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  Link   Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre
The formation of the Bushfire CRC in 2003 was major step by the fire & land management agencies & research partners in Australia & New Zealand towards a better understanding of the complex social, economic & environmental aspects of bushfires.
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  Link   CALFIRE California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Dedicated to the fire protection & stewardship of over 31,000,000 acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. Also provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State's 58 counties via contracts with local governments.
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  Link   CAL FIRE Current Major Fire Incidents List
Current Major Fire incidents in California.
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  Link   California Fire News Blog
Focus on Wildland Fires throughout the state. Real fire news when you need it. CAL FIRE news, Fire & EMS Department News, Fire Department Links, Firefighter Jobs & Information.
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  Link   Central California Interagency Communication Center (CCICC)
CCICC involves USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Tule Indian Reservation Fire Department & the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Office in Porterville.
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  Link   Central California Interagency Communication Center DAILY REPORT
Fire activity information, including Staffing Levels & Resources Status. Updated daily.
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  Link   California Fire Alliance
Formally known as the Alliance for a Fire-Safe California, the interagency forum works with communities at risk to develop pre-fire management & community based fire loss mitigation plans.
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  Link   California Interagency Hotshot Crews
To collect & share the rich history & tradition of the California Interagency Hotshot Crews with the general public, providing a format for firefighters & the general public to learn more about these crews.
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  Link   Disaster Resources – LA Country Bar Association
Disaster Resources including Emergency websites (with an LA bias).
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  Link   Fire Danger Map
Current fire danger observations.
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  Link   Fire Hazard Severity Zones Map
These zones provide the basis for mitigation strategies to reduce risks to buildings associated with wildland fires. Specifically, the zone determines the requirements for building codes designed to reduce the ignition potential to buildings.
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  Link   Fires in the KRV over the last 80 years
Source: Kern County Fire Department.
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  Link   Fire Lookouts of Sequoia National Forest
Southern Sierra's Lookout Towers in the Sequoia National Forest & Monument. You will find links & pages devoted to fire lookout towers, recreation & friendly advice as well as trail information & rules.
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  Link   Fire Resistant Native Plants with High Wildlife Value
All plants will eventually burn. There is no such thing as a fireproof plant. Plants that can retain moisture, even in dry areas are called fire resistant. This is list of some Californian native plants that are fire resistant & have wildlife value.
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  Link   Firewise Communities
A resource for agencies, tribes, organizations, fire departments, & communities working to reduce loss of lives, property, & resources to wildland fire by building & maintaining communities in a way that is compatible with our natural surroundings.
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  Link   Fire Safe Council Information for Homeowners
The Fire Safe Council, the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CalFire) & other organizations have developed several educational brochures that homeowners may use to help protect themselves from damaging wildfires.
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  Link   Firewise Generation
To help young adults better understand wildfire, and to help them put Firewise practices to work around home and in local communities.
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  Link   Fire Safe Landscaping: Grassland
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  Link   Fire Safe Landscaping: Brushland
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  Link   Fire Safe Landscaping: Timberland
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  Link   Fire-Safe Vegetation List
Rates many plants on a 1 to 10 scale (1 fire resistant, 10 very flammable). All plants will burn if dry/heated enough in a fire. Spacing, height and mix of species are important. Fire-Safe plant lists vary from County to County & by different areas.
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  Link   Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA)
Involved in research of former forest fire lookout sites, ground cabins & early fire detection methods. Documents anecdotes of past & present Lookout operators. Encourages efforts of public groups & others in the restoration of forest fire lookouts.
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  Link   Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group (GeoMAC)
Wildfire mapping originally designed for fire managers to access online maps of current fire locations & perimeters in the USA (except Hawaii). Anyone can view this information to pinpoint the affected fires. Updated frequently.
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  Link   Goes WEST Satellite Image 1 km
GOES 10 image 1km Visible light image, updated frequently. GOES = Geostationary Orbiting Environmental Satellites designed to operate in geostationary orbit 22,240 miles above the earth, thereby remaining stationary to a point on the ground.
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  Link   Helping Handbook for California Fire Disaster Victims
72 page LA County Bar Association “Helping Handbook for Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by the 2007 Southern California Wildfires.”
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  Link   Home Landscaping for Fire
8-page document covering a variety of topics: Defensible Space, home defense & reduced fuels zones; where to plant & fire-safe plants & Tips for a Fire-safe Landscape.
