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

Wetter conditions in Australia may lead to a fire season very different from a year ago

The 2020/21 fire season will be influenced by vastly different climate drivers than the previous two fire seasons, according to a September through November outlook from the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre.With a La Niña ALERT now active,…

Firefighters on Glass Fire evaluated for possible carbon monoxide exposure

October 6, 2020   |   2:31 p.m. PDTThe north end of the Glass Fire, as seen from St Helena South camera at 225 p.m. PDT Oct. 6, 2020. Looking east. AlertWildfire.Sixteen firefighters assigned to the Glass Fire near the Napa Valley…

Three found dead at Zogg Fire in northern California

Map of the Zogg Fire. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 3 a.m. PDT Sept. 29, 2020. The red line was mapped by a fixed wing aircraft at 1:30 a.m. PDT Sept. 29, 2020.CAL FIRE reports…

Report released for fatal crash of C-130 air tanker in Australia

September 25, 2020  |  5:23 p.m. MDTThis article was first published at Fire Aviation September 24, 2020The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released an interim report about the January 23, 2020 crash of a C-130, Air Tanker 134, that…

The SEAT that crashed Sept. 22 in Idaho was first registered two months ago

Ricky Fulton The Single Engine Air Tanker that crashed in Idaho September 22 was manufactured this year and was registered for the first time July 10, 2020. The aircraft was an Air Tractor 802A, N836MM, SN 802A-0836, owned by Aero…

Interim report released for fatal air tanker crash in Australia

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released an interim report about the January 23, 2020 crash of a C-130, Air Tanker 134, that killed the three crewmembers on board. This follows the preliminary report the agency issued in February,…

Off duty firefighter dies on Archie Creek Fire in Oregon

September 23, 2020 | 8:22 p.m. PDTArchie Creek Fire map, 2:35 p.m. PDT Sept. 22, 2020.A heavy equipment operator passed away on the Archie Creek Fire in Western Oregon. The Incident Management Team announced September 23 the death of Walter…

Pilot identified in crash of air tanker in Idaho

Schill Fire. BLM photo.Updated September 23, 2020  |  3:40 p.m. MDTThe Bureau of Land Management has provided more information about the crash of a single engine air tanker:“On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at approximately 7 p.m. MDT, a Single Engine…

300 firefighters from Canada are assisting with wildfires in Washington and Oregon

September 19, 2020  |  4:24 p.m. PDTDarron Williams welcomes Canadian firefighters from the Merritt Fire Zone, B.C. L to R: Edge, John Noel, Darron Williams, Kendra Finch, and Steffens Hunt. NWCC photo.Approximately 300 firefighters from Canada are in Washington and…

Photos of northern California firefighting aircraft, part 2

Smokejumper aircraft, Short Bros SD3-60 Sherpa, N145Z Dylan Phelps sent us these photos that he captured at various Northern California airports in the first part of September as our firefighters were going up against one of the most vicious wildfire…

Smoke and air quality maps, September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020  |  4:42 p.m. MDTNear-surface smoke, at 2 p.m. MDT September 19, 2020. NOAA. Near-surface smoke refers to the smoke that will hover within 8 meters (26 feet) of the ground—the kind responsible for burning eyes and aggravated…

Excellent video of DC-10 dropping through smoke

DC-10 dropping on the Almeda Fire, September 8, 2020. Screenshot from the Lorne Julien video. [embedded content] I’m not sure where Lorne Julien shot this video. Even though the title of it is September 9, 2020, it may have been…

An additional 250 active duty military personnel assigned to fire suppression duty

File photo. Members of the Army’s Task Force First Round are briefed on the layout of the Incident Command Post after arriving at the Tower Fire, near Newport, Washington August 22, 2015. The 200 soldiers along with support personnel underwent…

Bobcat Fire crosses Angeles Crest Highway

3-D map of the Bobcat Fire. The red line was the perimeter as mapped by an aircraft at 10:48 p.m. MDT Sept. 15, 2020. Looking north-northeast.The north end of the Bobcat fire has burned across the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy.…

California and Oregon fires — lives lost and structures burned

Elkhorn Fire. Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California. September 3, 2020. Sanford Ridge Off of Winter Trail in Wilderness Area. Photo by Mike McMillan.Lives lostThe tally of the number of lives lost in the California and Oregon blazes will undoubtedly…

The President spoke about firefighting and forest management after landing at Sacramento

Upon landing at Sacramento McClellan Airport the President talked about firefighting and forest management September 14, 2020. A P-3 air tanker can be seen in the background.After landing at Sacramento McClellan Airport September 14, 2020 to meet with Governor Gavin…

Russian plane transports three fire engines from New Jersey to California

September 13, 2020 | 9:05 a.m. PDT An Antonov-124-100 transported three New Jersey fire engines to California. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department, September 12, 2020. An Antonov-124-100 transported three New Jersey Forest Fire Service engines and 10 firefighters to San…

Teen firefighting pilot flies Blackhawks and Chinooks

Ashli Blain, screenshot from KECI video. Ashli Blain, a 19-year old college student, recently went back to school after spending her summer fighting fires from helicopters as a command pilot in Blackhawks and copilot in Chinooks. She works for Billings…

Air quality and smoke forecasts for September, 13, 2020

Smoke forecast for 6 a.m. PDT Sept 13, 2020.The map above shows the forecast for the distribution of near-surface smoke at 6 a.m. PDT September, 13, 2020.It appears that severe impacts will occur in areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and…

Photos of air tankers attacking fire one mile from air tanker base

Tanker 103, (an MD-87, N293EA) drops on a fire west of the Medford, OR airport Sept. 9, 2020. Photo by Tim Crippin. Tim Crippin shot these photos of two air tankers dropping on a fire that had just broken out…

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