Maryland Wildfire

The Maryland Wildfire Archived News Page

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Below is a posting of news that Maryland Wildland Fire Crew members might find interesting or useful. Be sure to check back from time to time for updates. If you have something you would like to have communicated to your fellow crew members, just e-mail the webmaster.

3/1/2016 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2016 training dates will be from June 4th through June 10th, 2016. For more information including course schedules and registration information, see the MAWFTA website by clicking here. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early!
2/24/2016 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: Virginia has announced that the 2016 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held May 24th through May 28th 2016 at Longwood University. Click here for a link to the Virginia DOF registration website. Registration deadline is March 31st, but hurry, most popular classes fill quickly.
1/29/2016 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that registration for the annual Pack Test and Refresher training for 2016 is now open. The dates are Friday April 29th, and Saturday May 14th. Registration deadline is March 30th and seating is limited so register ASAP. Click here for the official training information release. For information on the work capcity guide and related forms, see Work Capacity Guide and Work Capacity Forms. Each firefighter needs to complete the Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer "yes" to any question, you need Medical Clearance form from your doctor. Click here for the Medical Clearance form. If you answer "no" to all questions, the Medical Clearance form is not needed. You should bring the completed Health Screening Questionnaire and the completed Informed Consent forms to the pack test with you. Click here for a link to the Health Screening Questionaire and Informed Consent forms.
10/17/2015 Seasonal Wildland Fire positions with the FWS available in Maryland: The Blackwater NWR has two Seasonal Forestry Technician/Firefighter positions available with work running from January to potentially late May or early June. Last year Blackwater completed over 40 burns in 5 states. Positions are posted in USA Jobs. Hurry, the jobs were just posted last week and they aren't usually posted very long.
9/3/2015 New Pants & Shirts: Many of you might have noticed that there is a new style of pants and shirts showing up in the Nomex Exchange at fire camps increasingly more starting last year and even more so this year. These changes are based on several years worth or research and testing. Click here to read more (PDF doc).
8/13/2015 MDS#2: Maryland is sending its second crew of the year out Saturday. Currently the crew, MDS#2 is scheduled to fly to Montana Saturday and will be assigned to a fire from there. Don't know if we will be able to get updates on the crew regularly, but if we do you will be able to Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
8/12/2015 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) is raising its preparedness level from 4 to 5 tomorrow morning due to increasing fire activity. 5 is the highest level possible. Fire activity remains high in California and the Pacific NorthWest, and is now increasing in other areas such as the Northern Rockies the last few days due to significant lightning starts and increasingly hot and dry weather. The last time the preparedness was raised to a level 5 was Aug 2013. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
8/3/2015 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) raised its preparedness level from 3 to 4 this afternoon due to increasing fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
7/31/2015 MDS#1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out tomorrow. Currently the crew, MDS#1 is scheduled to fly to Redding California Saturday and will be assigned to a fire from there. Don't know if we will be able to get updates on the crew regularly, but if we do you will be able to Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
7/25/2015 NIFC Safety Advisory: The Risk Managment Committee last week released an advisory concerning the application of bug spray to helmets and the resulting delamination and cracking experienced by one crew this summer after an assignment to Alaska. Click here to read the advisory (PDF document).
6/25/2015 Crew members: Don't forget to contact the State Fire Supervisor and both Regional Fire Managers via email about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, they don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Eastern area has already started sending Eastern area crews out west (first 5 were dispactched Tuesday to Alaska). Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today!
6/25/2015 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) raised its preparedness level from 2 to 3 this week due to increasing fire activity in multiple regions.. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
5/10/2015 Crew Shirts and Sweatshirts: A limited number in various sizes are still available (mostly shirts). Please click here (MS Word document) to view additional information if interested. Email the webmaster to confirm availability and shipping costs.
2/4/2015 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: Virginia has announced that the 2015 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held May 26th through May 30th 2015 at Longwood University. Click here for a link to the Virginia DOF registration website. Registration deadline is March 30th, but hurry, most popular classes fill quickly.
2/4/2015 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2015 training dates will be from June 6th through June 12th, 2015. For more information including course schedules and registration information, see the MAWFTA website by clicking here. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early!
2/2/2015 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and L180 Human Factors on the Fireline training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of March 30th. Registration deadline is March 15th and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (Adobe PDF doc).
1/30/2015 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that registration for the annual Pack Test and Refresher training for 2015 is now open. The dates are Friday May 1st, and Saturday April 25th. Registration deadline is April 3rd and seating is limited so register ASAP. Click here for the official training information release. For information on the work capcity guide and related forms, see Work Capacity Guide and Work Capacity Forms. Each firefighter needs to complete the Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer "yes" to any question, you need Medical Clearance form from your doctor. Click here for the 2015 Medical Clearance form. If you answer "no" to all questions, the Medical Clearance form is not needed. You should bring the completed Health Screening Questionnaire and the completed Informed Consent forms to the pack test with you. Click here for a link to the Health Screening Questionaire and Informed Consent forms.
12/15/2014 FS Seasonal Position Announcement: The Allegheny National Forest has announced that it will have 2 full-time temp 6 month positions opening this spring (start date March 8th). Deadline to apply is 12/31/2014. Click here for announcement document (Word Doc). Housing is available.
12/15/2014 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced it will be offering S200 Initial Attack Incident Commander training this winter. Training will be February 3rd-5th. Registration deadline is January 16th and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (pdf doc).
10/14/2014 Seasonal Wildland Fire positions with the FWS available in Maryland: The Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex located in Cambridge, Maryland has two sesonal job positions available. Click here for announcement and links to the posting in USA jobs Hurry, the posting just opened and closes on 10/23/14.
10/10/2014 IHC Announcement: The Midewin Hot Shot Crew annual sesonal job announcements are now available. Click here for announcement documents (zip folder with documents). If you think you have what it takes and are interested, hurry, applications need to be in soon.
9/15/2014 MDS#3: Maryland is sending its third crew of the year out tomorrow. Currently the crew, MDS#3 is believed to be heading to the Placerville area of Californaia (likely to the new King fire that broke out over the weekend quickly growing to 2500 acres), but that isn't confirmed.. Don't know if we will be able to get updates on the crew regularly, but if we do you will be able to Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
8/31/2014 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of October 20th. Registration deadline is October 10th and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (Link to DNR website).
8/5/2014 Crew Update: MDS#1 returned today after two weeks working on the Watermelon Hill and Logging Unit fires in Washington and Oregon. Welcome back everyone! Maryland is sending its second crew of the year out this morning as well. Currently the crew, MDS#2 is scheduled to fly to Redding California and will be assigned to a fire from there. Don't know if we will be able to get updates on the crew regularly, but if we do you will be able to Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
7/18/2014 MDS#1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out tomorrow morning. Currently the crew, MDS#1 is scheduled to fly to Redmond Oregon Saturday and will be assigned to a fire from there. Don't know if we will be able to get updates on the crew regularly, but if we do you will be able to Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
7/17/2014 Crew members: Don't forget to contact the State Fire Supervisor and both Regional Fire Managers via email about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, they don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Eastern area has already started sending Eastern area crews out west (first 5 were dispactched today). Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today!
7/15/2014 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) raised its preparedness level from 2 to 3 today due to increasing fire activity in multiple regions.. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
6/13/2014 Fire Shelter Survey: See the attached document on how the USFS T&D program is initiating a reiew of the current Fire Shelter program and in working with the NWCG have created a short survey for all wildland firefighters to take (survey open through June 28, 2014) Link to survey and additional information can be found by Clicking Here (Adobe PDF Document).
5/18/2014 AD Defensive Driver Training - OPTIONAL - Federal Drivers Card: The US Forest Service now requires a federal drivers card for AD's to drive government or rental vehicles on fire incidents. This is entirely optional for AD (Casual) firefighters. Firefighters dispatched as State Employees (not AD's) are covered under current state procedures and do not require a federal drivers card. A Defensive Driving course certificate within the past 3 years is required to obtain a card. MFRI EVOC, National Safety Council, or other similar courses are acceptable. The lowest cost option online we have found is available through GSA at: http://www.safetyserve.com/gsa. Any AD firefighters interested in obtaining a federal drivers card can submit their certificate to their Regional Fire Manager and they will process with the US Forest Service to obtain a federal drivers card.
4/28/2014 Crew Shirts and Sweatshirts: A limited number in various sizes are still available. Please click here (MS Word document) to view additional information if interested. Webmaster will have them at the Western Region Pack test May 10th... Bring Cash or Check please so you don't have to pay for shipping!
4/20/2014 AD Rate Announcement: For those of you on the crew that are volunteers that get paid under the AD rate system it has been announced that the rates for 2014 are increasing slightly for the first time in several years. If you are interested in seeing the all pay grades, more information can be found by Clicking Here (Adobe PDF Document).
2/28/2014 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2014 training dates will be from June 7th through June 13th, 2014. For more information including course schedules and registration information, see the MAWFTA website by clicking here. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early!
2/3/2014 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that registration for the annual Pack Test and Refresher training for 2014 is now open. The dates are Friday April 25th, and Saturday May 10th. Registration deadline is April 4th and seating is limited so register ASAP. Click here for the official training information release. For information on the work capcity guide and related forms, see Work Capacity Guide and Work Capacity Forms. Each firefighter needs to complete the Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer "yes" to any question, you need Medical Clearance form from your doctor. Click here for the Medical Clearance form. If you answer "no" to all questions, the Medical Clearance form is not needed. You should bring the completed Health Screening Questionnaire and the completed Informed Consent forms to the pack test with you. Click here for a link to the Health Screening Questionaire and Informed Consent forms.
