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

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…

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…

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