While I am far from a wildland-firefighting expert, this article has several interesting points worth considering no matter where you work or what type of fires you commonly fight.
The first is the general value of lessons learned. While it's hard to substitute first-hand experience, none of us can make it to every noteworthy incident in our departments or elsewhere.
This makes it all the more important that we, regardless of rank or position, constantly read, watch and learn from the experiences of our brother and sister firefighters across the country and around the globe. While it's often said that every fire is unique, the knowledgeable people in this story are already recognizing similarities from the disastrous 2008 fire season and planning accordingly.
REDDING, Calif. — Four years after the catastrophic summer of 2008, fire officials say the brush is drying out and another season is already under way.
Technology has advanced and some of the lessons of that year's lightning fires have led to significant changes in policy and communication. But the forests remain loaded with fuel and most plans for addressing the issue in a broader way are still in their early stages.
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