Contribute to the development of better Safety Zone guidelines

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A safety zone constructed on a wildfire in 2014. (Screen grab from a video about safety zones.)

Phil Dennison of the University of Utah and Bret Butler at the Missoula Fire Lab are working on ways to better characterize safety zones designated by firefighting crews. There is currently very little information available about how safety zones are actually used in practice. The researchers want to determine if current guidelines are practical when implemented by firefighters in the field.

Mr. Dennison and Mr. Butler have developed a form they would like wildfire personnel to complete this summer when they designate an area to be a safety zone. You can download it here (74k pdf file).

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.