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

Two fires erupt in South Dakota and Nebraska

Map showing the locations of fires in Nebraska and South Dakota, August 28, 2020.On Friday firefighters were attacking two new fires in South Dakota and Nebraska.The Aristocrat Fire is in northwest Nebraska near Chadron three miles southeast of the intersection…

Summarizing the aerial firefighter line of duty deaths during a recent 49-day period

If you are like me it seems like there have been a lot of deaths of firefighting pilots recently (there have been) and maybe it is getting difficult to keep track. I feel bad if for a moment I can’t…

Ride with the pilots as C-130 aircraft drop retardant on fires

Screenshot from MAFFS cockpit video below, California, August 22, 2020. Fred Johnson of Airailimages let us know about a video he put on YouTube of California Air National Guard C-130Js fighting fire using a Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS). It…

Pine Gulch Fire could become largest in Colorado history

Pine Gulch Fire August 21, 2020. InciWeb.If the Pine Gulch Fire 12 miles north of Grand Junction, Colorado continues growing at the pace it has shown for the last couple of days, it will soon become the largest fire in…

Forecast for wildfire smoke, August 27, 2020

Smoke forecast 6 p.m. MDT Aug 26 2020. RealEarth.These maps show the forecasts for the distribution of near surface smoke from wildfires. The map above is for Wednesday evening August 26, and the other is for Thursday morning August 27.…

Pilot killed in helicopter accident while battling Oregon fire

August 25, 2020 | 4:07 a.m. PDT White River Fire August 24, 2020 The pilot of a helicopter was killed August 24 while assisting firefighters on the White River Fire in Oregon. According to the U.S. Forest Service the K-MAX…

Lightning, rain, and Red Flag Warnings in parts of California

Lightning during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. PDT August 24, 2020. The yellow strikes are the most recent.So far the thunderstorms that Californians were worried about that could ignite even more wildfires did not have much effect in…

Firefighters resupplied by steerable parachutes

GPS guided parachute resupplies firefighters with food on the August Complex of fires on the Mendocino National Forest. Screenshot from video. Firefighters in a remote location on the August Complex of fires in northern California were recently resupplied with four…

Briefing on the largest California fires

August 22, 2020 | 12:18 p.m. PDTMap of the SCU Lightning Complex and CZU August Lightning Complex of fires August 21, 2020.Saturday, on the seventh day after a 72-hour lightning bust started hundreds of wildfires in California, firefighters are stretched…

Two additional MAFFS air tankers mobilized, bringing the total up to four

File photo of MAFFS aircraft at Cheyenne, WY for annual training and recertification, April 30, 2014. Two military C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) were mobilized earlier this week to join the other two activated July…

CAL FIRE’s video briefing about statewide fires, and the LNU Complex of fires

LNU Complex of fires — briefing. ABC10.At a briefing Wednesday the first minute and a half was about the statewide wildfire situation, then they moved on to details about the LNU Complex of fires in Napa, Lake, and Solano Counties…

Pilot killed in crash of firefighting helicopter near Coalinga, California

August 19, 2020  |  5:12 p.m. PDT N711GH, Guardian Helicopters photo. A pilot was killed August 19 in the crash of a helicopter while working on the Hills Fire, approximately 9 miles south of the City of Coalinga. Air and…

California wildfires over the last century, in 106 seconds

Screenshot from the video below about California Wildfires 1910 to 2019. Produced by ESRI.ESRI has produced a short video that displays the locations wildfires in California over the last 110 years, 1910 to 2019.[embedded content][embedded content] Go to Source to…

Lightning ignites fires in San Francisco Bay Area

August 17, 2020  |  7:21 p.m. PDTThe map shows some of the significant wildfires that have started in the last few days in the Bay Area. Updated August 17, 2020 with satellite heat data from 2:24 p.m.The map above is…

River Fire prompts evacuations south of Salinas, California

August 17, 2020  |  7:13 a.m. PDTThe red and yellow dots on the map represent heat detected by a satellite on the River Fire at 2:18 a.m. PDT August 17, 2020. The locations are estimates and the fire has continued…

Three helicopters help suppress fire that spread into auto wrecking yard near Bend, Oregon

A vegetation fire that spread into an auto wrecking yard Saturday was attacked by firefighters on the ground and at least five aircraft. Hundreds of homes were threatened including a mobile home park next door. Footage from KTVZ showed numerous…

Wildfire smoke forecast for 9 a.m. MDT August 16

August 15, 2020  |  6:46 p.m. MDTSmoke forecast for 9 a.m. MDT August 16, 2020. NOAA.The map above is the forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 9 a.m. MDT August 16, 2020. Locations where it will be…

Four large wildfires keep firefighters in Colorado busy

A week ago when I was talking with a colleague about the national wildfire situation we agreed there was a “lull” in the action. With new fires in California and Colorado since then, that has changed. In southern California on…

Preliminary report reveals one of the SEATs involved in the July 30 mid-air collision had retardant on windshield

Two pilots were killed July 30, 2020 at the Bishop Fire in southeast Nevada A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that one of the two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) that collided and crashed July…

Lake Fire spreads rapidly near Lake Hughes, California

A very rapidly spreading fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest about 19 miles west of Lancaster, California. When units first arrived the fire was about 100 acres burning on both sides of Lake Hughes Road, spreading…

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