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Papers on 2002 Biscuit Fire

The Biscuit Fire: Consequences of Forest Management Decisions

Dr. Mansfield has written a comprehensive electronic book documenting over 75 years of the Siskiyou National Forest and investigates, from many different levels, the leading factors in the most destructive fire in Oregon's history.    Published 1 March, 2004    © Coyote Aerospace

Final Trip Report on a trail maintenance project in the
Biscuit Fire area.

A team of 5 Smokejumper volunteers reopened a trail that was damaged by the Silver fire of 1987. The action took place two weeks before the Biscuit fire started in an area 5 miles south of Florence Creek.
Submitted 7 July, 2002    (PDF   87KB)

USFS Biscuit Fire Chronology

Biscuit Fire Chronology published by the Siskiyou and Six Rivers National Forests on the Biscuit fire web site.    Date 11 October, 2002.   The first edition of this document is published here to provide time context with materials presented here.   Later versions are available on the Biscuit Fire Web Site.    (PDF   1072KB)

Aggressive Wildland Fire Control and the Biscuit Fire
by Charles R. Mansfield

A description of the Smokejumpers that protected the area of the Biscuit fire for many years. They held a reunion in Cave Junction three weeks before the Biscuit fire started.
Illinois Valley News, Cave Junction, Oregon , Vol. 65, No. 22 p1 ff, 21Aug.,2002   (PDF  85KB)

Biscuit Fire Chronology - An Analysis by Charles R. Mansfield

(PDF   177KB)

Executive Summary by Charles R. Mansfield

(PDF   58KB)

This white paper examines the Biscuit Fire Chronology in the light of known fire behavior, the existing fire potential and the known availability of Smokejumpers at the time that the Florence, Biscuit #1 Biscuit #2 and Sourdough fires were started by lighting. Several conclusions are drawn from the Chronology and 5 recommendations are presented. Had these recommendations been followed the Biscuit fire would probably have been stopped within a few hours after it had been started.

Forest Management and Fire
by Charles R. Mansfield

This rebuttal of an article published in the fall issue of Oregon Stater Magazine has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue.     (PDF   64KB)

Papers on 2000 Cerro Grande Fire

 

Environmental Factors in the Cerro Grande Fire: A Smokejumpers Perspective      by Charles R. Mansfield

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A discussion of the forests of the Jemez Mountains, their usage, their vegetation and the first few days of the Cerro Grande fire. (HTML)

 

Environmental Factors in the Cerro Grande Fire: A Smokejumpers Perspective      by Charles R. Mansfield

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A discussion of the forests of the Jemez Mountains, their usage, their vegetation and the first few days of the Cerro Grande fire. (PDF 275 Kb)

 

If You Go For A Hike in the Jemez Today - You’re Sure to Have a Surprise      by Charles R. Mansfield

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A photo essay looking at an area burned by the Cerro Grande fire. The effects of logging, road construction and previous forest fires are examined in a late afternoon hike. (HTML)

 

If You Go For A Hike in the Jemez Today - You’re Sure to Have a Surprise      by Charles R. Mansfield

(PDF    275Kb)

A photo essay looking at an area burned by the Cerro Grande fire. The effects of logging, road construction and previous forest fires are examined in a late afternoon hike. (PDF 275 Kb)

Missing Warning: A Response   by Charles R. Mansfield

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A letter to the editors of the Los Alamos Monitor that examines some of the claims and rumors being made by the public after the Cerro Grande fire. This letter examines the actual fire progression and the attempts to control the fire in the early days of the fire development.

Papers by the National Association of Forest Service Retirees

Report by the National Association of Forest Service Retirees
on U.S. Forest Service Wildfire Protection Capabilities
March 1, 2001

(28 KB PDF)

A critical assessment of present Fire Control Policy written by U.S. Forest Service Retirees.

Forest Health and Fire

(3,487 KB PDF)

A white paper published by the NAFSR, October 2002. This paper dispels many of the myths concerning forest management and wildfire.

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