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

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…

North Complex of fires estimated at a quarter of million acres after explosive growth

September 9, 2020 | 4:20 p.m. PDTNorth Complex of Fires, 11:36 p.m. PDT Sept. 8, 2020. The Claremont/Bear Fire, two fires that merged.One of the fires on the North Complex of fires east of Chico, California apparently grew by about…

Glendower Fire (aka Almeda Fire) burns toward Medford, Oregon

Updated September 9, 2020 | 9:04 a.m. PDTMap of the Almeda Drive and South Obenchain Fires at 4:14 a.m. PDT Sept 9, 2020.A second fire in the Medford, Oregon area, the South Obenchain Fire north of the city, is prompting…

The 7,000-acre El Dorado Fire was started by a pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party

@halltoonsAnother large wildfire has been started by a pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party. CAL FIRE determined that the El Dorado Fire which has burned over 7,000 acres near a heavily populated area of San Bernardino County in southern…

Lockheed L-188 air tanker strikes tree while dropping retardant

File photo of a generic Lockheed L-188 (not an air tanker). A four-engine air tanker, an L-188, struck a tree while making a retardant drop on a fire August 23, 2020. The tanker was working out of the retardant base…

Firefighters deploy fire shelters on a wildfire near Bozeman, Montana

September 6, 2020 | 2:03 p.m. MDTBridger Foothills Fire, map current at 9:26 p.m. MDT Sept 5, 2020.Three firefighters on the Bridger Foothills Fire northeast of Bozeman, Montana were forced to deploy and take refuge in their fire shelters September…

Creek Fire grows rapidly near Huntington Lake, California

Updated September 5, 2020 | 6:42 p.m. PDTMap showing heat detected on the Creek Fire by satellites as late as 2:23 p.m. PDT September 5, 2020.The Creek Fire that has only been burning for about 24 hours in central California…

California passes bill to allow former inmates who served on fire crews to pursue a career in fire

The California legislature has passed a bill, AB 2147, that would allow former prisoners who worked on inmate fire crews to pursue a career in firefighting.The  bill authored by Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes will allow nonviolent offenders who have logged…

Conair installs glass flight decks on their air attack aircraft

From Conair Group: Conair Group Inc. Completes Three Extensive Turbo Commander Avionics Installations The project included G950 flight deck integrations for Conair Aerial Firefighting ABBOTSFORD, CANADA (September 4, 2020) – Conair Group Inc. completed an extensive avionics project on the…

Kaman Aerospace orders mandatory inspection of K-MAX helicopters

A K-MAX helicopter working the Myrtle Fire in South Dakota, July 19, 2012. Photo by Bill Gabbert for Fire Aviation. Kaman Aerospace has issued a mandatory action service bulletin requiring operators of K-1200 K-MAX aircraft within a specified range of…

Over 200 wildland firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 and one has died

September 2, 2020 | 4:15 p.m. MDTBriefing at the Dolan Fire in California, posted on InciWeb August 23, 2020.NBC News is reporting that at least 222 firefighters employed by the federal land management agencies have tested positive for the COVID-19…

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