1/15/2014 IHC Announcement: The Midewin Hot Shot Crew annual sesonal job recruitment announcement. Click here for announcement (MS Word document). If you think you have what it takes and are interested, hurry, the deadline is just a few days away.
12/6/2013 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of March 24th. Registration deadline is March 10th and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (adobe pdf).
12/6/2013 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for firefighters wishing to take S131 Wildland Firefighter Type 1 (Squad Boss). This course is one of several requirements future Squad Boss / ICT 5 candidates must complete. Training will be January 30th. Registration deadline is January 16th and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (adobe pdf).
11/22/2013 IHC Announcement: The Midewin Hot Shot Crew annual sesonal job announcement is now available. Click here for announcement (MS Word document). If you think you have what it takes and are interested, hurry, applications need to be in by year end.
8/26/2013 MDS#3: Maryland is sending its third crew of the year out. Currently the crew, MDS#3, is scheduled to mobilize to Montana. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
8/25/2013 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of October 7th. Registration deadline is September 27th and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (Link to DNR website).
8/4/2013 MDS#2: Maryland is sending its second crew of the year out. Currently the crew, MDS#2, is scheduled to mobilize Wednesday, 8/7 as part of a 5 crew module to the Lodgepole fire in Idaho. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
7/21/2013 Crew Shirts and Sweatshirts: Missed out on purchasing crew shirts or sweatshirts at the pack test? A limited number in various sizes are still available. Please click here (MS Word document) to view additional information if interested.
7/21/2013 MDS#1: Crew is flying back today and should be demobilized tonight or tomorrow morning. Welcome back everyone!
7/11/2013 Crew Member Reminder: A reminder to all members that a list of required and recommended gear for all crew members is in the FAQ section of the website. While offically not required, all members are STRONGLY encouraged to pack some sort of rain gear. Most crew members carry some sort of poncho as well as cooler weather gear like a heavy sweatshirt.
7/7/2013 MDS#1: Maryland sent its first crew of the year out. Currently the crew, MDS#1, Mobilized over the weekend and is currently assigned to the Stuart Creek #2 fire in Alaska. As of this morning, the fire was currently at zero percent containment and over 40,000 acres. Don't know if we will be able to get updates on the crew regularly, but if we do you will be able to Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
6/30/2013 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: New York has announced that the 2013 Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held June 1st through October 25th through Nov 3rd.. Click here for a link to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website for details.
6/21/2013 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) raised its preparedness level from 2 to 3 today due to increasing fire activity in multiple regions.. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
6/13/2013 Crew members: Don't forget to contact the State Fire Supervisor and both Regional Fire Managers via email about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, they don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Eastern area has already started sending Eastern area crews out west (first 2 were dispactched today). Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today!
5/4/2013 Sack Lunch Survey: The National Food Contract regarding Wildland Fire is up for renewal! Here's a short survey focusing on the sack lunches that are given in fire camp. Looking for positive/professional feedback from the boots on the ground, we have fire season 2013 to get in our suggestions. Of course if changes occur they would not be seen until 2015 fire season. Here's a chance to be a voice, please circulate to all line going personnel, the deadline for this survey is August 30, 2013. http://fs24.formsite.com/odepue/firesacklunchsurvey/index.html
3/28/2013 Prescribed Burn Opportunity: Volunteer wildland firefighters are being sought to assist with prescribed burns at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area near Owings Mills, Maryland during the months of April and May. Firefighters must be trained (S130/S190) and have passed the arduous fitness test within the past year or signed up for a test in the near future. Contact Wayne Tyndall of the Wildlife & Heritage Service, MD DNR at wtyndall@dnr.state.md.us
3/24/2013 All MD Wildland Fire Crew members - NEW TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: NWCG 310-1 update effective 10/01/2012 now requires all firefighters to have completed NIMS training. IS-700a is now required for all FFT2 and higher positions. If you have not previously completed the course, it is available online at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-700.a Provide a copy of your completed training certificate to Ric Lillard rlillard@dnr.state.md.us or Chris Robertson crobertson@dnr.state.md.us Red Cards will NOT be issued to any firefighter that has not completed this training. IS-200b (or I-200) is now required for all new ICT5 positions or current ICT5(T). If you have not previously completed the course, it is available online at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-200.b Provide a copy of your completed training certificate to Ric Lillard rlillard@dnr.state.md.us or Chris Robertson crobertson@dnr.state.md.us Current ITC5 remain qualified. Task Books will not be issued for any ICT5 position or higher until this training is completed and Red Cards quals will NOT be issued to any ICT5(T) that has not completed this training. It is suggested that all ICT5 and higher positions complete this course if you have not already done so.
3/7/2013 T Shirts and Sweatshirts: We are currently taking orders for Short Sleeve T Shirts and Sweatshirts. Hurry, we are looking to get orders by 3/15 so we can deliver shirts at the annual refresher training in April and May. Click here(word doc) for details.
2/1/2013 Burn Crew Leader Job Opening: The Nature Conservancy, who is looking for a Restoration Crew Leader on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (March through Sept),The information is currently posted on the Bulletin Board. Must be FFT 1 (squad boss) qualified.
1/31/2013 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2013 training dates will be from June 8th through June 14th, 2013. For more information including course schedules and registration information, see the MAWFTA website by clicking here. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early!
1/30/2013 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of March 11th. Registration deadline is March 1st and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (Link to DNR website).
1/30/2013 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that registration for the annual Pack Test and Refresher training for 2013 is now open. The dates are Saturday April 20th, and Friday May 10th. Registration deadline is April 3rd and seating is limited so register ASAP. Click here for the official training information release. For information on the work capcity guide and related forms, see Work Capacity Guide and Work Capacity Forms. Each firefighter needs to complete the Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer "yes" to any question, you need Medical Clearance form from your doctor. Click here for the Medical Clearance form. If you answer "no" to all questions, the Medical Clearance form is not needed. You should bring the completed Health Screening Questionnaire and the completed Informed Consent forms to the pack test with you. Click here for a link to the Health Screening Questionaire and Informed Consent forms.
1/3/2012 Training Announcement: The New York Wildfire and Incident Management Academy is currently planning on holding a Spring Prescribed Fire Academy from April 8 - April 15, 2013 . Click here for link to the announcement .
12/13/2012 IHC Announcement: As some of you might know, MDS#2 last summer ran IA across the George Washington/Jefferson NF in Virginia with some Hot Shots. One of them has passed along the Midewin Hot Shot Crew annual sesonal job announcement. Click here for announcement (Adobe pdf document). If you think you have what it takes and are interested, hurry, applications need to be in by year end.
9/9/2012 Crew news: Maryland crew members are still deployed out west currently either as single resources or as part of the Pennsylvania State Crew currently deployed to the Millie fire in Montana. In that case 3 crew members are on the crew. They report that they are doing mostly mop up and hazard tree abatement.
9/1/2012 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of October 15th. Registration deadline is October 5th and seating is limited. Click here for the official training announcement (Adobe pdf document).
8/17/2012 MDS#4: Maryland is sending its forth crew of the year out. Currently the crew, MDS#4 is scheduled to mobilize Saturday for Idaho. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
8/9/2012 Crew members: Don't forget to contact the State Fire Supervisor and both Regional Fire Managers via email about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, they don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Currently they are trying to get resources together to staff MDS#4. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today! Click here for the State Fire Supervisor & Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
8/6/2012 MDS#3: Maryland is sending its third crew of the year out. Currently the crew, MDS#3, has mobilized and is leaving from Harrisburg in the morning as part of a 5 crew module. They are currently listed as going to the SawTooth National Forest in Idaho to the Cave Canyon fire. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
7/18/2012 MDS#2: Press release by the Maryland DNR concerning MDS#2. Nice job guys (and gals)! . Click here to link to the News release.
6/29/2012 MDS#2: Maryland is sending its second crew of the year out. Currently the crew, MDS#2, is scheduled to mobilize this tomorrow. They are currently listed as going to Virginia to the Point 2 fire. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
6/26/2012 NIFC Advisories: Recent fire activity has prompted fuels/fire behavior advisories to be posted by NIFC for many parts of the Western United States. Click here for the link to the advisory map (this is a must read for crew members planning on going out West this year).
6/23/2012 MDS#1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out. Currently the crew, MDS#1, is scheduled to mobilize Sunday, June 24th. They are currently listed as going to preposition as part of an Eastern Area module in Colorado. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
6/20/2012 Crew members: Don't forget to contact the State Fire Supervisor and both Regional Fire Managers via email about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, they don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today!
6/3/2011 AD Rate Announcement: For those of you on the crew that are volunteers that get paid under the AD rate system it has been announced that the rates for 2012 will remain unchanged from 2011. If you are interested in seeing the all pay grades, more information can be found by Clicking Here (Adobe PDF Document).
6/2/2012 European Style Crew Decals are again available. Click here (Word doc) for more information and how to order.
5/6/2012 Crew listing: Crew members: Don't forget to contact the State Fire Supervisor and both Regional Fire Managers via email about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, they don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today! Click here for the State Fire Supervisor & Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
4/16/2012 Maryland Wildfire Activity: Drought conditions continue to persist and even worsen in the Maryland region as well as in much of the mid-Atlantic, keeping local firefighters and DNR personnel busy. Click here for all the local Maryland Wildfire news reports or Here for Maryland Brushfire news reports. Be safe... in some areas (particularly during red flag days) fire behavior is definitely more active then most local resources are used to seeing.
4/15/2012 European Style Crew Decals are again available. Kia will have them for sale at the Western Region pack test. This is the same design as last time, but the sticker size is slightly larger. It's a 4X6 oval. The price is $2 each. All profits go to buy gear for the crew. If crew members that are not going to be at the Western Region pack test are interested in buying stickers, information will be posted shortly on how to get them. Click here to see what they will look like.
2/15/2012 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: Virginia has announced that the 2012 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held May 30th through June 2nd 2012 at Longwood University. Click here for a link to the Virginia DOF website. Registration deadline is April 15th, but hurry, most popular classes fill quickly.
2/15/2012 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that registration for the annual Pack Test and Refresher training at Sandy Point State Park on Friday, April 20th is FULL. There is still currently available space in the Saturday May 5th test at Big Pool.
