An article that discusses the general categories of hand tools: burning, swatting, scraping, chopping, or grubbing. It includes some links about some examples and some safety tips.
An article that provides tips and guidelines for chopping tool safety.
An article about the guidelines that are appropriate for grubbing hand tools.
An article about the fuel bottles. Fire crews have to carry fuel to remote locations to operate mechanized equipment and build firelines.
An article about the shovel used in firefighting. It is useful for digging and removing fuel along the fireline, occassional cleaning of a fireline by scraping off small combustible material after fireline construction, throwing soil to smother fire on the ground as well as up a tree bole, swatting the fire, and cutting through small roots and branches.
An article about the firefighting brooms that are useful for working in light fuels when flame lengths are less than 2 feet high. These are most effective for extinguishing small embers that have been blown across a fireline into an unburned area.
An article that discusses the council rake. It is a standard tool in fireline construction and during mop-up operations.
An article about the pulaski which can be used like an axe and a grub hoe. It is a versatile tool with a long history of use in wildfire control and suppression.
An article about double bit axe. It is an effective, well-balanced, chopping tool.
An article about hazel hoe. It is an effective grubbing tool that cuts through deep duff layers and tight root mats.