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

A proposal for countries to share air tankers resurfaces

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Canadian Australian Strategic Firefighting Initiative vessel. (Davie Shipyard) A concept for sharing firefighting air tankers between the northern and southern hemispheres proposed in 2016 has resurfaced. The wildfire seasons in opposite times of the…

Deployment of two air tankers to Australia delayed by fog and a volcano

Air Tankers 910, 911, and 914 at Albuquerque, May 3, 2019. The departure of additional air tankers from the United States to assist with bushfires in Australia has been delayed for reasons not usually associated with firefighting. The MD-87 air…

Residents suffer through smoky air in Victoria, Australia

On Wednesday some Air Quality Index readings were in the Very Unhealthy category or worse Smoke from bushfires in Victoria, Australia has degraded the air quality to levels that are dangerous in some areas. If the Air Quality Index used…

Secret firefighting mission saves famous ‘dinosaur trees’ in Australia

Only 200 Wollemi Pines are left in the grove that was discovered 26 years ago Firefighters rappelled into a secret location to try to save the remaining Wollemi Pines from burning in the huge Gospers Mountain Fire in New South…

Rain could slow the fires in Australia

Areas of Victoria and New South Wales could receive zero to over two inches of precipitation this week Predicted rain and cooler temperatures this week in Australia could slow the spread of the bushfires in Victoria and New South Wales.…

Australian Prime Minister says he should not have vacationed in Hawaii during extreme bushfire activity in his country

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked questions about the bushfire crisis in his country. The topics discussed included: Things he “could have handled much better.” A royal commission to evaluate how the fire…

U.S. firefighters describe an intense assignment in Australia

They were interviewed for an Australian television program The post U.S. firefighters describe an intense assignment in Australia appeared first on Wildfire Today.

AFAC explains the process for accepting assistance in Australia during the bushfire crisis

Many people would like to travel to Australia to help with the response and recovery from the historic bushfires, either as a paid employee or a volunteer. The National Council for Fire & Emergency Services (formerly the Australasian Fire and…

Australian Navy recovers helicopter from reservoir

The UH-1H helicopter ditched while working on a bushfire The post Australian Navy recovers helicopter from reservoir appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Bushfire has burned almost half of Kangaroo Island

Two Country Fire Service trucks were involved in burn-overs The post Bushfire has burned almost half of Kangaroo Island appeared first on Wildfire Today.

DOI reports that they exceeded fuel treatment goals in FY 2019

Reduced wildfire risks on 1.4 million acres The post DOI reports that they exceeded fuel treatment goals in FY 2019 appeared first on Wildfire Today.

California Governor’s proposed budget would add 677 firefighters

If approved, the budget would also establish a Wildfire Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center The post California Governor’s proposed budget would add 677 firefighters appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Firefighter killed on bushfire in Victoria, Australia

UPDATED at 6:43 p.m. PST January 11, 2020. The bushfires in Australia have claimed the life of a fifth firefighter. It occurred Saturday January 11 while a firefighter was working on a fire in the Omeo area of Victoria, Emergency…

Arizona firefighters are staffing engines and hand crews in Australia

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as other Department of the Interior agencies and the U.S. Forest Service have been sending wildfire personnel from across the United States to assist with ongoing wildfire suppression efforts in…

Australians welcomed U.S. firefighters with cheers

Australians cheered firefighters from the United States as they arrived at the Sydney airport. Below, firefighters are interviewed, including Shawna Legarza Director of Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service. The post Australians welcomed U.S. firefighters with cheers appeared…

Helicopter ditches in lake while fighting bushfire in Australia

The pilot swam to shore and was taken to a hospital The post Helicopter ditches in lake while fighting bushfire in Australia appeared first on Fire Aviation.

New mission for Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft

Monday night it was investigating the drone activity that has been observed in Colorado and other states The post New mission for Colorado’s Multi-Mission Aircraft appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Federal employee suicide rate in 2018 was five times higher than private industry

Wildland firefighters are not alone in their high rate of suicide. From Fedsmith.com January 8, 2019: Suicides accounted for 28% of the 124 Federal employee job-related deaths in 2018. In contrast, suicides accounted for only 5% of the 4,779 private industry…

Two MD-87 firefighting air tankers will deploy to Australia

This will bring Australia’s fleet of large air tankers up to 11 for the 2019/2020 bushfire season The post Two MD-87 firefighting air tankers will deploy to Australia appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Australia requests U.S. Incident Management Teams to assist with bushfires

They will depart around January 16 The post Australia requests U.S. Incident Management Teams to assist with bushfires appeared first on Wildfire Today.

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