2/12/2012 Historical fires in Southern Maryland: A nice article on some of the more historical fires in southern Maryland including some surprsingly large wildfires. Click here for a link to the article in SoMdNews.com
2/11/2012 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: A note from Monte concerning the annual Pack Test. Each firefighter needs to complete the Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer "yes" to any question, you need Medical Clearance form from your doctor. Click here for the Medical Clearance form. If you answer "no" to all questions, the Medical Clearance form is not needed. You should bring the completed Health Screening Questionnaire and the completed Informed Consent forms to the pack test with you. Click here for a link to the Health Screening Questionaire and Informed Consent forms.
2/1/2012 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that registration for the annual Pack Test and Refresher training for 2012 is now open. The dates are Friday April 20th, and Saturday May 5h. Registration deadline is April 6th and seating is limited so register ASAP. Click here for the official training information release. For information on the work capcity guide and related forms, see Work Capacity Guide and Work Capacity Forms.
1/25/2012 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that information for the annual Pack Test and Refresher training for 2012 will be made available February 1st. Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.
1/25/2012 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 � Wildland Firefighter, S190 � Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 � Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of March 12th. Registration deadline is March 2nd and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (Link to DNR website).
1/24/2012 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2012 training dates will be from June 2nd through June 8th, 2012. For more information including course schedules and registration information, see the MAWFTA website by clicking here. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early!
11/13/2011 Photo Album: The webmaster is starting to assemble photos from MDS#1 and MDS#2 this year. If you have pictures you would like to have considered for the album, please contact the webmaster via the above e-mail link!
11/12/2011 Boot sale:. In the market for new boots? firecache.com has a large variety of quality boots on sale right now. Get them now and have them broken in by next season. Thanks Dan for sending in the tip!
10/26/2011 Prescribed Burn Opportunity: Volunteer wildland firefighters are being sought to assist with prescribed burns at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area near Owings Mills, Maryland during the months of May and November. Firefighters must be trained (S130/S190) and have passed the arduous fitness test within the past year or signed up for a test in the near future. Contact Wayne Tyndall of the Wildlife & Heritage Service, MD DNR at wtyndall@dnr.state.md.us
10/23/2011 MDS#1 & MDS#2: If you were deployed on MDS#1 or MDS#2 this summer and have pictures you would like to be considered for the photo album, please e-mail the webmaster and send them in. The webmaster is starting to collect pictures for the photoalbum at this time.
8/27/2011 MDS#2: The crew returned home last evening safe and sound after a short assignment where the spent much of their time working the Bull North fire in North Carolina just south of the Lateral West fire which was burning in both Virginia and North Carolina in the Great Dismal Swamp.
8/26/2011 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) raised its preparedness level from II to III today due to increasing fire activity as well as anticipated storm response needs in the Eastern and Southern regions. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
8/22/2011 Crew updates: A reminder that you can Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available. Updates are posted almost daily as long as the webmaster has access to the internet.
8/22/2011 MDS#2: Maryland is sending its second crew of the year out. Currently the crew MDS#2 is scheduled to mobilize Tuesday, Aug. 22nd at 1000. They are currently listed as going to Lateral West fire in the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. For updates on the fire via inciweb, click here.
7/7/2011 Engine deployments: Many of the crews members have been deployed this spring to the Southern Region on engine assignments. As of earlier this week, the crew of engine #55 (one of the state's Type 4 engines) was half way through their deployment in Muleshoe, Texas. They report that after battling a 5700 acre fire earlier in their assignment, the 4 person crew is on initial attack at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and the Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Click here for one of the early DNR press releases concerning engine deployments earlier this year.
6/21/2011 MDS#2: Crew members: Still a few people short of a full crew for MDS#2. If you are available, be sure to contact your Regional Fire Manger or the State Fire Supervisor about your availability to participate on the crew. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Click here for the Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
6/15/2011 MDS#2: Crew members: State is trying to put together a MDS#2. Don't forget to contact your Regional Fire Manger or the State Fire Supervisor about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Click here for the Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
6/12/2011 Crew updates: A reminder that you can Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available. Will post some pictures if any of the crew members are able to get an interesting shot sent in. Updates are posted almost daily.
6/8/2011 MDS#1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out. Currently the crew MDS#1 is scheduled to mobilize today. They are currently listed as going to New Mexico for severity preposition. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
6/6/2011 Crew listing: Crew members: Don't forget to contact your Regional Fire Manger about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today! Click here for the Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
6/04/2011 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) raised its preparedness level from II to III yesterday due to increasing fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
4/23/2011 Prescribed Burn Opportunity:. Wildland firefighters are being sought to assist with prescribed burns at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area near Owings Mills, Maryland during the months of May and November. Firefighters must be trained (S130/S190) and have passed the arduous fitness test within the past year or signed up for a test in the near future. Contact Wayne Tyndall of the Wildlife & Heritage Service, MD DNR at wtyndall@dnr.state.md.us
4/2/2011 AD Rate Announcement: For those of you on the crew that are volunteers that get paid under the AD rate system it has been announced that the rates for 2011 will remain unchanged from 2010. If you are interested in seeing the all pay grades, more information can be found by Clicking Here (Adobe PDF Document).
2/18/2011 Wildfire Season in Maryland: Continued dry conditions, warm weather, increasing winds, and low humidity has brought fire weather watches and Red Flag warnings to the region this week. Click here for the current fire weather forecast for your region
2/11/2011 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: Virginia has announced that the 2011 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held June 1st through June 4th 2011 at Longwood University. Click here for a link to the Virginia DOF website. Registration deadline is March 31st.
1/24/2011 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of April 4th. Registration deadline is March 30th and seating is limited. click here for the official training information (Link to DNR website).
1/24/2011 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced the Pack Test and Refresher training for 2011. Please click here for the official training information (Link to DNR website). Dates are Saturday April 30th and Friday May 6th. Be sure to register for the session you plan to attend (registration deadline is April 8th).
1/17/2011 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2011 training dates will be from June 4th through June 10th, 2011. For more information including course schedules and registration information, see the MAWFTA website by clicking here. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early!
1/5/2011 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources offering S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws this winter. Training will be held consecutive weekends at the end of February and beginning of March. Registration deadline is February 11th and seating is limited. Click here for the official training announcement (Adobe PDF document).
10/21/2010 Burn Crew Job Opening: The Nature Conservancy is hiring for a Spring Burn Crew on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (March through May). Please see the Bulletin Board for additional details.
9/7/2010 Wildfire Season in Maryland: Continued dry conditions, warm weather, increasing winds, and low humidity has brought fire weather watches and Red Flag warnings to the region this week. Click here for the current fire weather forecast for your region
8/19/2010 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of October 11th. Registration deadline is October 1st and seating is limited. Click here for the official training announcement (Adobe PDF document).
8/14/2010 Bulletin Board Posting: Sustainable Solutions has posted a Prescribed Fire Technician job posting on the Bulletin Board. Please see the Bulletin Board for additional details.
6/11/2010 Crew listing: Crew members: Don't forget to contact your Regional Fire Manger about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today! Click here for the Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
6/05/2010 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) raised its preparedness level from I to II last week due to increasing fire activity in the Alaska and the SouthWest Regions.. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
4/17/2010 Wildfire Season in Maryland: Warm weather, high winds, low fuel moisture, and low humidity continue to fuel spring wildfire conditions here in Maryland today. Red Flag warnings are in place today thoughout much of the state until 9:00 pm tonight. Click here for the current fire weather forecast for your region.
3/33/2010 AD Rate Announcement: For those of you on the crew that are volunteers that get paid under the AD rate system it has been announced that the old rates have changed for 2010. The most significant change impacting volunteer crew members is that the AD rate for FFT1 (Squad Boss) will increase to $19.20 an hour and FFT2 (Crewmember) will increase to $17.40 an hour. If you are interested in seeing the all pay grades, more information can be found by Clicking Here (Adobe PDF Document).
3/9/2010 Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Patch/Stickers: The Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Patch and weather proof decals are again being made available to crew members. Now you can let everyone know that you are a proud member of the Maryland Wildland Fire Crew. A great addition to your pack and helmet. Click Here (MS Word document) for ordering information and to view a picture of an actual patch. Feel free to e-mail the webmaster with any questions.
2/18/2010 Crew Shirts and Sweatshirts: Missed out on purchasing crew shirts, sweatshirts, or stickers at camp last year? A limited number in various sizes will be available at the March 27th Pack Test/Refresher course at the Western MD Rail Trail near Fort Frederick State Park. Please click here (MS Word document) to view additional information if interested (no shipping if you pick up at the Pack Test/Refresher Course).
2/9/2010 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced the Pack Test and Refresher training for 2010. Please click here for the official training announcement (Adobe PDF document). Be sure to register for the session you plan to attend.
2/9/2010 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of May 10th. Registration deadline is April 30th and seating is limited. Click here for the official training announcement (Adobe PDF document).
1/19/2010 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: Virginia has announced that the 2010 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held June 2nd through June 6th 2010 at Longwood University. Click here for a link to the Virginia DOF website.
12/16/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2010 training dates will be from June 5th through June 11th, 2010. For more information including course schedules and registration information, see the MAWFTA website by clicking here. Class sizes are limited so be sure to register early!
11/2/2009 Website Updates: The webmaster is in the process of updating the Photo Album page. Please excuse the construction until it is complete.
2009 Crew Shirts and Sweatshirts: Missed out on purchasing crew shirts, sweatshirts, or stickers at camp? A limited number in various sizes are available. Please click here (MS Word document) to view additional information if interested.

