight to protect the land and people of Yellowstone National Park during the forest fires of 1988.
Taylor, Murray A. Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire.
New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2000.
Recounts the author's 20 years of fighting wildfires in the American West.
NOVA Online-Fire Wars
Provides program-related articles, interviews, interactive activities, and other resources.
Shows view of wildland fires from space.
Employment and Careers in Forestry
Lists employment opportunities in the areas of forestry and natural resources, including an article about finding firefighting employment online.
Fire & Aviation Fire Reports
Provides daily fire reports from agencies such as the National Interagency Fire Center, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Also includes archived monthly situation reports dating back to 1994.
Includes background information about fire ecology, a Teacher's Guide with activities and quizzes, and a glossary of fire terms and additional references.
Includes links to global, regional and national fire weather and climate forecasts; near-real time global fire data; and international forest fire news.
Fire Management Today
Provides online issues of Fire Management Today. Topics include wildland fire in communities, wildland fire prevention, wildland fire weather, the role of fire in wildlands, and more.
Fire Management Tools Online
Provides access to a collection of documentation, visuals, graphics, notices, and software contributed by and for the wildland fire management community.
Offers information about wildland fire training and employment with the National Park Service and provides links to other National Park Service sites that contain specific park-related fire information.
Includes daily National Interagency Fire Center Incident Management Situation Report, peak fire seasons map, materials for educators, and more.
Offers information about forest fires and prescribed burning.
National Interagency Fire Center
Features wildland fire statistics, current wildland fire information, and other useful links.
Offers information about fire ecology, a fire danger map, regional reports, and links to additional resources. The section "So You Want to Be a Wildland Firefighter?" highlights some of the qualifications for a career in fighting wildland fires.
Wildland Fire in Yellowstone
Provides history and ecology of wildland fires in Yellowstone.
Wildland Fire Operations
Describes the different command operations used for a fire that falls under more than one agency's jurisdiction. Also includes information about hotshot and helitack crews, smokejumper operations, and more.