Founded in 1936, Fire Management Today has
served the wildland fire community for more than 70 years as a clearinghouse
for new techniques, technologies, and ideas. It has provided a forum
open to anyone with anything useful to share with other wildland
fire professional. In the process, the journal has not only facilitated
information exchange, but also helped build a common history and
culture in the wildland fire community.
Until 1961, the journal kept the same simple design
under its original name, Fire Control Notes. Changes in wildland
fire management policy in the 1970s led the journal to adopt a new
name, Fire Management Notes, which was changed to Fire
Management Today in 2000.
Glancing through old issues of the journal, you
can trace the development of the one-lick method, the 40-man crew,
helicopter use, incident management, fire behavior research, interagency
collaboration, the Cooperative Fire Prevention Campaign, and many
other aspects of wildland fire management.
In 1936, when Roy Headley, head of the Forest
Service's Division of Fire Control, introduced Fire Control
Notes, he had a vision of establishing "a common meeting ground"
for wildland fire professionals. Fire Management Today continues
to provide that forum.
"Fire Management Today and its predecessors collectively now have a 70-year record of publishing on all aspects of wildland fire, including firefighter safety. The authors have served as coordinators and/or contributors for five special issues dealing with the Dude Fire Staff Ride, fire behavior, and prescribed fire published between 2002-2006. Wildland fire safety has been one of the underlying themes throughout all these issues."
See the entire article by D.A Thomas and M. E. Alexander
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