2009 NEW Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Volunteer Program: The Forest Service Fire Management Program has launched a new Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Volunteer Program for use of volunteers to assist the DNR in state. The Operation Order describing the program and forms follow. Volunteers can sign up through the Regional Fire Manager (click here for a link to the Regional Fire Managers contact information). Forms attached are in Word Form (type into the form & print out) and PDF (for printing and filling out by hand).

Click here for the formal announcement (Adobe PDF).

Click here for the Acknowledgment of Rules (M.S. Word document).

Click here for the Equipment Loan Form and click here for the Application (MS Word documents).

Click here for the Equipment Loan Form and click here for the Application (Adobe PDF).

9/1/2009 MDS#1: Here are some links to an article and video that has come out since MDS#1 returned from the LaBrea fire. View video from the NBCWashington.com by Clicking Here, and read an article from the Southern Maryland News by Clicking Here.

Don't forget to send in your pictures if you were on MDS#1. E-mail the webmaster for more information. As soon as enough pictures are sent in, the photo album for the fire will be built!

8/24/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of October 12th. Registration deadline is October 8th and seating is limited. Click here for a link to the official announcment (Adobe pdf document)
8/23/2009 MDS#1: MDS#1 returned yesterday evening after spending 2 shifts on the Big Pole fire in Utah and 11 shifts on the LaBrea fire in Southern California. Welcome back everyone!
8/6/2009 MDS#1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out tomorrow. Currently the crew MDS#1 is scheduled to mobilize Aug 7th and fly to Alaska. Click here to view updates on the crew as they become available.
8/3/2009 Logging Slash Fire Accident Investigation Report: The accident investigation factual report has been released for the incident that involved a hot shot burned July 9th during a pumping operation by fuel and fumes from a jerry can. Click here to view the Adobe PDF Document. Brief report includes pictures and recommendations for all pump operators going forward.
7/29/2009 Fire Activity: The NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from II to III today due to increasing fire activity and the related national mobilization of tactical resources. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
7/21/2009 Logging Slash Fire 72 hour report: The 72 hour report has been released for the incident that involved a hot shot burned July 9th during a pumping operation by fuel and fumes from a jerry can. Click here to view the MS Word Document. Brief report should remind us of how something sometimes considered as routine as a pumping operation requires our complete attention.
7/13/2009 MRE Dairy Shake Recall: The U.S. Military has issued a "Do Not Consume" order/recall for Dairy Shake powder found in MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat) including those distributed by the federal government to wildland firefighters. This recall was issued after the FDA determined that a commercial distributor may have shipped nonfat dry milk, fruit stabilizers, whey protein, and gum products potentially adulterated with Salmonella to their commercial customers between June 2007 and June 2009. All MRE Dairy Shakes are to be considered unsafe and should not be consumed (ie the Dairy Shake component should be destroyed) unless a notice specifically stating otherwise is attached to the pallet/case the MRE originated from. Please click here to view the official notice.
7/8/2009 Fire Activity: The NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from I to II today due to increasing fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
7/5/2009 Heat Illness Safety Advisory: The National Wildfire Coordinating Group just released a safety advisory on heat related illnesses and is worth taking a few minutes to review. Click here to view the advisory.
7/1/2009 Training Announcement: Bedford County Virginia has announced that its 2009 Interagency Wildland Fire Academy will be held this year from September 24th through the 27th. Registration opened today with several different classes being offered. For additional information, please see the Wildland Fire Academy link on the Bedford County Virginia website by clicking here.
6/5/2009 Website changes: Starting in June the webmaster will be testing whether utilizing advertising is a plausible method to help defray the website's annual hosting and maintenance costs. Feel free to e-mail the webmaster with any feedback you might have.
6/2/2009 Crew listing: Crew members: Don't forget to contact your Regional Fire Manger about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today! Click here for the Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
5/19/2009 Crew Shirts and Sweatshirts: Missed out on purchasing crew shirts, sweatshirts, or stickers at camp? A limited number in various sizes are available. Please click here (MS Word document) to view additional information if interested.
5/19/2009 New Mobilization Site: This summer the mobilization site for crews assembling for western wildfires will not be the Madonna Ranger Station. Instead the mobilization site will be the Black Hill Ranger Station at 130 McKinneytown Road in North East. Click here for a link to mapquest to acquire directions. Please contact your Regional Fire Manager with any questions.
4/22/2009 New European Style Crew Decals: In addition to the shirts and sweatshirts that will be available at camp this year (see 3/24/09 announcement below), Kia will have a limited number of European style crew stickers. Click here to see what they will look like.
3/31/2009 AD Rate Announcement: For those of you on the crew that are volunteers that get paid under the AD rate system it has been announced that the old rates have changed for 2009 effective today. The most significant change impacting volunteer crew members is that the AD rate for FFT1 (Squad Boss) will increase to $18.88 an hour and FFT2 (Crewmember) will increase to $17.08 an hour.

3/26/2009 NEW Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Volunteer Program: The Forest Service Fire Management Program has launched a new Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Volunteer Program for use of volunteers to assist the DNR in state. The Operation Order describing the program and forms follow. Volunteers can sign up through the Regional Fire Manager (click here for a link to the Regional Fire Managers contact information). Forms attached are in Word Form (type into the form & print out) and PDF (for printing and filling out by hand).

Click here for the formal announcement (Adobe PDF).

Click here for the Acknowledgment of Rules (M.S. Word document).

Click here for the Equipment Loan Form and click here for the Application (MS Word documents).

Click here for the Equipment Loan Form and click here for the Application (Adobe PDF).

 
3/24/2009 T Shirts and Sweatshirts: We are currently taking orders for Short Sleeve T Shirts, Sweatshirts, and new for this year, Long Sleeve T Shirts with the interagency Crew logo. For a picture of the design that is used on the back, click here. The front has Maryland Fire Crew printed in Red. Click Here for more information (MS Word document). Shirts and Sweatshirts will be distributed at fire camp to save everyone shipping costs.
3/17/2009 Burn Crew Job Opening: The Nature Conservancy, who is hiring for a Spring Burn Crew on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (March through May), still has one opening for a Burn Crew Member. The information is currently posted on the Bulletin Board. Hurry if you are interested, the position will only be posted for one week and starts March 30th.
3/16/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the information and registration forms for this years Fire Camp. Click here for a link to the official registration form and here for the official information form. Camp will be held from Saturday May 16th through Sunday May 17th this year. The deadline for registration is May 1st. Questions should be directed to your Regional Fire Manager.
2/28/2009 Wildfire Season in Maryland: A dry February through out much of the state has created prime wildfire conditions. Check out this article and video from WJZ TV concerning the current conditions including comments from Monte Mitchell, State Fire Supervisor by clicking here.
2/12/2009 Wildfire Season in Maryland: Warm weather, high winds, and low humidity has brought on spring wildfire conditions here in Maryland a little early. Check out this article and video concerning several Maryland fires by clicking here. Red Flag conditions today have been issued for the region. Click here for the current fire weather forecast for your region.
2/9/2009 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of April 20th. Registration deadline is April 10th and seating is limited. Click here for the official training announcement (MS Word document).
2/9/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced the Pack Test and Refresher training for all regions. Please click here for the official training announcement (MS Word document). To register, contact the regional fire manager for the test you plan to attend.
2/2/2009 Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Patch/Stickers: The Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Patch and weather proof decals are now available to crew members. Now you can let everyone know that you are a proud member of the Maryland Wildland Fire Crew. A great addition to your pack and helmet. Click Here to view a picture of one of the new style patches. For ordering information, e-mail John M. by clicking here or contact the webmaster and your message will be forwarded.
1/31/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that Fire Camp this year will be May 16th and 17th at the Broad Creek Scout Camp in Harford County. Refresher training will only be offered at Fire Camp this year. Additionally the Western Region has announced its Pack Test dates. They are Thursday March 26th at 0900 at the Allegany college Fitness Track and Saturday March 28th at 0900 at the Western MD Rail Trail near Big Pool. Additional information concerning fire camp and all the Pack Test dates will be posted as soon as they become available.
1/23/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: Virginia has announced that the 2009 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held June 2nd through June 7th 2009 at Longwood University. Click here for a link to the Virginia DOF website.
1/18/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy has announced that the 2009 training dates will be from June 6th through June 12th 2009. The MAWFTA website can be accessed by clicking here.
1/15/2009 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: Virginia has announced that the 2009 Virginia Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy will be held June 2nd through June 7th 2009. As soon as additional information is available, a link to the Virginia Department of Forestry website will be posted.
1/3/2009 Photo Album: The Iron Complex photo album is complete and work has started on the Whiskeytown Fire photo album. Be sure to check it out on the Photo Album page.
11/5/2008 Burn Crew Job Openings: Several sources have sent in an announcement in regards to crew member job positions that are available through The Nature Conservancy who is hiring for a Spring Burn Crew on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (March through May). The information is currently posted on the Bulletin Board. Hurry if you are interested, applications need to be completed and submitted by 11/30/2008.
10/9/2008 T Shirts: There are still some t shirts available. They are gray in color with the crew logo printed on Gildon Ultra Cotton shirts. They are $15 for M, L, & XL and $16 for XXL. Shipping is $5 for the first shirt and $1 for each additional shirt. For a picture of the design that is used on the back, click here. The front has Maryland Fire Crew printed in Red. E-mail the webmaster to order. Order today, quantities are limited.
10/8/2008 Photo Album: A lot of good pictures have been sent in from MDS#2 and MDS#3. The webmaster will start working on the photo album in the next few days. If you have any pictures to add, please e-mail the webmaster . Also looking for pictures from MDS#1... don't hesitate, share your pictures today!
9/26/2008 Boot News: In October 2006, the Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC) began a project to evaluate standards for wildland firefighter boots used by employees of the various federal wildfire agencies. It is quite comprehensive and a fairly large document. Click here to view a copy of the Analysis of Interagency Wildland Firefighter Boot Standards (Word Document).
9/1/2008 Remembering Yellowstone: NPR is conducting a 5 part series recalling the fires that consumed Yellowstone National Park in 1988. Some of the older Maryland Crew memebers were actually there. Click here for a link to the NPR story.
8/30/2008 Boot News: Over the past year there has been discussion concerning the use of La Sportiva Glacier boots in lieu of the traditional Logger style boots crew members wear. Please see the attached Lessons Learned document concerning the failure of a pair of these boots this summer. Click here to view a copy of the Lessons Learned Notice (Word Document).
8/15/2008 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of October 13th. Registration deadline is October 8th and seating is limited. Click here for a link to the official announcment (Adobe pdf document) Also being offered September 16th is FI-110, Wildland Fire Observations and Origin Scene Protection for First Responders. Registration deadline is September 10th and seating is limited. Click here for a link to the official announcment (Adobe pdf document)
8/12/2008 MDS#2 MDS#3: HomeTownAnnapolis.com reported over the weekend that one of the victims of the helicopter crash on the Iron Complex was a native of Shady Side in Anne Arundel County. Click here for a link to the article.

8/10/2008 MDS#2 MDS#3: Here are some links to articles that have come out since MDS#2 and MDS#3 have returned. First from the Carroll County Times, from the Southern Maryland News, and from WJLA and WMAR.

Don't forget to send in your pictures if you were on any of the crews MDS#1, MDS#2, or MDS#3. E-mail the webmaster for more information. As soon as enough pictures are sent in, the photo album for each fire will be built!

8/7/2008 MDS#2 MDS#3: The crews returned today from the Iron Complex in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Junction City CA. Welcome back everyone! All Maryland crew members have returned safe and sound.

As many of you may already know, tragedy struck the Iron Complex twice while the Maryland Crew was on the Iron Complex in two seperate incidents. Please keep the fallen fire fighters (as well as their friends and families) that didn't return from the Iron Complex in your thoughts and prayers.

