NASA Works with U.S. Forest Service to Improve Fire Shelters

NASA engineers say they’re making progress in their efforts to help the U.S. Forest Service design a better emergency fire shelter for wildland firefighters.

The NASA Convective Heating Improvement for Emergency Fire Shelters or CHIEFS project started because of the deadly Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona in 2013. Nineteen firefighters were trapped in a raging, wind-driven wildfire and the emergency shelters they carried and used were unable to save them.

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