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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

FEMA : Wildfires     http://www.fema.gov/hazard/wildfire/index.shtm
Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Measures Administration, the FEMA site is devoted to wildfires and is mainly concerned with preventative measures.  It also includes a fact sheet and backgrounder on wild land fires.

Fire Behavior Associated with the 1994 South Canyon Fire on Storm King Mountain, Colorado     http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_rp009.html
1998 U.S. Forest Service research paper.

Howstuffworks : How Wildfires work     http://science.howstuffworks.com/wildfire.htm
Describes how wildfires are started and perpetuate themselves.  Also contains statistics on wildfires.  Elementary information geared toward children, as well as adults.  Explains how geography and weather influence fire.

InciWeb - Wildland Fire and incident Information System     http://www.inciweb.org
Provides current and timely information to the public concerning wild land fire incidents throughout the US.  Date is contributed in real time from various US federal and state agencies, including: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Association of State Foresters.

Mann Gulch Fire : A Race That Couldn't Be Won     http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_int/int_gtr299.html
1993 U.S. Forest Service report on the Mann Gulch Fire of August, 1949.

National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)     http://www.nifc.gov/
NIFC serves as the support center for wild land firefighting in the US, coordinating the flow of information and resources between its eight member agencies.  These organizations include: the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Weather Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Old & Grand Prix Fires, October 2003     http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/fire/oldfire.shtml
U.S. Forest Service report on the recent wildfires in and around the San Bernardino National Forest.

South Canyon Fire Investigation     http://coloradofirecamp.com/south-canyon-fire/summary-authors.htm
Executive summary from the accident investigation team report of August 1994.

UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)     http://www.grid.unep.ch/activities/earlywarning/fires/index.php
Provides real-time information about current fires, their status and early warning, including satellite images of hotspots around the world.  Has links to NASA Earth Observatory and the Global Fire Monitoring Center.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Forest fires : a reference handbook (Contemporary world issues)
Call number: Ref SD421.O64 2005

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Fire extinction

Fire management


Forest fires


Wildfire fighters


Wildfires--Prevention and control

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 5 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. 
Use Advanced Search and type each tern in a separate box:

SU(forest & brush fires) (scholarly journals)
SU(forest and brush fires)
SU(forest & brush fires) AND GEO(california)
SU(forest & brush fires) AND GEO(southern california)
SU(forest & brush fires) AND SU(fire prevention)

Researched and evaluated by:
S. Wells, Librarian 1/2004
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 5/2010

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