7/20/2008 MDS#2 MDS#3: Maryland is mobilizing their 2nd and 3rd crews of the season. Currently the crews MDS#2 and MDS#3 are awaiting word on their departure time, but they are tentatively heading to Northern California Monday July 21. To follow their progress, click here to view the IARR Crew Status Report (Adobe PDF file). This report tracks the movement of Interagency Crews of which the Maryland Wildland Fire Crew is one.
7/19/2008 For crew members who ordered crew t-shirts. The shirts just arrived and look great. They will be dispursed via mail over the next week starting today (as long as the mail room boy doesn't get mobilized for MDS#2 before they are all mailed out). For those still interested, additional details on how to get a shirt will be posted shortly (shirts in some sizes are still available).
7/18/2008 MDS#1: Here are some links to articles that have come out since MDS#1 has returned. First from the Cumberland Times, from the HomeTownAnnapolis.com, and from WBAL TV which includes video. Sounds like the crew had a great time. Glad everyone made it home safe and sound.
7/ 12/2008 MDS#1: The crew is expected to demob this weekend and return to Maryland from the Whiskeytown Complex in the Whiskeytown National Recreational Area near Redding CA. Welcome back everyone!
6/27/2008 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from IV to a V today. This is the highest preparedness level and the earliest we have reached it this early in the year since 1990 (other then in 2002 when we reached it June 21st). For more information on the decision to raise the level Click Here (Adobe PDF document).
6/26/2008 MDS#1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out this week. Currently the crew MDS#1 is awaiting word on their departure time, but they are tentatively heading to California to the Whiskeytown Complex in the Whiskeytown National Recreational Area near Redding CA. Click here for a link to the National Park Service News Release on this complex of fires.
6/25/2008 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from III to IV today due to continued fire activity in California and the SouthWest in addition to projected increased fire activity in the Western Great Basin. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
6/24/2008 Crew listing: Crew members: Don't forget to contact your Regional Fire Manger about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today! Click here for the Regional Fire Manager's contact information.
6/22/2008 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from II to III today due to increased fire activity, particularly in California and the SouthWest. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.
6/9/2008 For crew members interested in crew t-shirts, Kia and Ryan are putting together an order. Turn around for this order is very quick, so please be sure to check out this link for information on ordering (WORD document) provided by Kia. For a picture of the design that is used, click here. Shirts will be similar to last years, only they will be gray instead of black and with a slightly smaller design on the back. Please place your order by 6/20/08 to guarantee your shirt order. After that date shirts will be available on a first come first served basis. A limited number of Black Sweatshirts are also available... contact Kia per the announcement if interested in these as well.

4/20/2008 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources will be having the last of the Spring 2008 Pack Tests/Refresher courses Weds and Sat May 7th and 10th. Please click here for the official training announcement (adobe pdf document).

Also, the photoalbum for MDS#4 is almost complete. Feel free to view what has been created so far on the Photo Album Page.

3/16/2008 For crew members interested in crew t-shirts and sweatshirts, Kia is working on soliciting interest from crew members who would like to order t-shirts or sweatshirts. Also being considered is an alternative color and perhaps hats. They would all incorporate the newer design of the Maryland Interagency Logo created a few years ago. Be sure to check out this link for information if you think you might be interested (WORD document). For a picture of the design that is used, click here.

3/11/2008 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced the Pack Test and Refresher training for all regions. Please click here for the official training announcement (adobe pdf document).

Additionally, The Maryland Forest Service is offering in May the course S-215, Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface. For additional information click here (adobe pdf document).

2/20/2008 MAFFC Sponsored Training: The Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact in conjunction with West Virginia University Division of Forestry & Natural Resources, Morgantown, WV is presenting its second annual wildfire training academy. The Academy will offer courses that are basic to anyone interested in wildfire fighting. Click here for a link to the official website.
1/18/2008 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of April 21st. Registration deadline is April 11th and seating is limited. Click here for a link to the official announcment (Adobe pdf document)
1/12/2008 Training Announcement: The Virginia Department of Forestry has announced the dates for its annual Interagency Wildfire Academy. This year it will be held June 3rd through June 8th at Longwood University in Farmville Virginia. Click here for a link to the Academy web page with additional information.

12/30/2007 Happy Holiday's everyone! The webmaster is working on the MDS#3 and MDS#4 photoalbums and they should be ready in the next few weeks. Sorry for the delay. Keep checking back for 2008 training announcements as they usually become available in January and February.

CBS 60 Minutes ran a segment on MegaWildfires this evening. To listen to the MP3 playback of the report or download the podcast, click here or for the video click here.

9/15/2007 Training Announcements: The Delaware State Forest Service announced RX-340 Introduction to Fire Effects training originally posted on 9/10/2007 has been cancelled. Also, the S-022 Tractor Plow Operations training is at Elk Neck State Forest and the Sandy Cove Conference Center, not Elk Neck State Park as previously announced below. The original 9/10/2007 announcement has been updated to reflect these changes.
9/10/2007 Training Announcements: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted a training annoucement for S-022 Tractor Plow Operations to be conducted October 1st through October 4th at Elk Neck State Forest and the Sandy Cove Conference Center. Click here for the official announcement and details (Adobe PDF). The Delaware State Forest Service's RX-340 Introduction to Fire Effects training sceduled for September 25th through September 28th has been canceled. Click here for the official original announcement and details (Adobe PDF) .
9/2/2007 MDS#4: MDS#4 has been assigned to the Cherry fire on the Klamath National Forest in California. As of this evening, the fire was 80 acres and only 10% contained. For additional information on the Cherry fire, click here!

8/31/2007 MDS#4: MDS#4 has been mobilized and will be meeting at the Madonna Ranger Station at 0200 Saturday September 1st. The crew is headed to the Klamath National Forest in California for lightning severity. Additional information about MDS#4 will be posted to MarylandWildfire.com as it becomes available.

MDS#3 is scheduled to return home today. Welcome back everyone!

8/25/2007 MDS#3: Since returning from Bull Mountain #2 fire MDS#3 has worked two starts. Squad 4 a 0.3 acre grass fire and Squads 1 & 3 a 7 acre grass/slash/timber fire. Their last shift is scheduled for Wednesday and they are preliminarily planning to fly home Thursday.

MDS#4: MDS#4 is currently listed as available and may be mobilized in the upcoming week. Additional information about MDS#4 will be posted to MarylandWildfire.com as it becomes available.

8/21/2007 MDS#3 & MDS#4: MDS#3 was sent to the Bull Mountain #2 fire yesterday for at least 2 planned shifts.  This followed a weekend with no Initial Attack activity for the crew.  Rain was received in the Missoula Area Sunday night as well.  MDS#3 is expected to return to Missoula Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.  MDS#4 is a definate possibility.  Be sure to keep your Regional Fire Manager updated as to your availability.
8/19/2007 MDS#3: MDS#3 made the front page of the Missoulian this morning (the local newspaper in Missoula where they are deployed). A picture from the Black Cat fire includes Jim, Sonny, and Kia next to thier pick-up while doing structure protection. Click here for a link to the Missoulian newspaper and here for a link to the online version of the picture.
8/18/2007 MDS#3: MDS#3 has checked in. They are staying at the same location as MDS#2 and already enjoying some Initial Attack action. Three out of the four squads have already worked one or more fires. Two squads spent Thursday working on the Black Cat fire, a large incident near Missoula. Initial Attack activity is expected to remain high in the area with Red Flag and Fire Weather watches posted for the area over the weekend. They will continue to check in and additional information will be posted to MarylandWildfire.com.
8/17/2007 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the Fall training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19, 2007. Click Here for a link to the official announcement and details (MS Word Document).

8/16/2007 MDS#3: MDS#3 has checked in and everyone has safely arrived in Missoula. They have started their first shift of Initial Attack and are all in good spirits. They will continue to check in and additional information will be posted to MarylandWildfire.com.

8/15/2007 MDS#3: MDS#3 has been mobilized and will be meeting at the Madonna Ranger Station at 0400 Wednesday August 15th. They are currently slated to fly to Montana mobilized for Severity to work Initial Attack around Missoula picking up where MDS#2 left off. Click here for the Eastern Area IARR Report (pdf document) or here for the Eastern Area Managers Report. As information is received from the crew, addition information will be posted to MarylandWildfire.com

8/14/2007 MDS#2: MDS#2  returned home yesterday morning. Welcome back everyone! Don't forget to send in your pictures for the Photo Album page! MDS#3 will possibly be mobilized later this week. As soon as more information concerning MDS#3 is recieved it will be posted to MarylandWildfire.com.

8/8/2007 MDS#2: The crew has checked in and passed along that half the crew went to the Tin Cup fire last Sunday, but returned on Monday.  Additionally the crew is is doing well and continues to perform patrols and Initial Attack around Missoula.  They are currently planning to demob Sunday Aug 12th and will be returning home directly. 

8/3/2007 MDS#2: MDS#2 has checked in and reported that they continue to do well and are keeping busy with new starts. They continue to patrol and work Initial Attack (including the Mile Marker 124 fire which grew into a large fire) around Missoula with Montana DNR engines. The crew is broken into four squads and each squad has its own crew cab pickup truck. Dry thunderstorms are forecasted over the next few days which could cause the Initial Attack in the area to further increase. Additional information concerning MDS#2 will be posted as they check in.

7/29/2007 MDS#2: MDS#2 has safely arrived in Missoula Montana and has already seen some activity working initial attack broken out roughly by squad. They have their own transportation and are working along side several engines. They are currently staying in hotel rooms, have cell phone coverage, and are in good spirits. Additional information concerning MDS#2 will be posted as they check in.

7/27/2007 Maryland Wildfire Activity: WJZ TV has had extensive coverage the last few days related to Maryland's current drought and the related wildfire activity. Click here for a link to coverage of the drought including video that includes Patty A. from MDS#1 filmed at Modonna Weds evening upon the return of MDS#1 from Idaho. Click here for a link to coverage concerning burning bans and wildfire activity in Maryland.

7/27/2007 MDS#2: MDS#2 has been mobilized and will be meeting at the Madonna Ranger Station at 0200 Saturday July 28. They are currently slated to fly to Montana mobilized for Severity and will likely work initial attack or be assigned to a fire once they arrive. To keep up to date on MDS#2 (including the current fire they are assigned to) click here for the Eastern Area IARR Report (pdf document) or here for the Eastern Area Managers Report. Of course as information is received from the crew, addition information will be posted to MarylandWildfire.com

7/26/2007 MDS#2: MDS#2 will be mobilized and sent out sometime in the next few days. According to the Eastern Area Managers Report (Click here), the crew is slated to go to Montana when mobilized. As more information about MDS#2 is received, it will be posted here at MarylandWildfire.com

7/26/2007 Maryland Wildfire Activity: Drought conditions continue to persist in the Maryland region particularly in Southern Maryland and on the Eastern shore, keeping local firefighters and DNR personnel busy. Click here for all the local Maryland Wildfire news reports or Here for Maryland Brushfire news reports.

7/25/2007 Fire Activity: Fire activity has increased significantly over the last two weeks and NIFC has raised the national preparedness level from IV to a V, the highest level. To keep up to date on the fire situation nationally, check out the National Incident Situation Report (Adobe pdf document), updated every morning.

7/25/2007 MDS#1: MDS#1 has returned after spending two weeks at first on the Highway 93 Complex in Nevada then the Tongue Complex in Idaho. Welcome back everyone! Be sure to send in your pictures so they can be posted in the photoalbum.

