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

A tour of Ramona Air Attack Base

On Wednesday CAL FIRE gave a live tour of the Air Attack Base at Ramona, California. They talked about the OV-10 Bronco, S2T air tankers, and the C-130 that the agency has under an exclusive use contract until the end…

Wildfire smoke map, August 21, 2019

States affected include Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Texas The post Wildfire smoke map, August 21, 2019 appeared first on Wildfire Today.

How to configure a Heavy Equipment Task Force

As used in the Northern Rockies The post How to configure a Heavy Equipment Task Force appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Burn Boss: A History of Fire and People in Big Cypress National Preserve

Above: screenshot from the video below. Big Cypress has released their second in a series of three films about prescribed fire in the south Florida Park, titled, Burn Boss: A History of Fire and People in Big Cypress. Here is…

Smoke from wildfires turns day into night in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Smoke from hundreds of fires in the Amazon Basin combined with clouds Monday afternoon to plunge a major South American city into darkness. Numerous fires in Bolivia and the Amazon Basin in Brazil have been creating smoke in recent days…

A quick introduction to CAL FIRE’s OV-10 Bronco

  It is #NationalAviationDay! To celebrate we want to show you a little bit more about the aircraft CAL FIRE uses to help us continue our mission of protecting the people and property of California. Watch the video to learn…

McKinley Fire burns 50 structures south of Talkeetna, Alaska

The McKinley Fire along the Parks Highway in Alaska burned at least 50 structures Sunday afternoon as firefighters and other emergency responders worked furiously to evacuate and rescue residents threatened by the fire. The fire is 19 miles south of…

The True Story of the Pulaski Fire Tool

And how that is related to the Big Blowup and the fires of 1910 The post The True Story of the Pulaski Fire Tool appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Video describes how fire in Colorado was managed to enhance forest health

This video uploaded to YouTube on July 3, 2019 describes how the Doe Canyon Fire in Southwest Colorado was managed to enhance forest health. It is interesting how the U.S. Forest Service has been recently using the term “good fire”.…

Air tanker base opens at Austin

Two large air tankers, T-131 and T-15, have been dispatched to the recently reopened Air Tanker Base at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to assist with increased wildfire activity across the state. The portable base was first established at Austin in…

Fire crews assist with extraction and rescue of accident victim

Wells, Nevada The post Fire crews assist with extraction and rescue of accident victim appeared first on Wildfire Today.

More details possibly emerge about air tanker’s hazardous exit out of drop area

We posted a video on August 14 of a BAe-146 air tanker dropping retardant on a fire. While exiting the area the aircraft flew closely over a ridge stirring up dust on the ground. It generated many comments, with one…

Two large fires north of Grand Canyon allowed to spread within predetermined boundaries

The Ikes and Castle Fires have burned a total of almost 23,000 acres The post Two large fires north of Grand Canyon allowed to spread within predetermined boundaries appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Defense Department to use artificial intelligence to help map wildfires

The Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center plans to use their sensor and automation capabilities to help provide intelligence about ongoing wildfires. Below is an excerpt from an article at Nextgov.com: …Defense has troves of sensor data, digital video data,…

Firefighters use drone to ignite nighttime firing operations

The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones, by wildland firefighters has come a long way since one was first used in in 2016 to ignite a prescribed fire at Homestead National Monument near Beatrice, Nebraska. That drone, developed…

California sends firefighters into Mexico to battle wildfire near border

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has mobilized a strike team of fire engines to cross the international border in order to help firefighters in Mexico. They will be assisting in the suppression of the Border…

Border Fire threatens to burn from Mexico into U.S.

A large wildfire in Mexico west of Tecate is very close to the U.S. border and threatens to burn into California about 23 miles southeast of San Diego. It is spreading to the east, generally toward the city of Tecate…

Coulson-Unical Blackhawk spotted at McClellan

As we reported in March, Coulson Aviation is partnering with Unical Air, a new unit of the Unical Group of Companies, to create a heavy lift helicopter joint venture company that will build and operate Boeing CH-47 and Sikorsky UH-60…

It has been a much slower wildfire season in the continental U.S. so far

The 10-year average for acres burned annually in U.S. #wildfires (not counting Alaska) is 5,666,000 acres. — Wildfire Today 🔥 (@wildfiretoday) August 14, 2019 The post It has been a much slower wildfire season in the continental U.S. so far…

Report that a fire recon plane made forced landing in Oregon

Little information is available about a reported forced landing made last week by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) air attack plane, 52 Uniform. The Cessna 206 was on a fire recon mission when the pilot reported a mechanical malfunction…

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