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Basin Fire burns 10,000 acres north of Grand Canyon

Map showing the approximate location of the Basin Fire at 3:06 a.m. MDT, May 10, 2020.A lightning-caused wildfire has burned approximately 10,000 acres in northwest Arizona 17 miles north of the Grand Canyon, 17 miles southeast of Mesquite, Nevada. It…

Rough day for a DC-4

(Originally published at 5:40 p.m. PDT May 10, 2020) Manny D-man 01 sent us this photo of air tanker 15: I was looking through some old photos and ran across a couple you might be interested in. I was a…

Two new Firehawks tested in Colorado

Eventually will be delivered to CAL FIRE and Los Angeles County FD Paul Filmer sent us these photos of new S-70i Firehawk helicopters being tested at the Centennial, Colorado Airport. Several wildland fire agencies have used the services of United…

Dry thunderstorms expected Sunday in parts of NV and AZ

Lightning with little or no rain Red Flag warnings are in effect in areas of Nevada and Arizona. Forecasters are predicting thunderstorms with little or no rain Sunday and Sunday evening in southern Nevada and northwest Arizona. Dry lightning brings…

90-Day contracts awarded for 14 firefighting helicopters

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded 90-day contracts for 14 helicopters that can lift at least 1,600 pounds. The list was released by the agency May 8, and is a result of a solicitation requesting bids for  30 helicopters that…

Moonfish Fire burns thousands of acres west of Miami

 wildfire that started May 7 is spreading rapidly in Big Cypress National Preserve 37 miles west of Miami, Florida. The fire is south of Tamiami Trail near the shared boundary with Everglades National Park. The Moonfish Fire is actively burning…

Legislation introduced to provide benefits for families of firefighters killed by COVID-19

Senators are also seeking hazard pay for federal employees in essential positions whose jobs cannot be accomplished while maintaining social distancing recommendations A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to ensure families of public safety officers lost to…

Wildfire burns structures and closes I-10 south of Milton, Florida

Started from an escaped prescribed fire on May 4 (UPDATED at 9:50 a.m. CDT May 7, 2020) Satellite data collected overnight shows heat from the Five Mile Swamp Fire well south of Interstate 10 on both sides of Garcon Point…

Estimated cost for prescribed fire at Mount Rushmore fireworks site was $30,000

The President said he would attend the event July 3 event President Trump said in an interview Friday that he intends to travel to South Dakota to see the fireworks as they explode over the Mount Rushmore sculpture July 3.…

Erickson enacts pay cuts and furloughs for some employees

Their Air-Cranes have been shipped from Australia to Greece for the northern hemisphere wildfire season Erickson Incorporated, operator of large firefighting helicopters, is cutting the pay and requiring furloughs for some of their employees. The Digital Marketing Manager for the…

Geographic Areas release Wildland Fire Response Plans for COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance for maintaining continuity of wildland fire response The Geographic Areas have started to release their Wildland Fire Response Plans for the COVID-19 Pandemic. The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC) assigned three Area Command Teams to work with partners at…

Forest Service reverses course on prescribed fires

Postponed on all forests in March, then allowed Region by Region in April In mid-March the U.S. Forest Service cancelled or postponed all ignitions of prescribed fires in their Rocky Mountain Region (comprised of five states), the 13 states in the Southern…

Increasing fire weather severity expected to bring extreme conditions to areas of Canada’s western provinces

Conditions in June and July are expected to be well above average. Forecasts are showing that fire weather severity in the western provinces of Canada will be increasing in May, and by June will be in the Extreme category in…

Broken ankle presents numerous opportunities for COVID-related lessons learned

Managing the extraction and treatment of a firefighter proved to be much more complex than before the pandemic The Verde Fire on the Coronado National Forest in southeast Arizona on April 17, 2020 was not large. The only size mentioned…

Updated Forest Service air tanker schedule

All 13 under contract are expected to be working by May 19 The U.S. Forest Service has updated their schedule for large air tankers — the last one we had was dated March 14, 2020.  This latest April 29 version still…

Simulation developed for managing wildfires during COVID-19

The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) teams are working on procedures for managing wildland fire organizations and suppressing wildfires during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is an update from NIMO. Friday May 1, 2020 NIMO has been involved for some weeks…

Eleven Senators sign letter asking Forest Service how they will suppress wildfires during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bureau of Indian Affairs firefighters participating in a fire briefing. Bureau of Indian Affairs photo.Eleven Senators signed a letter dated April 30 asking Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen a series of very pointed, detailed questions about how the agency will…

Above average wildfire potential predicted for southern Arizona and Florida this month

In June, above average wildfire potential is expected in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook issued today by the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center continues to have…

Annual training and certification was held for crews of three Modular Airborne FireFighting Module (MAFFS) aircraft

Members of the 302nd Airlift Wing load a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Firefighting System unit into a C-130 Hercules aircraft April 23, 2020 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. On the left is the nozzle that is attached at…

Aerial photos of the prescribed fire at Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore prescribed fire April 30, 2020. Photo by Matt Danilchick.Yesterday a pilot from Colorado was flying to Rapid City and grabbed some photos of the prescribed fire at Mount Rushmore.“Just shot with my iPhone so sorry for the quality,”…

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