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

Prescribed fire in Larimer County, Colorado escapes; evacuations ordered

The Elk Fire is 6 miles southeast of Red Feather Lakes The post Prescribed fire in Larimer County, Colorado escapes; evacuations ordered appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Cow Creek, a new fire east of Ridgway, Colorado

The fire is 27 miles southeast of Montrose, Colorado The post Cow Creek, a new fire east of Ridgway, Colorado appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Nominee to oversee NWS wants to privatize weather forecasting

Barry Myers is the former CEO of Accuweather The post Nominee to oversee NWS wants to privatize weather forecasting appeared first on Wildfire Today.

CAL FIRE’s new Firehawk arrives at Sacramento

CAL FIRE plans to purchase up to 12 Sikorski S-70i firefighting helicopters The post CAL FIRE’s new Firehawk arrives at Sacramento appeared first on Fire Aviation.

What is in my fire truck?

Above: Cargo carried by a Lac La Biche engine crew  in Alberta, Canada. Photo via @AlbertaWildfire. One of the Lac La Biche engine crews in Alberta answered the question, “What is in my fire truck?”. This could be a challenge…

747 returning from assignment in Bolivia

The 747 Supertanker, T-944, has completed its assignment assisting the firefighters in Bolivia. It is scheduled to fly  back to U.S. Monday night after arriving in South America on August 23. The aircraft is scheduled to depart from Viru Viru…

Decker Fire grows to over 8,000 acres

Rapid spread of the fire Sunday forced fire crews to escape to a safety zone The post Decker Fire grows to over 8,000 acres appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Accuracy and Critique

When a wildland fire incident has a controversial outcome it will often be pointed out by those who are knowledgeable on the subject, or by someone who is directly or indirectly affected. I understand how venting can be cathartic. As…

Photos of helicopters refilling at the Saddle Ridge Fire

Above: CH-54B, N722HT, at the Saddle Ridge Fire. Stonebrookphotography. These photos of helicopters refilling at the Chatsworth Lake helispot during the Saddle Ridge Fire were taken by Stonebrookphotography October 11, 2019. The fire has burned 7,965 acres and 21 structures…

Powerline investigated as possible source of Saddle Ridge Fire

Above: 3-D map of the Saddle Ridge Fire at 12:27 a.m. PDT October 13, 2019. Fire investigators are looking at a power line as a possible ignition point for the Saddle Ridge Fire that burned 7,965 acres and 21 structures…

Santa Fe National Forest fuels & restoration videos, parts 9 and 10

Here are parts nine and ten in the series of 12 videos produced by the Santa Fe National Forest on the topic of fuel management and forest restoration. Fuel Management is defined as: An act or practice of controlling flammability…

Top Tweets from the Saddle Ridge Fire

Below is a collection of some of the more interesting tweets that recorded activity during the Saddle Ridge Fire on the north side of Los Angeles October 10 and 11, 2019. The fire has burned 7,552 acres and damaged or…

Caples Fire spreads to the south

The escaped prescribed fire is 15 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe The post Caples Fire spreads to the south appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Video of Super Scoopers refilling at Lake Castaic

Today, October 11, 2019, Robert Schwemmer shot this video of two Canadair CL-415 Super Scoopers from Quebec that are under contract with Los Angeles County, refilling their water tanks at Castaic Lake to fight the Saddle Ridge fire on the…

Prescribed fire escapes on Eldorado National Forest

The fire has burned over 2,000 acres 15 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe in Northern California The post Prescribed fire escapes on Eldorado National Forest appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Saddle Ridge Fire burns dozens of homes in Los Angeles

The fire is near Sylmar, Granada Hills, and Santa Clarita The post Saddle Ridge Fire burns dozens of homes in Los Angeles appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Wildfire burning south of San Francisco on San Bruno Mtn.

A wildfire that started around 11 a.m. has burned approximately 10 acres on a steep north-facing  slope near Brisbane, California south of San Francisco. It is burning under high-voltage power lines, but there is no official  word on the cause.…

Update on fire-related power shutoffs in California

Recently updated information about Pacific Gas and Electric’s preemptive power shutoff for much of Northern California includes additional locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and the north coast near Eureka (see map above). This brings the total number of…

What happens when a power company decides to turn off the electricity for millions of residents?

The preemptive power shutoff for 800,000 addresses by Pacific Gas and Electric in Northern California is directly affecting approximately two to four million residents. The power company took this action to prevent their feeble power line system from starting fires…

Power company may turn off electricity to 30,000 addresses in Southern California during wind event

SDG&E may suspend electrical service to some customers this week The post Power company may turn off electricity to 30,000 addresses in Southern California during wind event appeared first on Wildfire Today.

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