Wildfire Articles

Western Fire Chiefs Association's (WFCA) wildfire article library covers a wide range of topics related to wildfires. Explore resources on wildfire preparedness, helping you navigate the ever-present risk of wildfires, and discover invaluable fire safety guidelines. Furthermore, stay informed about the latest fire season trends and patterns, equipping you with knowledge to make informed decisions and better protect your loved ones and your community. Here, you'll find a variety of articles aimed at providing valuable insights and knowledge to help you understand and address the challenges associated with wildfires.

In our ongoing commitment to promote wildfire awareness and safety through accessible information. Our articles are curated to serve a wide audience. Whether you're a firefighter, a community leader, a resident in a fire-prone area, or simply someone interested in learning more about wildfires, our articles are here to assist you. The WFCA is dedicated to offering reliable information in the field of wildfires, and we invite you to explore our articles to enhance your understanding and preparedness.

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Wildfire Articles

Wildfire Risk Index Explained

Jan 18, 2023

FEMA has developed a wildfire risk index to help assess wildfire risk by area of the country. Learn about this index with expert guidance from the WFCA.

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Wildfire Articles

Wildfire Mitigation Examples

Jan 10, 2023

Explore wildfire mitigation examples and detailed considerations to protect your home curated by the experts at the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA).

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Fire Technology

Firefighting Planes: An In-Depth Guide

Jan 3, 2023

Explore the details behind the most popular firefighting planes used in the fire service. From the single engine air tanker to water scoopers to air attack planes.

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Wildfire Articles

Home Ignition Zone Explained 

Dec 20, 2022

Learn the details and critical importance of the home ignition zone with this in-depth guidance from the experts at the Western Fire Chiefs Association.

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Wildfire Articles

10 Largest Wildfires in U.S. History

Dec 13, 2022

Explore the details of the top 10 largest wildfires in U.S. history, from the Dixie Fire in California to the Yarnell Fire in Arizona with this list from the WFCA.

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Wildfire Articles

What is the Financial Cost of a Wildfire?

Dec 6, 2022

The cost of a wildfire comes in many different forms. In this article, we’ll explore the financial cost burden of a wildfire, and where those costs are incurred.

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Wildfire Articles

The Pros and Cons of Prescribed Burns

Nov 29, 2022

Is prescribed burning good or bad? Learn about the pros and cons of prescribed burning with expert guidance from the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA).

Fire Recovery

What To Do After A Wildfire

Nov 22, 2022

Evacuating from a fire can be overwhelming and stressful. Learn what to do after a wildfire with expert guidance from the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA).

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Wildfire Articles

History of California Wildfires

Nov 17, 2022

Explore the history of California wildfires with details on the top 20 largest, most deadly, and most destructive fires as well as interesting stats and figures.

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