fire management


10 ways NAU is making the West more resilient to wildfires

In 1985, federal firefighters responded to 82,591 fires in the United States, which burned a total of 2,896,417 acres. The total cost of suppressing those fires was almost $240 million.  In 2020, the number of fires had decreased by a third—but those fires were dramatically more severe. More than 10 million acres burned, and fire


Wildfire prevention gets boost from behind bars with expanded program

It’s important to have boots on the ground when battling wildfires. And come July 1, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will be able to start putting 1,400 more boots on the ground. That’s when an expansion of a long-running program that lets the department use inmate crews to do forest maintenance will


NAU leading NSF grant that looks at the potential for drones in responding to forest fires

Three NAU researchers won a National Science Foundation grant to study the use of drones in responding to forest fires. Fatemeh Afghah, an associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), is the lead principal investigator in the $1.2 million grant in collaboration with Georgia Tech, the Desert Research Institute and


USDA Forest Service is hiring for wildland fire positions

USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region is seeking individuals interested in making a difference and putting their skills to work in fire management. A variety of positions exist, including seasonal and permanent, full-time work schedules. Approximately 50 positions will be filled across the Southwestern Region. Positions include fire dispatchers, hotshot squad leaders, and prevention technicians, to

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