Maybe the fire shelter currently in use isn’t the best or latest available, but it is the ONLY “last ditch” shelter this season. Remember, it all comes down to good training, use of tools, common sense, and keeping a good watch for unanticipated wind/fire changes, not to mention the overhead decisions about fire management. Each incident is a different senario; terrain, temperature and RH must be considered.
Did you know that the jumpers practice shelter depoyment behind the exhaust of an airplane? Jumpers certainly can’t cut line wearing those bulky kevlar jump suits!
I agree, that there are major problems in the entire wildland fire fighting system; writing to our elected officials is a good start. I certainly have no desire to poll the folks on the line for their thoughts on the subject at this point in time. And, I’d want to analyze the pros & cons of any shelter before going off without all the facts/tools to do battle!