7/10/2007 MDS#1: MDS#1 will be mobilizing early July 11th and is currently scheduled to deploy to the Highway 93 Complex in northeast Nevada. For more information about MDS#1 (including the current fire they are assigned to) via the IARR report click here (pdf document).

7/9/2007 MDS#1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out this week. Currently the crew MDS#1 is awaiting word on where their tentitive destination will be and when they will be departing. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.

A note from Kia concerning shirt orders: Shirts and sweatshirts are in and she will start shipping them later this week.

7/8/2007 Fire Activity: Fire activity has increased significantly over the last two days, especially in the Eastern and Western Great Basin Regions which have gone to a level V preparedness level. Additionally, NIFC has raised the national preparedness level from III to IV this afternoon. To keep up to date on the fire situation nationally, check out the National Incident Situation Report (Adobe pdf document), updated every morning.

7/6/2007 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from II to III today due to increased fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

Additionally, recent fire activity has prompted fuels/fire behavior advisories to be issued for much of the west. Click here for an interactive map of the advisories.

6/21/2007 A note from Kia concerning shirt orders: Shirts/sweatshirts were ordered on Friday June 15th. Those of you who ordered should have them in about 3 weeks. Kia will have a few extra sweatshirts and T-shirts in size large and extra large. Please CONTACT her to see what she has available if you are interested in ordering something. Her contact information is listed two announcements below.

5/29/2007 Crew listing: Crew members: Don't forget to contact your Regional Fire Manger about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today! Click here for the Regional Fire Manager's contact information.

5/29/2007 For crew members interested in crew t-shirts and sweatshirts, Kia is working on another order of the newer design incorporating the Maryland Interagency Logo created a few years ago. These are the same shirts she had at fire camp and this time also includes sweatshirts (which were unfortunately unavailable at camp). Be sure to check out this link for updated ordering information (WORD document). Hurry, orders are due to Kia by June 12th!

5/16/2007 Maryland Wildfire Resource Availability: Click here to link to the WBAL article and sound bites of Monte Mitchell commenting on Maryland making resources available for wildfires out of state currently as well as talking about ways to avoid starting a wildfire.

5/03/2007 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources will be having the last of the Spring 2007 Pack Tests Friday and Saturday May 4th and 5th. Please click here for the official training announcement (word document). The announcement also references several Health Screening forms. The Health Screening form (word document) we should all be familiar with and the Medical Release form (Adobe PDF document) required if you answer yes to any of the questions in the Health Screening questionnaire.

5/03/2007 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from I to II this week due to increased fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

3/29/2007 For crew members interested in crew t-shirts and sweatshirts, Kia is working on creating a new one for 2007 this time incorporating the Maryland Interagency Logo created a few years ago. Be sure to check out this link for ordering information (WORD document).

3/26/2007 MAFFC Sponsored Training: The Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact in conjunction with West Virginia University Division of Forestry & Natural Resources, Morgantown, WV is presenting a wildfire training academy. The Academy will offer courses that are basic to anyone interested in wildfire fighting. Click here for a link to the complete announcement (Word Document) including contact information concerning Volunteer Fire Assistance grants being offered by the Maryland DNR Forest Service in relation to this training.

3/24/2007 Maryland DNR Website update: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has updated its wildfire website giving it a new fresh look and providing lots of great information. Click here for a link to the new Maryland DNR Wildfire website.

3/21/2007 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the information and registration forms for this years Fire Camp. Click here for a link to the official registration form and here for the official information form. Camp will be held from Saturday May 19th through Sunday May 20th this year. The deadline for registration is May 2nd. Questions should be directed to your Regional Fire Manager.

3/14/2007 Hickey School Proposal: NorthEast Booster.Com reports that the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has proposed utilizing the grounds of the Hickey School Property in Towson as a potential park for either a forestry environmental education area or a wildfire academy. Click here for a link to the entire article.

3/1/2007 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced the Pack Test and Refresher training for all regions. Please click here for the official training announcement (word document). The announcement also references several Health Screening forms. The Health Screening form (word document) we should all be familiar with and the Medical Release form (Adobe PDF document) required if you answer yes to any of the questions in the Health Screening questionnaire.

2/19/2007 Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Wildfire: From AP reports "CAMBRIDGE - Nearly 400 acres of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge suffered fire damage when a prescribed burn exceeded its boundary, according to fire management officers. The Bull Point Fire began last Saturday (2/10/07) on private property west and south of Bull Point but winds moved the fire east and northeast into Bull Point, BNWR Fire Management Officer Joe Krish said."

2/2/2007 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of April 23rd. Click Here for a link to the official announcement and details (word document)

1/26/2007 VDOF training: The Virginia Department of Forestry has announced the dates for its May 2007 Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy as May 7th through May 12th. Click here for a link to more information.

1/21/2007 Fire Camp 2007: There will be a fire camp held this Spring in May 2007. The tentative dates are May 19th and 20th. As soon as details are released we will post them here at MarylandWildfire.com

11/4/2006 Americorp Graduation: The Americorp graduation at Perry Point is scheduled for this Thurs, Nov 9th at 10 a.m. Americorp has had members join the Maryland Wildfire crew for each of the last several years and they are also very active in participating in area RX burns. Feel free to stop by and support your fellow firefighters from Americorp at their graduation!

10/31/2006 MDS#4: Last call for pictures from MDS#4. Construction on the photo album will start in the next week. Thank you to everyone who has submitted pictures this fall from all the MDS crews! There were so many pictures submitted it was really tough just to pick a few to post to the photo albums. Pictures from the Potato, South Fork, and Turtle Lake fires are complete and available for viewing on the Photo Album page.

10/3/2006 Notes concerning MDS#2 Potato Fire: If anyone would like to order shirts for the Potato/Zane fire they are now available, click here for more information. Also, the photoalbum is now under construction and should be completed shortly, be sure to check it out! Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures.

9/29/2006 Training Announcement: The Eastern Region has announced that it will be conducting S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw Training in mid November. Registration deadline is Nov. 1. For additional information click here (WORD doc).

9/21/2006 MDS#4: MDS#4 is traveling back to the RattleSnake Complex today and will start return travel home tomorrow. Welcome back everyone! Be sure to send in your pictures so they can be posted in the photoalbum.

9/18/2006 MDS#4: MDS#4 has been reassigned to the Boundary Complex. For more information, click here. The crew is taking down structure protection and the fire is scheduled to start wrapping up on 9/20/2006. No word on their next assignment yet. Fire behavior in the area has moderated with the snow that fell last weekend and with the cooler temperatures that have been experienced.

9/18/2006 Other News: The Turtle Lake WFU fire photo album is complete. Thank you to all who sent in pictures. We are still looking for more pictures from MDS#2 and MDS#3. The photo albums for the Potato Fire and South Fork Complex will be started in just a few weeks. E-mail the webmaster for details on how to best submit your photos.

9/15/2006 MDS#4: MDS#4 departed today from the Cuddy Complex after spending several days spiked out. They are now heading to the Red Mountain Fire also in Idaho. For more information, click here.

9/9/2006 MDS#4: MDS#4 departed this evening at 6:00 PM from Harrisburg heading to Idaho to the Cuddy Complex in the Payette National Forest. Click here for yesterday's news release on the complex. For ongoing updates on the Cuddy Complex, click here.

9/8/2006 MDS#4: Maryland is mobilizing its fourth crew of the year, Saturday Sept 9th. Currently the crew, MDS#4, is scheduled to go to Idaho to the Cinder Fire in the Payette National Forest as part of a module of Eastern Area crews. No schedule yet on when they will be departing from Harrisburg. Brian S. and Shannon W. will be the Crew Boss and Crew Rep. More info will be posted as soon as it is available.

9/6/2006 MDS#4: MDS#4 is now listed as available for deployment (MarylandWildfire.com will post an update if they are deployed). Minnesota fire activity has also increased over the past several days. For more information and the status of resources including available crews in the Eastern Area Click here.

9/6/2006 For crew members interested in the blue crew t-shirts that Kia worked on creating for the crew last season be sure to check out this link for ordering information (WORD document). For a picture of the actual shirt click here for the Front and here for the Back. All orders are due into Kia by Sept 30th.

8/30/2006 MDS#3: MDS#3 will be returning by weeks end after spending two weeks at the South Fork Complex in Idaho. Welcome back everyone! Be sure to send in your pictures so they can be posted in the photoalbum.

8/22/2006 MDS#2: MDS#2 has returned after spending two weeks at the Potato Fire in Idaho. Welcome back everyone! Be sure to send in your pictures so they can be posted in the photoalbum.

8/20/2006 MDS#3: Members from MDS#3 continue to check in from the South Fork Complex and have passed along that they continue to be staged at base camp for initial attack. Spirits remain high and the crew is in very good spirits. Click here for link to pictures sent in from Ranger Rick this evening from fire camp (gotta love technology). As additional pictures are sent in, this link will be updated.

For crew members interested in the Blue Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Shirts, a link will be posted shortly after MDS#3 returns on who to contact and how to order them.

8/18/2006 MDS#3: Ranger Rick on MDS#3 called in this evening from the South Fork Complex near McCall, Idaho. The crew, which was split up yesterday, was reunited today after the squad which had spent the night spiked out on a remote 1/10th acre fire returned. The crew is currently staged at the main camp for initial attack.

8/17/2006 MDS#3: Kia J. and John M. on MDS#3 called in today from the South Fork Complex near McCall, Idaho. The entire crew is doing well and is in good spirits under the leadership of Brian S. and Dan B.. The crew had spent the morning on initial attack and at the time of the call was being broken up into smaller groups and were being flown by helicopter to various small fires in the area to work on for the day.

8/14/2006 MDS#3: Maryland is sending its third crew of the year out this week. Currently the crew MDS#3 is scheduled to go to Elliston, Montana to the Mullen Pass Fire. As of this morning the fire was staffed with only one Type 2 crew. Check back and more info will be posted as soon as it is available.

*** UPDATE*** MDS#3 is now going to the South Fork Complex near McCall, ID. Crewmembers will be assemblying at Madonna at 2am on Tuesday. This complex is currently being commanded by Suwyn's Type 2 IC team. The complex is made of of 25 different fires. Daily updates can be found by clicking here or by clicking here.

8/6/2006 MDS#2: MDS#2 has arrived at the Potato Fire in Idaho and according to the daily Interagency Resource Representative Report (IARR) are building direct line. For more information about MDS#2 via the IARR report click here (pdf document).

