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

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…

Drone shuts down helicopter drops on Williams Flats Fire, operator found

On August 6, 2019 a hobbyist drone temporarily shut down helicopter water drops on the Williams Flats Fire in northeast Washington. After the incursion was reported by a Safety Officer, the Air Tactical Group Supervisor diverted a large Type 1…

Lockheed drone crashes while mapping fires in New Mexico

A Lockheed Stalker XE Unmanned Aerial System aircraft crashed as it was attempting to land after completing a mission to detect heat and map the perimeters of wildfires in southwest New Mexico. It occurred August 7, 2019 about 26 miles…

A shocking drop by a BAe-146

At the end of this video of a retardant drop by Neptune’s Tanker 01, a BAe-146, you will hear a four-letter word. After watching, you will fully understand why. Oh F*** pic.twitter.com/235hlKFAHr — Aviões e Músicas (@avioesemusicas) August 13, 2019…

Report released for a firefighter fatality in Texas

Occurred on a wildfire in March, 2018 The post Report released for a firefighter fatality in Texas appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Flying through a pyrocumulonimbus cloud

(This article first appeared at earthobservatory.nasa.gov) Atmospheric scientists regularly take note when satellites detect thunderheads rising above columns of wildfire smoke. These “fire clouds”—experts call them pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) or cumulonimbus flammagenitus—are caused when fires loft enough heat and moisture into the…

Number of large air tankers on USFS contracts drops

There are 13 exclusive use, and 8 call when needed. Three fewer than last year on CWN list. The post Number of large air tankers on USFS contracts drops appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Researchers study and film the depths and heights of a forest fire

The scientists captured video that is mesmerizing The post Researchers study and film the depths and heights of a forest fire appeared first on Wildfire Today.

List of air tankers on USFS contracts

There are 13 exclusive use, and 8 call when needed. Three fewer than last year on CWN list. The post List of air tankers on USFS contracts appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Having a diverse air tanker fleet can reduce impact of grounding one model

In 2012 the entire fleet of large air tankers in the United States was affected after a 24-inch crack was found by Neptune Aviation on a wing spar and skin on one of their 50+ year old P2Vs. The Federal…

Air Force removes 123 C-130s from service to inspect wing boxes

C-130 air tankers are being inspected The post Air Force removes 123 C-130s from service to inspect wing boxes appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Lightning and helicopter activity in Oregon

With the abundant lightning in the Northwest United States over the last few days it’s a good bet that helicopters and their crews are going to be busy. Todd McKinley sent us these photos from Oregon which we believe were…

Memorial rededicated for the crew of Air Tanker 130

(This article first appeared at Fire Aviation) The rededication of the memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 occurred as planned on August 10. Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis were killed June 17, 2002 when their C-130…

Photos from the rededication of the memorial for the crew of Tanker 130

The rededication of the memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 occurred as planned on August 10. Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis were killed June 17, 2002 when their C-130 crashed while battling the Cannon Fire at…

Special tribute to Smokey Bear by New Jersey Forest Fire Service

As part of the celebration of the 75th year of the Smokey Bear wildfire prevention campaign, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service produced this video tribute. Smokey is reminiscing about old times until the video switches to present day halfway…

Video of firefighting aircraft at Oshkosh 2019

Fred Johnson of Airailimages sent us information about this video that he shot July 17 at Oshkosh 2019. Here’s how he described it: A sustained air tanker firefighting flying display featured a CL-215 scooper water bomber, a MAFFS C-130 tanker,…

Wildfire smoke maps, August 10, 2019

These maps predict the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 5 p.m. PDT August 10, 2019. The first map is for vertically integrated smoke, depicting all of the smoke in a vertical column, including smoke high in Earth’s atmosphere. That…

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