Wildland firefighting, explained

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Oregon Public Broadcasting and Earthfix produced this three-minute video explaining how wildland fires are suppressed. It could be very useful for telling the uninitiated in very general terms how firefighters put out wildfires. It’s mostly accurate, but it would be possible to nitpick here and there. For example it highlights hot shot crews as the primary initial attack resource without mentioning engines.

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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.

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  1. Wish they didnt finish with the statement that wildfires are a natural and vital part of the ecosystem. Makes it sound like let the forest burn unless homes are threatened. Wildfires kill trees and many if not most forest landowners don’t want their trees killed by fire. But that is typical OPB mantra.


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