8/3/2006 MDS#2: Maryland is sending its second crew of the year out Friday Aug 4th. Currently the crew MDS#2 is scheduled to go to Idaho to the Potato Fire. Chuck H. and Shannon W. will be the crew boss and crew rep respectively. For more information about the fire click here.

8/3/2006 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from IV to V this week due to increased fire activity. Five is the highest level of preparedness utilized. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

8/3/2006 MDS#1: MDS#1 returned today from Minnesota after having spent 2 weeks working on the Turtle Lake Wildland Fire Use Fire. For more information about the Turtle Lake WFU click here (pdf document).

7/19/2006 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from III to IV this week due to increased fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

7/18/2006 MDS #1: Maryland is sending its first crew of the year out to Minnesota Thursday morning. Keep track of them by clicking here. MDS #1 is most likely headed for the Cavity Lake Wildfire. A type 1 interagency management team commanded by Mike Lohrey has been ordered for the incident. Click here for the IMT's website.

7/15/2006 Eastern Area Status: The Great Lakes area is currently experiencing high fire danger and is also dealing with several large fires. For more information and the status of resources including available crews in the Eastern Area Click here.

6/27/2006 Fire Activity: Fire Activity out west has increased significantly over the past week. Please be sure to contact your regional fire manager to update your availability for the season as well as your contact information. Click here for regional fire manager phone numbers. Please note that firefighters in Central Region (Carroll, Montgomery, Howard, Cecil, Baltimore and Harford Counties) should contact the Southern Regional Fire Manager at (301) 579-6551 this season. Don't miss out; be sure that your regional fire manager has your updated dates of availability!

For the latest information on where the fires are be sure to check at the GACC (Geographic Area Coordination Center website by Clicking Here. This site links to the individual coordination centers for each region and are updated through the day with fire activity in their jurisdiction.

6/16/2006 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from II to III this week due to increased fire activity. This is a month earlier then it was raised from a II to a III last summer. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

6/10/2006 Wildland Firefighter Western Great Basin Safety Alert: The United States Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management in Nevada has issued a Safety alert of concern for all Wildland Firefighters in the Western Great Basin area. It is not uncommon for the Maryland Wildland Fire Crew to be dispatched to areas within this region. Click here for the official WGBCC announcement (adobe pdf download) An additional warning has been issued by the SWCC for other areas of the SouthWest Click here for the official SWCC announcement. (adobe pdf download)

5/5/2006 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources will be having the last of the Spring 2006 Pack Test and Refresher training Thursday and Saturday May 11th and 13th. Click here for the official Maryland DNR training announcement (adobe pdf download).

4/24/2006 State Wide Burn Ban: Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that as of 11:00 am Monday April 24, the statewide open air burning ban had been lifted in all counties. Click here for the official press release

4/20/2006 State Wide Burn Ban: Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that as of 2:00 pm April 18 the statewide open air burning ban had been lifted in 3 additional counties, though it remained in effect for a dozen Maryland counties. Click here for the official press release

4/11/2006 State Wide Burn Ban: Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that as of 2:00 pm April 10 the statewide open air burning ban had been lifted in select counties and Baltimore City. Click here for the official press release

4/4/2006 For crew members interested in the blue crew t-shirts that Kia worked on creating for the crew last season be sure to check out this link for ordering information (WORD document). For a picture of the actual shirt click here for the Front and here for the Back.

3/31/2006 State Wide Burn Ban: Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary C. Ronald Franks has announced a statewide ban on open air burning, effective 2 P.M. March 31, in all Maryland counties except Garrett County. Click here for the official press release (which includes a picture of Chuck H., long time member of the Maryland Wildfire Crew standing on the left). This Burn Ban covers all lands in Maryland except Garrett County, not just State Public Lands as previously announced on March 30 (Click here for press release of Public Lands Burn Ban).

3/22/2006 News from Worcester County courtesy of RC: Worcester County experienced a 105 acre wildfire on Forest Lane near Snow Hill. Initial attack occured on 3/12//06. Units from several fire VFCs in Worcester & Wicomico Counties and Maryland Forest Service units from Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester were involved. At one point there were 3 MFS dozers on the scene. Fire burned in the ground and Snow Hill VFC and MFS were recalled on 3/15/06. Extensive mop up was conducted on the 3/15 & 16. The fire still has not been declared out as of 3/22/06. The cause is still under investigation. I believe this is the largest fire in Worcester since the Good Friday fire of 1993.

3/18/06 Maryland Wildfire Season: Red flag conditions continue to persist in the Maryland region keeping local firefighters and DNR personnel busy. Click here for all the local Maryland Wildfire news reports or Here for Maryland Brushfire news reports.

3/14/06 (updated 3/15/06)Wildfire Season is here: Warm weather has brought on spring wildfire conditions here in Maryland. Check out these articles concerning wildfires in the Central Region , news from the Southern Region, as well as just over the line in Delaware. Over the past few days, Red Flag conditions and Fire Weather Watches have been issued for the region. Click here for the current fire weather forecast for your region.

3/6/2006 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced the Southern and Central Region Training schedule for Spring 2006 including the Pack Test and Refresher training.

Southern Region: Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 0900 hours at the Cedarville State Forest and Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 0800 hours at the Cedarville State Forest. The Annual Refresher will begin right after the Pack Test on April 29th at 0930 hours in the Cedarville HQ conference room or a pavilion.
Central Region: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 0900 hours at Harford Community College and Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 0800 hours at Harford Community College. The Annual Refresher will then start at 1000 hours at the Madonna Ranger Station right after the pack test on May 13th.
If anyone answers "yes" to any of the questions on the Health Screen Questionaire you must provide written permission from your doctor before taking the pack test. There is no Fire Camp this year. The Annual Refresher is mandatory, if you want to participate in Interagency Fire Assignments. Please contact John P. Fisher, Regional Fire Manager with any Questions at 301-579-6551.

2/28/2006 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180-Human Factors on the Fireline, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will May 5th through May 9th. Click Here for a link to the official announcement and details (adobe pdf download).

 

2/22/2006 Eastern Shore Wildfires: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service is reporting that it suspects arson is the cause of 6 of 19 wildfires (consuming 3,765 acres) in Dorchester County so far this year. Click here for a link to the official MD DNR Press Release.

2/20/2006 Crew members in the news: Governor Ehrlich Appoints First Civilian Rangers To Maryland Park Service And Recognizes Forestry Firefighters. Click here for a link to the official MD DNR Press Release.

2/20/2006 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced the Western Region Training schedule for Spring 2006 including the Pack Test and Refresher training. Click here for more information from the Frederick County Wildland Fire Crew website.

11/29/2005 Fall Wildfire Season is here: The Fall wildfire season has began in both the Eastern and Southern Region. The latest significant fire being in nearby West Virginia. Firefighters from 3 Maryland counties assisted Click here for the whole story. Earlier this month, a 350 acre fire took the life of a firefighter in Virginia. Click here for an article on the incident.

10/17/2005 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that it is offering S212 Wildland Fire Powersaws Training. Training will be held November 16th through November 18th at Martinak State Park - Nature Center in Denton Maryland. Registration deadline is November 7th. Click here for more information and the formal DNR announcement.

9/16/2005 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has announced that it is offering training for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, L180 Fireline Human Factors, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of Monday October 24th and will be held in La Plata, Maryland. For more information please contact John Fisher the Southern Regional Fire Manager at (301) 579-6551.

8/22/2005 MDS#1 Returns: MDS#1 has returned from the Camp 32 and Blackerby fires in Montana and Idaho. Some of the news links regarding their mobiliaztion. Baltimore Sun, WBAL News, and the MD DNR.

8/8/2005 MDS#1 Mobilized: Maryland has mobilized MDS#1, the first crew of the season to go out west. The type 2IA crew is scheduled to meet at Madonna Ranger Station at 7:00 a.m. on 8/9/2005 for a departure to the Camp 32 fire in Montana. The fire is being managed by the Bennett Type 1 Incident Management Team.

8/7/2005 Fire Activity: The EACC (Eastern Area Coordination Center) has mobilized several crews from West Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri to fight fires in Minnesota. Maryland is part of the Eastern Area. The largest fire in Minnesota on Sunday August 7th was the Alpine Lake Fire in Superior National Forest. It was 350 acres with no containment and a type 2 Incident Management Team assigned as of Sunday Morning.

7/19/2005 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from II to III due to increased fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

6/21/2005 Good article this month on the FireWise Website entitled "Fire Brands and Long Duration Smoldering Fires: What is the Risk? How Should We Deal with Them?" By Rick Trembath. Worth taking the time to read as many crew assignments involve structure protection and using some of the techniques discussed. Click here for a link to the article.

6/20/2005 The Weather Channel will feature a Storm Stories on the California Wildfires of 2003 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday June 21st. Click here for Weather Channel Storm Stories Website. Also, there is a new program called Mega Fires & Battling Mega Fires. Schedule dates and times are: 6/22 (12-midnight and 9 pm), 6/23 (12-noon), 6/24 (7 pm), 6/25 (1 pm and 4 pm.) Eastern.

5/26/2005 For crew members interested in the blue crew t-shirts that Kia worked on creating for the crew last season be sure to check out this link for ordering information (WORD document). Kia is also following up on the orders taken at Fire Camp. For a picture of the actual shirt click here for the Front and here for the Back.

5/19/2005 A reminder that fire camp for Maryland Wildland Fire Crew members is this weekend, 5/21 and 5/22. Click here to view the Maryland DNR News Release.

5/4/2005 NIFC began updaing the National Incident Management Situation Report daily this week marking the start of the wildfire season. Click here to view the Adobe (PDF) document. A permanent link is also available on the Links page.

4/9/2005 General Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has released the information and registration forms for this years Fire Camp. All new firefighters and firefighters not attending last years Fire Camp must attend camp this year in order to be certified for the upcoming fire season. Click Here for a link to the registration form and Here for the information form. Camp will be held from Friday May 20th through Sunday May 22nd this year. The deadline for registration is May 6th. Questions should be directed to your Regional Fire Manager.

3/12/2005 AD Rate Announcement: For those of you on the crew that are volunteers that get paid under the AD rate system it has been announced that the 2004 rates will remain in affect for 2005. This is significant because the proposed 2005 rate schedule would have meant pay cuts for many of the AD rates used for Wildland Firefighters. This means that the AD rate for FFT1 (Squad Boss) will remain at $12.84 an hour and FFT2 (Crewmember) will remain $11.68 an hour. More information can be viewed by Clicking Here for the AD Firefighter Association Website.

