Is LCES Dead?

The following thoughts and observations are derived from my own perspective that is based on 25 seasons filled with two shelter deployments, plenty of near misses, getting hit with branches because I was mesmerized by how awesome falling a burning snag is, falling asleep while driving, falling out on hikes (because I suck at hiking, smoke too much). Oh yeah, as well as one divorce and four or five failed relationships.

Heat Stress: It’s Not Just about Drinking Water

Content Provided by National Technology and Development Program (NTDP) Heat Stress. Heat Cramps. Heat Exhaustion. Heatstroke...  Heat-Related Injury (HRI). More than likely, you’ve heard these terms or possibly experienced symptoms yourself? At some point, we’ve all probably been on a hillside somewhere (listening to or) assisting with a medevac for a possible heat-related injury. If … Continue reading Heat Stress: It’s Not Just about Drinking Water

Hot Water

[This is the "Ground Truths" from the Spring 2020 Issue of Two More Chains.] Hot Water By Travis Dotson Recently, I was prompted to ask myself “Who do I want to be during this pandemic?” I immediately recalled one of many staff ride integrations I have been so fortunate to experience. (If you have yet … Continue reading Hot Water

Throwing Us a Monkey Wrench of Historic Proportions

[This article is featured in the Spring 2020 Issue of Two More Chains.] By Bre Orcasitas The Era Before COVID-19 If you stop and think about it, normal annual preparation and implementation of wildland fire resources is akin to a well-rehearsed orchestra whose members all know their part and come in on cue. An orchestra … Continue reading Throwing Us a Monkey Wrench of Historic Proportions

A Conversation with Annie Schmidt of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

In February, Annie Schmidt, Program Specialist with the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net), featured a conversation she had with Travis Dotson, Analyst with the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center (LCC), on FAC Net’s blog. A few days later, we shared that conversation on this LLC blog site: https://wildfirelessons.wordpress.com/2020/02/18/understanding-complexity-and-risk-in-the-wildland-fire-environment-an-interview-with-travis-dotson. In her conversation with Travis, … Continue reading A Conversation with Annie Schmidt of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Thinking Outside the Stratosphere

On any given day we have contingency plans for our contingency plans and this current pandemic although unprecedented in scale, is exactly the sort of thing that our community has the capacity to navigate. The trick is recognizing and accepting that we cannot continue moving forward as if all things are normal, things are most certainly not normal. The term “think outside the box” might need to be expanded to “think outside the stratosphere.”

Understanding Complexity and Risk in the Wildland Fire Environment: An Interview with Travis Dotson

[This article was originally posted on the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network Blog on February 12, 2020. It is reproduced here with their permission: https://fireadaptednetwork.org/understanding-complexity-and-risk-in-the-wildland-fire-environment-an-interview-with-travis-dotson/.%5D By Annie Schmidt Editor’s Note: FAC Net’s Annie Schmidt had the privilege of getting to know Travis Dotson of the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center when she worked on the Spring Coulee Fire … Continue reading Understanding Complexity and Risk in the Wildland Fire Environment: An Interview with Travis Dotson