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

Canadians send aircraft to assist with Australian bushfires

The Canadian Armed Forces are sending aircraft to Australia to assist with the unprecedented number bushfires that have been plaguing the eastern side of the continent for months. At least one of the aircraft will be a CC-177 Globemaster III,…

Fire Department helicopter crew responded to Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash

Cool, moist air limited the visibility the morning of January 26 when I stopped by the Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations Barton Heliport in Pacoima, California. When I arrived at 9 a.m. to report on the helicopter program…

It is more difficult for animals to survive megafires than “normal” fires

Photo of a fire in Victoria, Australia, by Forest Fire Management Victoria Forest Fire Operations Officer Dion Hooper, taken on Wombargo Track looking towards Cobberas (north of Buchan in East Gippsland). On a typical, average, or normal vegetation fire, many…

More information has become available about the C-130 crash in Australia

Australian media outlets have published aerial photos of the site where Air Tanker 134, an EC-130Q, crashed in western New South Wales January 23, 2020. In some respects the site looks similar to those taken after the 2012 crash of…

An overview of the C-130 incident in Australia

A video has been posted on YouTube by “blancolirio”, who frequently makes aviation-related videos. In the 15-minute piece he analyzes from afar the January 23, 2020 crash of Air Tanker 134, the Coulson Aviation EC-130Q in which Paul Hudson, Ian…

New air tanker base to be constructed in Colorado Springs

The City of Colorado Springs and the US Forest Service are going to build a new permanent air tanker base at the Colorado Springs Airport. On January 24, the Forest Service signed a lease agreement with the Colorado Springs Airport.…

Report: DOI manipulated wildfire science data to justify increased logging

A trove of emails obtained by reporters at The Guardian indicate that an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior selected wildfire science data in order to promote logging. Below is an excerpt from the article. …The emails show…

C-130 crash victims identified

The three crew members who perished January 23 in the crash of the C-130 in Australia have been identified. Ian H. McBeth, Captain, born November 24, 1975 Paul Clyde Hudson, First Officer, born July 21, 2977 Rick A. DeMorgan Jr.,…

The history of Tanker 134

As this is written the names of the three crew members that perished in the crash of Coulson’s Tanker 134 have not been released. While we are waiting on that, here is some information about the aircraft itself. It is…

Air tanker crash in Australia kills three crew members

Updated at 4:58 a.m. PST January 23, 2020 (US time) A C-130Q air tanker (N134CG) crashed in southern New South Wales Thursday January 23 (Australia time). Coulson Aviation released a statement saying their aircraft, Tanker 134, had departed from Richmond…

Report of serious air tanker incident in Australia

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is reporting that contact has been lost with a large air tanker that was working in the southern part of the state in the Snowy Monaro area. Thanks and a tip of the…

Firefighter headed to Australia jumps at the opportunity to help

Justine Gude is interviewed before boarding a flight to help with the bushfires in Australia, January 7, 2020. Screenshot from the ABC7 video below. As 20 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service were about to depart from Los Angeles for…

Analysis of tree regeneration following large wildfires

Below are key findings and a brief summary from a paper titled, “Post-fire tree regeneration and fuels across the Northern Rockies following large wildfires: science meta-analyses, scenarios and manager workshops”. The principal investigators were: Penelope Morgan, University of IdahoCamille Stevens-Rumann,…

What is behind PG&E’s power blackouts?

Investigative reporters from FULLMEASURE looked at how the preemptive electricity blackouts occurred in California and the effects on residents and businesses. Author: Bill Gabbert The post What is behind PG&E’s power blackouts? appeared first on Wildfire Today. Go to Source…

Australian dairy farmer’s father and brother were killed in the bushfire, but his daily chores could not be ignored

Tim Salway’s father, Robert, and brother, Patrick, died trying to defend their properties in a New South Wales bushfire, but Tim’s daily chores at the dairy farm could not be ignored. The article below was written by Sergeant Max Bree…

Australian public television reports on the country’s air tanker situation

Greg Mullins, former head of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Greg Mullins, former head of New South Wales Rural Fire Service, was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), a public broadcasting…

Australia’s Air Force assists with bushfire crisis

C-17A Globemaster airplanes have transported three NH-90 helicopters from New Zealand. The Royal Australian Air Force is providing assistance during the bushfire crisis on the continent in a number of ways: C-17A Globemaster airplanes have transported NH-90 helicopters from New…

Firefighters in Victoria — photos

Until two to three weeks ago most of the bushfire activity in Australia was concentrated in New South Wales, but in January firefighters further south in Victoria became increasingly busy. Most of these photos (except as noted) were posted on…

A proposal for countries to share air tankers resurfaces

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Canadian Australian Strategic Firefighting Initiative vessel. (Davie Shipyard) A concept for sharing firefighting air tankers between the northern and southern hemispheres proposed in 2016 has resurfaced. The wildfire seasons in opposite times of the…

Deployment of two air tankers to Australia delayed by fog and a volcano

Air Tankers 910, 911, and 914 at Albuquerque, May 3, 2019. The departure of additional air tankers from the United States to assist with bushfires in Australia has been delayed for reasons not usually associated with firefighting. The MD-87 air…

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