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

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…

Eight years ago today — Anne Veseth

Anne Veseth. USFS photo.Eight years ago today, in 2012, Anne Veseth was killed while working on the Steep Corner Fire 56 miles northeast of Orofino, Idaho. The fire was on private property and was being managed by the Clearwater‐Potlatch Timber…

One of the two Forest Service infrared mapping aircraft has not been successfully used since November, 2018

The two USFS aircraft equipped with infrared sensors used to map vegetation fires. USFS graphic. The U.S. Forest Service owns two twin-engine aircraft equipped with infrared (IR) sensing technology that can accurately map wildfires, even at night and through smoke.…

Grizzly Creek Fire closes I-70 near Glenwood Springs, CO

 Updated August 10, 2020 | 10:44 p.m. MDTGrizzly Creek Fire, August 10, 2020. IMT photo.Two Incident Management Teams have been ordered for the Grizzly Creek Fire on Interstate 70 two miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Area…

Pine Gulch Fire grows to nearly 24,000 acres in western Colorado

3-D map of the Pine Gulch Fire looking north. The red line was the fire perimeter at 8:08 p.m. MDT August 8, 2020. The white line was the perimeter three days before.The Pine Gulch Fire 15 miles north of Grand…

Pilot killed in crash of Portuguese air tanker

August 8, 2020 | 1:07 p.m. MDTMap showing the general area of the crash of a CL-215 (EC-HET). The icons represent heat detected by satellites at 8:10 a.m. MDT (US) August 8, 2020.(This article first appeared at FireAviation.com)A Portuguese water-scooping…

Crash of Portuguese CL-215 air tanker kills pilot

August 8, 2020 | 1 p.m. MDT Map showing the general area of the crash of a CL-215 (EC-HET). The icons represent heat detected by satellites at 8:10 a.m. MDT (US) August 8, 2020. A Portuguese water-scooping air tanker crashed…

Photos of air tankers and a lead plane working out of Redmond, OR

August 6, 2020 | 7:50 p.m. PDT Tanker 60, a DC-7B, arriving at Redmond, OR August 3, 2020. Photo by Cooper Palubeski. Cooper Palubeski sent us photos he took August 3 of firefighting aircraft at Redmond, Oregon. Thanks Cooper! The…

Stagecoach Fire continues to burn in Kern County, California

Stagecoach Fire as seen from Breckenridge, looking east at 6:18 pm PDT August 5, 2020.As of Wednesday morning the Stagecoach Fire south of Lake Isabella in Kern County California had burned 4,100 acres, a spokesperson for CAL FIRE said. During…

Growth of the Apple Fire in southern California slows

Apple Fire, San Bernardino NF, August 2, 2020. Screenshot from ABC7 video.Normally a wildfire that adds about a thousand acres a day would be very newsworthy, but now that the Apple Fire has burned over 27,000 acres, an additional 500…

LACoFD has two new Firehawks

Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters 21 and 22 arrive at Barton Heliport in Pacoima, California. Photo by @ShorealoneFilms via @MichaelDubron. With their arrival today at the Barton Heliport in Pacoima, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has two new…

Video of National Guard MAFFS air tankers in action

A MAFFS air tanker approaches a target. Screenshot from the National Guard/Airailimages video. Fred Johnsen of AIRAILIMAGES sent us information about a video he compiled about the California National Guard C-130s that were activated with the slip-in Modular Airborne Fire…

Time-lapse video of the Apple Fire

Screenshot from the time-lapse video of the convection column on the Apple Fire, shot by Leroy Leggitt.This video compresses 20 minutes of high intensity wildfire behavior on the Apple Fire into 20 seconds. It was recorded at 4:18 p.m. PDT…

Apple Fire near Cherry Valley, California spreads closer to Oak Glen

UPDATED at 3:31 p.m. PDT August 1, 2020Apple Fire at 2:13 p.m. August 1, 2020. Toro Peak looking northeast.The Apple fire has been very active in the early afternoon Saturday, spreading up the slope at least two miles over the…

Two air tankers collide near Bishop Fire in Nevada

UPDATED at 10:15 p.m. MDT July 30, 2020 Map showing heat detected by satellites on the Bishop fire as late as 3 a.m. MDT July 30, 2020. Two air tankers collided July 30 while working on the Bishop Fire in…

Two C-130 MAFFS air tankers relieved by another pair

MAFFS C-130 training in Boise April 21, 2017. Photo by Bill Gabbert After a week on the job the two California National Guard C-130 MAFFS air tankers that were activated on July 22 are being relieved as scheduled and will…

Caldwell Fire, pushed by winds from thunderstorm, more than doubles in size

Map of the Caldwell Fire. The red line was the perimeter at 12:24 am PDT July 27, 2020. The white line was the perimeter about 24 hours before.Outflow winds from a thunderstorm Sunday caused the Caldwell Fire to spread seven…

Excellent photos of Tanker 131 on the Karen Fire

Air Tanker 131, a C-130Q (N130FF) on the Karen Fire in San Bernardino County, CA July 26, 2020. Photo credit: CAL FIRE Riverside Co FD. Firefighters battling the Karen Fire near Fontana in southern California July 26 got some excellent…

Caldwell Fire is very active in northeast California

Originally published at 8:47 a.m. PDT July 25, 2020Satellite imagery showing heat and smoke on the Caldwell Fire at 7:41 p.m. PDT July 25, 2020.The Caldwell Fire in northeast California has been very active for the last two days, growing…

Wildfire smoke and COVID-19

The U.S. Forest Service has published a three-page fact sheet with information about the impacts of wildfire smoke during the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers the effects of smoke during the pandemic, who is most at risk, symptoms, masks and face…

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