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If you were a wildland firefighter…

Published: April 30, 2013, 4:13 pm, by Ryan Handy

You’d probably surf the Internet just like everybody else.

But you’d also probably spend some time on these three websites:

1. Inciweb.

Used by the U.S. Forest Service, and other land agencies, to post updates on wildfire incidents around the county. Those of us who watched the Waldo Canyon fire are pretty familiar with this site–a great place to fire updates on acres, damages, and how many firefighters are involved in wildfires . You can also get maps, photos, useful phone numbers and other tidbits about fires near you.

2. National Interagency Fire Center’s “Sit” Report (for April 26)

“Sit” stands for situational–this is a long list of all the current fire activity around the country, monitored by the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho. You can see how many fires are burning in your region (for us in the Rocky Mountain area, there are six fires burning right now). As fires season picks up, these updates should be more frequent. Not quite as user friendly as InciWeb, but still an interesting wrap-up.

Take a look at the regional breakdown of the United States.

3. Wildfire Today

Run by longtime wildland firefighter and former president of the International Association of Wildland Fire, BillĀ  Gabbert, this wildfire blog has a stellar mix of wildfire data and inside “trade” secrets for those non-firefighting types out there.

Anything that remotely, or intimately, concerns the world of wildfires–Gabbert’s got it on his blog. He also runs a separate blog for fire aviation, Fire Aviation, that’s a great guide to all things air tanker.