2/12/2005 General Training Announcement: The Western and Eastern Regions have set dates for S-130 Wildland Firefighter, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and I-100 Introduction to ICS training courses. Western Region is holding training February 11th, 12th, 25th, and 26st. Eastern Region April 11th through the 15th. These courses are one of the steps to becoming certified to join the Maryland Wildland Fire Crew. Details of this training along with the Central Region training described below can be viewed by Clicking Here (Adobe PDF Document).

1/22/2005 Central Region Training Announcement: The Central Region has set the dates for the annual refresher training for existing crew members as well as S130/S190 training for new firefighters. Details have been mailed to all Central Region crew members. Questions should be directed toward George Rockey the Regional Fire Manager for the Central Region at (410) 836-4563.

1/22/2005 General Training Announcement: The date for the annual fire camp has been set for May 21st and May 22nd at the Broad Creek Boy Scout Camp in Harford County. All new crew members as well as crew members who didn't attend last years camp must attend camp this year. More Details to come. Questions should be directed to your Regional Fire Manager.

1/21/2005 Central Region Training Announcement: The Central Region has set the dates for the required yearly work capacity or pack fitness test for Central Region Crew Members. The requirements are the same as in past years, crew members must walk 3 miles in 45 minutes or less with a 45 lb pack. Testing will be held on consecutive Saturdays, April 23rd and April 30th at 9:00 a.m. at the Harford Community College track. Questions should be directed toward George Rockey the Regional Fire Manager for the Central Region at (410) 836-4563.

1/8/2005 MPT Maryland Public Television is running the show Violent Planet, an hour special on how plants and animals react to fire disasters including wildfires. It airs Thursday January 13th at 9:00 pm.

12/15/2004 There have been some crew members asking about the blue crew t-shirts that Kia worked on creating for the crew this season. If you are interested in ordering, Click here for the ordering information (WORD document). If you want to see a picture of the actual shirt click here for the Front and here for the Back.

12/4/2004 Wildfire Mitigation in Maryland: A nice article about wildfire mitigation work being conducted in Frederick County recently appeared Gazette.net website. Click here to check it out.

9/15/2004 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Training will be the week of September 27th. Click Here for a link to the official announcement and details.

9/13/2004 Firefighter fatality: Seven CDF firefighters were involved in a burnover Sunday afternoon on the Tuolumne Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest in California. One firefighter was killed. Click here for the CDF information page.

9/4/2004 Hurricane Frances: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has assigned 6 type one Incident Management teams to Florida as well as an Area Command Team. One team is already in Florida while the remaining 5 teams are staged at FEMA in Georgia. Look for crews to be ordered and committed once the teams arrive in Florida.

9/2/2004 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) this week lowered its preparedness level from III to II due to decreased fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

8/19/2004 MDS#1 update: According to the IARR report, MDS#1 is staged for initial attack at Eldorado National Forest, Pacific Ranger District. Click here for a link to Eldorado National Forest Fire & Aviation webpage.

8/18/2004 MDS#1 update: In case you missed the News reports, here are some links. WJZ has a report including a video clip and interviews with some faces I'm sure many crewmembers will recognize. Also, the Baltimore Sun had an article today.... free registration with baltimoresun.com is required.

8/17/2004 MDS#1 update: MDS#1 met with 4 other Eastern Area crews today in Harrisburg forming a module and flew out to California along with our very own Monty who will be the IARR. Maryland has also sent single resources to other parts of the west this week. No word yet on whether the crew will be staged in Redding or assigned to the French Fire or another fire in the area. Be sure to check the IARR reports on the crew status when they become available.

8/16/2004 MDS#1 to head out west: Maryland is set to send out its first crew of the season on Tuesday Aug 17th. Reports indicate that the crew will be initially heading to California to the French Gulch Fire (incident info) near Redding CA. The report has made the AP wire, click here to view the AP wire story or via WBAL here . Of course should their destination change, MarylandWildfire.com will do its best to keep track of MDS#1 for everyone.

7/24/2004 Warren Daywalt: Today we lost a long time crew member and friend Warren Daywalt. Warren passed away today at home with his family after a year long battle with cancer. Please see the Bulletin Board page for more details.

7/23/2004 Close Call?: On July 16nd there was an incident on the Cabin Creek Fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest that involved a 20 person hand crew that sounds like a near miss. For those of you on the crew that was assigned to the Black Frog Complex last summer may note that this fire is in the same forest. For the story from headwartersnews.org, Click here.

7/13/2004 Fire Shelter Deployment: On July 2nd there was an incident on the Nuttall Fire in Arizona involving 12 firefighters, 11 of which deployed their fire shelters. The After Action Review is now available. Click hear for a link to the AAR in PDF Adobe. For information on the Nuttall Fire, Click here.

7/4/2004 Fire Shelter Deployment: On July 2nd there was an incident on the Nuttall Fire in Arizona involving 12 firefighters, 11 of which deployed their fire shelters. For Deployment details Click here. For information on the Nuttall Fire, Click here.

7/1/2004 Fire Activity: NIFC (the National Interagency Fire Center) has raised its preparedness level from II to III due to increased fire activity. To learn more about Preparedness levels Click here.

6/28/2004 Fire Activity: If you haven't seen the increased activity the last few days, you might want to take note of the increased fire activity in the SouthWest. Click here for a link to the SouthWest Area Fire Information Webpage.

6/09/2004 Crew listing: Crew members: Don't forget to contact your Regional Fire Manger about your availability to participate on the crew this summer. Without your information, the Fire Managers don't know who is available and when, preventing them from listing crews as available. Don't let all that training go idle, list yourself as available today!

6/02/2004 New Maryland Wildland Fire T-Shirt design: Attention all crew members in need of a new fire crew t-shirt. A new crew shirt has been designed by one of our very own crew members and is being made available to all interested crew members. Click Here to view a mock up of the new design. Click Here for T-Shirt ordering information.

5/23/2004 Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Patch/Stickers: The Maryland Wildland Fire Crew Patch and weather proof decals are now available to crew members. Now you can let everyone know that you are a proud member of the Maryland Wildland Fire Crew. A great addition to your pack and helmet. Click Here for Patch/Sticker ordering information.Click Here to view a picture of one of the new patches.

5/12/2004 National News Announcement: Earlier this week the Federal Government canceled the contracts for 33 large fixed wing air tankers in response to an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This essentially removes all large nonmilitary air tankers outside of California from the firefighting arsenal which could affect the firefighting tactics we see this season. To find out more information, Click Here for a link to the official posting.

4/16/2004 Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the information and registration forms for this years Fire Camp. All new firefighters and firefighters not attending last years Fire Camp must attend camp this year in order to be certified for the upcoming fire season. Click Here for a link to the official registration form and Here for the official information form. Camp will be held from Friday May 21st through Sunday May 23rd this year. The deadline for registration is May 10th. Questions should be directed to your Regional Fire Manager.

3/9/2004 The Maryland DNR Forest Service Fire Management Staff has announced openings for four seasonal wildland firefighter positions. Positions are seasonal 13-week contract positions to assist in wildland fire operations for the spring fire season (March - June). Click Here for the official announcement and details (In Adobe PDF).

2/22/2004 New Wildland Firefighter Training Announcement: The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources has posted the training announcement and schedule for new firefighters requiring the S130 Wildland Firefighter, S190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, and I100 Introduction to ICS training. This basic training is one of several requirements all new wildland firefighters must complete. Click Here for a link to the official announcement and details.

2/14/2004 Central Region Training Announcement: The Central Region has set the dates for the required yearly work capacity or pack fitness test for Central Region Crew Members. The requirements are the same as in past years, crew members must walk 3 miles in 45 minutes or less with a 45 lb pack. Testing will be held on consecutive Saturdays, April 17th and April 24th at 9:00 a.m. at the Harford Community College track. Questions should be directed toward George Rockey the Regional Fire Manager for the Central Region at (410) 836-4563.

2/13/2004 General Training Announcement: The date for the annual fire camp has been set for May 22nd and 23rd. All new crew members as well as crew members who didn't attend last years camp must attend camp this year. More Details to come. Questions should be directed to your Regional Fire Manager.

2/4/2004 The webmaster would like to thank everyone who has helped get this website off the ground by providing news updates and pictures for the Photo Album and News page. Without contributions from Crew Members, this site wouldn't be what it is today. Please keep sending in pictures and announcements and keep checking back for updates. Additional updates to the Photo Album and News page are made on a regular basis!

1/12/2004 Central Region Training Announcement: The Central Region has set the dates for the required yearly 8 hour refresher course that fulfills the Federal Requirement. Details are in the mail to members of the Fire Crew in the Central Region and should arrive shortly. The dates for the annual Pack Fitness Test have not yet been set. Questions should be directed toward George Rockey the Regional Fire Manager for the Central Region at (410) 836-4563.

1-1-2004 Maryland Wildfire Exhibit: Those of you in Annapolis or visiting Annapolis in the near future may wish to stop by and vist the Maryland Wildland Firefighting exhibit on display in the lobby of the Tawes building directly across from the Navy Marine Corps Stadium (the corner of Rowe Blvd & Taylor Ave). The exhibit will be up from January 5th until January 30th.

12-9-2003 Southern Region Training Announcement (MS WORD File): The Southern Region of the Maryland State DNR Forest Service has announced its 2004 Wildland Firefighter I S130/S190 training schedule. The 40 hour course will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting February 3rd and end with a final Saturday training session on Saturday March 6th.

12-3-2003 New Patch Proposed: A design for a Maryland Wildfire Crew Patch has been proposed. Take a look and e-mail the webmaster on what you think about it. The webmaster will be happy to pass along any feedback to the original designer and will post a follow-up if the design is adopted..

12-2-2003 Logo Artist Sought: The logo you see throughout this website was drawn by a now forgotten artist. As best as anyone has been able to inform the webmaster, it was designed by a crew member in the mid to late 1980s while on a fire in California. It has been used by the crew ever since. If you know who drew the original artwork for the crew's logo, please e-mail the webmaster so credit can be given where credit is due.

12-2-2003 Summer Of Fire 2003 Life As A Pulaski Swinger: Written by Will Williams a Crew Boss and long time crew member of the Maryland Wildland Fire Crew. Will is also an education specialist with the Maryland State DNR Forest Service.

11-25-2003 Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area Prescribed Burn: The Baltimore Sun via Sunspot.net is reporting that on November 24th, a prescribed burn was conducted at the Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area in Owings Mills. Various agencies participated in the burn which was lead by Bill Giese Jr. of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This year was the first time in the past four that conditions have been right to conduct this burn.

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