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

TBT – Waldo Canyon Fire

Throwback Thursday – On June 23, 2012 the Waldo Canyon Fire started in the Pike National Forest southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado. On June 26 it spread into the Mountain Shadows area of the city. Before the fire was out,…

Forest Service to sign 35 air tankers on Call When Needed agreements

The U.S. Forest Service will be signing Call When Needed (CWN) agreements for air tanker services with six companies for a total of 35 aircraft. The agency made it official on December 5, exactly 555 days after the process began…

How the media covers fires

What can they do to improve? The post How the media covers fires appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Meet Burner Bob

Burner Bob promotes prescribed fire in longleaf forests The post Meet Burner Bob appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Video: how the fire tornado formed at the Carr Fire

Scientific American has produced a video that describes the formation of the fire tornado that burned and scoured a mile-long path as the Carr Fire burned into Redding, California July 26, 2018. In the video below, click on the little…

“It smells like it’s time to go to work”

Said one of the American firefighters as they landed in smoky Sydney, Australia The post “It smells like it’s time to go to work” appeared first on Wildfire Today.

OSHA reveals more about the fatality on the Fort Jackson prescribed fire

Wildfire Today obtained the information through a FOIA request The post OSHA reveals more about the fatality on the Fort Jackson prescribed fire appeared first on Wildfire Today.

More than 40 insurance companies sue government over fire that burned into Gatlinburg

More than 40 insurance companies are suing the federal government for $450 million over how the fire that burned into Gatlinburg, Tennessee was handled, the Knox News is reporting. Five days after it started in Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

Hard landing for firefighting helicopter in New South Wales

The pilot walked away with minor injuries The post Hard landing for firefighting helicopter in New South Wales appeared first on Fire Aviation.

NPS selects Ody Anderson as Aviation Safety Manager

Mr. Anderson is a certified UAS pilot The post NPS selects Ody Anderson as Aviation Safety Manager appeared first on Fire Aviation.

California bans insurers from dropping policies in wildfire areas

It will apply for one year after the Governor declared a state of emergency The post California bans insurers from dropping policies in wildfire areas appeared first on Wildfire Today.

U.S. and Canada send firefighters to Australia

A total of 42 firefighters from North America will be assisting with the suppression of bushfires The post U.S. and Canada send firefighters to Australia appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Helicopter struck by suspected drone over downtown Los Angeles makes precautionary landing

This could happen over a wildfire The post Helicopter struck by suspected drone over downtown Los Angeles makes precautionary landing appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Looking back at the Martin Mars

In spite of the fact that it has been about four years since the massive Martin Mars has assisted firefighters on the ground by dropping 7,200 gallons of water, the unique nature of the huge flying boat remains  vividly in…

Technology may detect some power line faults before they ignite wildfires

A new system being tested seeks to provide continuous situational awareness of the condition of each circuit The post Technology may detect some power line faults before they ignite wildfires appeared first on Wildfire Today.

European organization recruiting 15 fire-related PhD candidates

PyroLife will train a new generation of experts in integrated wildfire management The post European organization recruiting 15 fire-related PhD candidates appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Conair to acquire five flight simulators

The three-axis motion platforms will be part of what is being called the world’s first aerial firefighting training and tactics center The post Conair to acquire five flight simulators appeared first on Fire Aviation.

FEMA – After a fire your flood risk goes up

In some cases a severe wildfire can leave the ground charred, barren, and  unable to absorb water. That means even light rain can potentially turn into a financially devastating flash flood or mudflow. Watch the video below to learn more…

Contract awarded again to install retardant systems in CAL FIRE’s HC-130H aircraft

A contract awarded in 2016 was cancelled The post Contract awarded again to install retardant systems in CAL FIRE’s HC-130H aircraft appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Power company evaluating multiple failures on transmission towers as causes of large wildfires

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) told a judge on November 29 that it is investigating whether there is a systemic problem with a piece of hardware on their high voltage electrical transmission towers that can start wildfires, the Windsor Times…

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