Wildland firefighting remains a dangerous business, with more than 1,000 people killed in the line of duty since the Great Fire of 1910 in the Northern Rockies. The government reports no deaths for the subsequent 15 years, which may be due to a lack of data. Most firefighting deaths have occurred in the West, and the most common causes were burnovers, heart attacks, and accidents in vehicles or aircraft. Learn more about the issue by checking out our wildfire page and PowerPoint deck.
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- 2013 wildfire season way below average
- Up in smoke: federal wildfire suppression costs are rising
- Viewing the Yosemite Rim Fire in context: images, maps, and graphics
- The fuels dilemma and Western wildfires
- Counting homes in the Western WUI
- Arizona firefighter disaster could be pivotal moment
- Yarnell Hill wildfire is third-deadliest for U.S. firefighters
- Mapping the Wildland-Urban Interface
- A century of wildland firefighter deaths
- Wildfire ignition trends: humans versus lightning
- Gauging wildfire severity with suppression metrics
- Tracking trends in recent wildfire activity