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  Link   InciWeb - California Incidents
The InciWeb fire incident information page is designed to provide the general public with daily updates on large fires, fire restrictions & other wildland fire activity. http://InciWeb.org also provides information throughout the USA.
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  Link   Interagency Real-Time Smoke Particulate Monitoring Web Site
This web site provides California real-time smoke concentration data (along with some other meteorological information) from portable smoke monitors. Historical data from past monitoring efforts are also available.
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  Link   Kern County Fire Department - Battalion 7
Battalion 7 is the largest battalion in the KCFD. Battalion 7 includes 8 fire stations in the NE Kern County. 4 in & around the mountains of the KRV & Lake Isabella area. 4 more are located in the Indian Wells Valley, Ridgecrest & Randsburg areas.
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  Link   Kern County Fire Department's Educational Website
A volunteer effort coordinated with KCFD staff direction, this website is the Interactive Home Page & Public Education Site for the Kern County Fire Department. It includes virtual & interactive tours, slide shows & more information.
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  Link   Kern County Fire Department Incidents & News
Check this page for the latest news on fires in Kern County.
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  Link   Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council
The Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council is dedicated to increasing community awareness of the "high fire threat" danger. The Council provides property and business owners with the tools and knowledge needed to decrease the threat of wildland fires.
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  Link   Kern Valley Hotshot Crew
This Hotshot Crew was established in 1983 by the Bakersfield District, Bureau of Land Management. The 1st crew was comprised of local BLM, Forest Service firefighters & Alaskan Fire Service personnel. Field Office in NW Bakersfield.
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  Link   MODIS Active Fire Mapping Program
U.S. Forest Service's current wildland fire activity based on data provided by the National Interagency Fire Center. Also provides links to fire maps in Canada & Mexico.
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  Link   National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
Located in Boise, ID, NIFC is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. 8 different agencies & organizations are part of NIFC. Decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept because NIFC has no single director or manager.
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  Link   NOAA Satellite Services Division - FIRE
Real Time Satellite Fire Monitoring.
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  Link   Rio Bravo Hotshots
Located in Lake Isabella, near the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. They travel throughout USFS Region 5 (California) & the western & central states. Rio Bravo Hotshots was started by the Kern County Fire Dept & Grant Young in 1989.
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  Link   Sierra Wildland Fire Reporting System
Current Wildland Fire situations on Federal Lands in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Multi-agency: BLM, CDF, KCFD, Nat'l. Park Service, Tule River Reservation/BIA & US Forest Service. This USGS website is where we found MOST of the WEBCAM LINKS we list.
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  Link   Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center
Provides wildfire logistical support & intelligence; planning, situation monitoring, needs projections, & resource order processing are handled from Riverside. Also provides logistical support for other disasters, including earthquakes & floods.
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  Link   Southern Sierra Geographic Information Cooperative
Funded by the Joint Fire Science Program & focused on developing & testing an approach to incorporate wildland fuels information management into an interagency, landscape-scale planning framework.
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  Link   State Fire Severity Zones
From Kern Council of Governments's 2004 Kern Master Environmental Assessment.
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  Link   UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research & Outreach
Draws on UC Berkeley’s teaching, research & public service mission to generate & disseminate knowledge in the natural & social sciences to both protect natural resources & ensure economic & ecological sustainability for future generations.
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  Link   UC Cooperative Extension's Homeowner's Wildfire Mitigation Guide
The website is organized to give you an opportunity to make changes to your home & the surroundings to reduce the possibility of damage from wildfires.
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  Link   U.S. Forest Service Fire Management Program
Combines elements of fire prevention, fire suppression & fire use. Most wildland fire must be suppressed to meet resource & social objectives. Forest Service & interagency policies & study recommendations that provide parameters for fire management.
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  Link   The Wildfire Zone
A collaborative project between UC Cooperative Extension & the County of San Diego to create awareness of wildfire risks & hazards & offers tips on how you can reduce them.
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  Link   Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS)
WFAS provides a national view of weather & fire potential, including fire danger & weather maps as well as satellite-derived "Greenness" maps. Development is continuing by USDA & the U.S. Forest Service.
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  Link   Wildland Firefighter Foundation
Main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty & to assist injured firefighters & their families. We honor & acknowledge members of the wildland firefighting community, & partner with private & interagency organizations to
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