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

An interesting view of the helibase at the Corta Fire in Nevada

Tenaya Wood sent us this interesting photo taken August 8 of the helibase at the Corta Fire off Old Harrison Pass Road in Northeast Nevada. She described it as having been taken from the “ABRO Box” — as in, Air…

New memorial to be unveiled today for the crew of Air Tanker 130 in Walker, California

Three crew members were killed in 2002 when their C-130 crashed The post New memorial to be unveiled today for the crew of Air Tanker 130 in Walker, California appeared first on Wildfire Today.

New memorial being unveiled today for the crew of Air Tanker 130

The memorial in Walker, California honoring Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis was showing its age after having been in place for a decade and a half. Today at 11:30 a.m. PDT, August 10, the new memorial for the…

Lightning and rain in the Northwest, Red Flag Warning in five states

Thunderstorms were prevalent in the Northwest United States on Friday with many areas receiving rain ranging from a trace to about half an inch in some locations in Northwest California and Southwest Oregon. Thunderstorms apparently affected the route of Air…

Falling tree causes serious injury to firefighter

On August 6, 2019 a 72-hour report provided information about a serious injury that occurred August 3 on the East Evans Creek Fire about 18 air miles north of Medford, Oregon: “On August 3, 2019, at approximately 0230 (PST), a…

MAFFS makes demo drop at Wild West Show

A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 outfitted with a Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) retardant delivery system made a demonstration drop at the Cheyenne, Wyoming Wild West Show. Photo: Master Sgt. Robert Trubia, 153rd Airlift Wing, July 24, 2019. The…

Golf Fire required evacuations near Clear Lake in Northern California

Above: The Golf Fire near Clear Lake in Northern California, August 8, 2019. Photo by Kent Porter. (Originally published at 7:55 a.m. PDT August 9, 2019) The Golf Fire near the south end of Clear Lake in Northern California required…

Bear falls on Sheriff’s vehicle causing crash and fire

We have written about animals causing fires a number of times, but this situation is unique. On August 3 in Northern California a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy was responding on Highway 96 to a report of an overdose when the…

Concessionaire employee in Yellowstone sentenced to 3 months in jail for starting wildfire

An employee of one of the concessionaires in Yellowstone National Park was sentenced to three months of incarceration and $5,000 restitution for starting a fire. Curtis J. Faustich admitted to dropping a lit cigarette on the ground while sitting at…

New South Wales’ new 737 makes its first drop on a fire

This is the second 737 to be fully converted into an air tanker by Coulson Aviation The post New South Wales’ new 737 makes its first drop on a fire appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Williams Flats Fire grows to over 34,000 acres in Northeast Washington

The Williams Flats fire in northeast Washington was very active Wednesday and Wednesday night, spreading to the east an additional one to two miles and reaching BIA Road 11 less than half a mile from the Columbia river on the…

Company’s spray-on long term fire protection product does not work as claimed, prosecutors say

The company displayed on its website the logo of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, with no evidence that the Foundation endorsed the product The post Company’s spray-on long term fire protection product does not work as claimed, prosecutors say appeared…

Shelter Pass Fire burns thousands of acres west of Great Salt Lake

(Originally published at 3 p.m. MDT August 7, 2019) The Shelter Pass Fire, believed to have started from lightning on Sunday, was very active Wednesday, attracting the attention at various times of two DC-10 Very Large Air Tankers, T-910 and…

Small plane with engine failure deploys parachute, lands in Quebec forest

The pilot was rescued The post Small plane with engine failure deploys parachute, lands in Quebec forest appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Wildfire smoke maps for August 7, 2019

Which do you prefer? The post Wildfire smoke maps for August 7, 2019 appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Panel details improvements on the horizon for wildland fire situational awareness

New tools being developed that can help fight fires more safely and efficiently The post Panel details improvements on the horizon for wildland fire situational awareness appeared first on Wildfire Today.

PG&E launches satellite wildfire alert system

The following information was released by the California-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company which describes a system they have developed to extract near real time fire detection data from satellites, such as the GOES 16 and the new GOES 17.…

Wildfire smoke map, August 6, 2019

The post Wildfire smoke map, August 6, 2019 appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Forest Service has been dithering about a new air tanker contract for 433 days

Our take: The planning for utilization and contracting of air tankers has been broken since 2002 The post Forest Service has been dithering about a new air tanker contract for 433 days appeared first on Fire Aviation.

Three large fires are active in Northeast Nevada

The Corta Fire 6 mile southeast of Jiggs, NV has burned 15,000 acres The post Three large fires are active in Northeast Nevada appeared first on Wildfire Today.

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