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Bill Gabbert is the Editor at Wildfire Today and Fire Aviation. www.wildfiretoday.com - www.fireaviation.com

Eleven additional “CWN” air tankers are now working

Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images. The U.S. Forest Service has activated a total of 11 additional large fixed wing air tankers since May 30, 2020. Formerly on…

Above normal wildfire activity predicted to expand from the Great Basin into the Northwest and Northern Rockies

Today the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center issued their National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for July through October.In July and August above normal wildfire potential is predicted to grow west and north across northern California,…

Photos of air tankers at JEFFCO airport used on the Chatridge 2 Fire near Denver

Tankers 02 (left, a BAe-146, N474NA) and T-22 (a P-3, N922AU) at Jeffco 6-29-2020. Shane Hervey photo. Shane Hervey shot these photos yesterday, June 29, at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (Jeffco) near Denver while air tankers were working the Chatridge…

Chatridge 2 Fire burns over 400 acres south of Denver

(Originally published at 3:31 p.m. MDT June 29, 2020)Map showing the location of the Chatridge 2 Fire south of Denver, June 29, 2020.In about four and a half hours today the Chatridge 2 Fire burned 456 acres south of Denver…

More photos of the C-119s

Tanker 82 (N13745) at Ontario, CA November, 1975. By JD Davis. When JD Davis saw Steve Whitby’s photos of the three C-119 air tankers taken in 1981 as they were lined up at the Hemet-Ryan retardant pits, he was kind…

Firefighters on the Bighorn Fire near Tucson prepare for Red Flag conditions Sunday and Monday

Night operations at Summerhaven on the Bighorn Fire. Photo by David Melendez June 26, 2020.The National Weather Service in Tucson has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tucson and the Bighorn Fire area from noon to 8 p.m. MST Sunday…

Mine Draw Fire being fought 6 miles south of Mount Rushmore

(UPDATED at 8:15 p.m. MDT June 24, 2020)Two additional hotshot crews are en route to the Mine Draw Fire east of Custer, South Dakota — the Roosevelt Hotshots from Colorado and the Wyoming Hotshots.The fire is half a mile north…

Bighorn Fire near Tucson grows to over 74,000 acres

3-D map of the Bighorn Fire looking southeast. The green line was the perimeter June 19, 2020. The red line was the perimeter at 10:52 p.m. MDT June 23, 2020. The shaded areas represent intense heat detected by the mapping…

Kern County cuts their Rio Bravo Hotshot Crew

Rio Bravo Hotshots in 2018. Kern County Fire Department photo.The southern California-based Rio Bravo Type 1 Hotshot crew has been defunded. The Kern County Board of Supervisors announced in a press release earlier this month, “Rio Bravo Crew 7 will…

Wyoming hires two Single Engine Air Tankers

Air Tractor AT-802 Single Engine Air Tanker under contract in Wyoming. N23WT. Photo via Wyoming State Forestry Division June 22, 2020. The Wyoming State Forestry Division has hired two Single Engine Air Tankers. When last seen on June 17 they…

Air Tanker 914 drops on the Central Fire north of Phoenix

Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images. John Hall of JDH Images took these excellent photos of Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, dropping retardant on the Central Fire at…

Forecast for wildfire smoke, June 20, 2020

Forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT June 20, 2020. NOAA HRRR-SmokeThe forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT Saturday looks rather bleak for areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,…

Forecast for wildfire smoke, July 20, 2020

Forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT July 20, 2020. NOAA HRRR-SmokeThe forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT Saturday looks rather bleak for areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,…

Coulson’s ground-based fleet

Coulson Aviation’s maintenance support vehicles and fuel trucks for their CH-47 helicopters. Coulson photo. Coulson Aviation posted these photos and text on their Facebook page: Prior to dispatching out the second half of our Rotary Wing fleet this year we…

Wildfire smoke map, June 17, 2020

This is the forecast for the distribution of vertically integrated and near surface smoke at 7 p.m. MDT June 17, 2020. By NOAA.This is the forecast for the distribution of vertically integrated and near surface smoke at 7 p.m. MDT…

Judge refuses to reduce sentence for fatal crash on Iron 44 Fire

A judge has refused to reduce the sentence for Steven Metheny, 50, the former Vice President of Carson Helicopters whose falsification of records for a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter under contract to the U.S. Forest Service led to the deaths of…

“Bush Fire” east of Phoenix approaches Highway 188 and Theodore Roosevelt Lake

(Originally published at 10:07 a.m. MDT June 17, 2020)3-D map of the Bush Fire at 3 a.m. MDT June 17, 2020. Data from USFS mapping flight and NASA satellites.The “Bush Fire” east of Phoenix was very active again Tuesday and…

Members of Congress call for increased support for wildfire preparedness

Warehouse at the National Interagency Fire Center. Screenshot from NIFC video.On June 15 Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 18 members of Congress in the California Delegation in calling on House leadership to ensure that any future legislative package focused on…

Wildfire smoke forecast, June 14, 2020

Forecast for near surface and vertically integrated wildfire smoke Sunday at 4 p.m. MDT June 14.This is the forecast for near surface and vertically integrated wildfire smoke Sunday at 4 p.m. MDT June 14. Go to Source to read more…

Smoke from wildfires in Arizona affects Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and other states

Forecast for wildfire smoke at 9 p.m. MDT June 13, 2020. Vertically integrated and near surface smoke. NOAA.Smoke from wildfires near Tucson and north of the Grand Canyon is being pushed by strong winds into states to the north and…

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