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Park Service conducts prescribed fire at Mount Rushmore

Prescribed fire at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, April 29, 2020. Photo by Paul Horsted.Mount Rushmore National Memorial conducted a prescribed fire Wednesday. The plan conceived weeks ago, according to what one of the firefighters told photographer Paul Horsted, was to…

Tillman Road Fire burns 1,700 acres in south Mississippi

Wildfire in Harrison County Mississippi, April 27, 2020. Photo by Mississippi Forestry Commission.A fire two miles from the Gulf Coast burned approximately 1,700 acres in southern Mississippi northwest of Gulfport. Reported at noon on Sunday April 26, the Tillman Road…

National Park Service decides to explode fireworks over the Mount Rushmore sculpture

The sculpture at Mount Rushmore is located at the icon in this satellite photo.In a result that may not surprise those who have followed the issue of fireworks over Mount Rushmore, the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the agency…

AAR completed for the Lion Fire near Meeker, Colorado

Map showing the approximate location of the Lion Fire 1.5 miles west of Meeker, Colorado. Data from Orora Technologies detected from 2:12 p.m. MDT April 7, to 2:30 a.m. MDT April 8, 2020.An informal After Action Review has been produced…

Application period opens April 28 for Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program

This week first responders can begin applying for $100 million in funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) to help provide personal protective equipment to firefighters and first responders who are managing…

US Forest Service may contract for up to 30 more helicopters

A Eurocopter Super Puma AW139 arrives at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California January 24, 2020. It is registered to Horizon Helicopters in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Photo by Bill Gabbert. The U.S. Forest Service has published a solicitation asking for bids…

Electric co-op in Washington reaches settlement to pay $1.1 million for suppression of fire that killed three firefighters

Photo from the report on the Twisp River Fire.The Okanogan County Electric Co-op has agreed to a $1.1 million settlement for the suppression costs of the deadly 2015 Twisp River Fire.U.S. Attorney William D. Hyslop announced that the settlement had…

Military C-130 crews train for fighting wildfires

MAFFS aircraft at Boise, April 20, 2017. Photo by Bill Gabbert. Military crews and C-130 aircraft are training in Colorado so that they can assist with wildfires. Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard’s…

Oregon enlists Bigfoot for help with wildfire prevention

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s “Bigfoot: Believe in Fire Safety” campaign is returning for the 2020 wildfire season, asking Oregonians to protect their communities by preventing wildfires.“This really comes down to protecting communities and preventing wildfires,” says State…

Report reveals actions taken after fatal helicopter crash on prescribed fire

A report has been released about the fatal helicopter crash that occurred on a prescribed fire in Texas, March 27, 2019. One of the passengers, Daniel Laird, was killed. The pilot and the other passenger were injured and transported to…

BLM conducts 1,123-acre prescribed fire northeast of Billings, MT

Bureau of Land Management firefighters conducted the 1,123-acre Kendall Coulee South prescribed fire northeast of Billings, MT on April 20, 2020. The BLM uploaded the video below, April 22, 2020: “Safely and successfully conducting a prescribed fire requires a great…

MD-87 air tanker lands safely after losing an engine

The crew declared an emergency and landed at Midland, Texas A problem with an engine on April 21 resulted in an unscheduled landing for an Erickson Aero Air MD-87 air tanker. While Tanker 101 was returning to Alamogordo after dropping…

Contracts with Type 1 helicopters are expiring April 30

Some vendors have received 30-day contracts beginning May 1 The four-year exclusive use contracts for Type 1 firefighting helicopters issued in 2016 expire at the end of this month on April 30. Since new contracts based on the solicitation issued…

Holcomb Road Fire burns thousands of acres in Texas

(Originally published at 6:25 p.m. CDT April 21, 2020) The fire has blackened 18,000 acres in Crockett and Val Verde Counties A wildfire 32 miles north of the Rio Grande and 28 miles southwest of Ozona, Texas has burned 18,000…

A DC-10 reloading in Arizona worked the Holcomb Road Fire in Texas

Tanker 910 delivered at least four loads of retardant over two days A wildfire 32 miles north of the Rio Grande and 28 miles southwest of Ozona, Texas has burned 18,000 acres. The Holcomb Road Fire started April 19, 2020,…

The first of five C-130s purchased from Norway departs from Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson

Coulson intends to convert them into air tankers The first of five C-130H planes that Coulson Aviation purchased from the Norwegian military was ferried Monday from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona to Crestview, Florida. Over the last seven…

Suspect starts fires with tracer rounds then shoots at firefighters

Optima Wildlife Management Area in Oklahoma On April 17 an individual that was illegally camping in the Optima Wildlife Management Area in the Oklahoma panhandle and was asked to leave by an Oklahoma Game Warden. As the suspect was departing…

Colorado seeks to add to their aerial firefighting resources for COVID-19 preparedness

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) is requesting three additional air tankers and one helicopter, all on exclusive use contracts The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) is requesting additional aircraft for their firefighting fleet…

Bridger Aerospace receives the first Viking CL-415EAF

This is the first of six ordered by Bridger The first Viking CL-415EAF “Enhanced Aerial Firefighter” was delivered to Bridger Aerospace’s facility in Bozeman, Montana as part of a contract that with all options exercised is valued at $204 million…

Report released for crash of Air-Crane helicopter into lake

The accident occurred in Australia in January, 2019 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau determined that the Air-Crane helicopter that crashed into a lake January 28, 2019 in Victoria, Australia was a victim of vortex ring state (VRS). The accident occurred…

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