EXPLAINER: How wildfire camps keep crews ready for battle
August 29, 2021
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Empty cow pastures on one day can be bustling with hundreds of firefighters the next as fire camps with colorful tent cities spring up.
More than 20,000 wildland firefighters are battling some 100 large wildfires in the U.S. West, and truckloads of supplies and equipment are needed to keep them effective at fighting flames for weeks on end.
"We'll set up a small village," said Evans Kuo, a "Type 1" incident commander assigned to the nation's biggest and most dangerous wildfires. His incident command team has 44 members. "The main idea of the camp is to not only house t...