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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

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Web Site Links     top

FEMA : Wildfires

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

1998 U.S. Forest Service research paper.

Howstuffworks : How Wildfires work

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

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

1993 U.S. Forest Service report on the Mann Gulch Fire of August, 1949.

National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)

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

U.S. Forest Service report on the recent wildfires in and around the San Bernardino National Forest.

South Canyon Fire Investigation

Executive summary from the accident investigation team report of August 1994.

UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)

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.

Books     top
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

Library Catalog     top
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo College Library.

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Articles   top
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databasesPlease note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the ProQuest database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here:  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on ProQuest and enter the database.  You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

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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