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

Excessive Heat Warnings in parts of Central and Eastern U.S.

Hopefully firefighters will not have to spend much time battling fires in the areas where Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service. On Sunday, July 21 most of the areas identified on the…

Central Fire breaks out north of Phoenix

(UPDATED at 9:37 a.m. MDT July 21, 2019) Officials said Saturday evening that the Central Fire just east of New River, Arizona had burned 503 acres (see the map below). The National Situation Report issued Sunday morning has it listed…

Air tankers at Medford during Lumgrey Fire

Tim Crippin sent us these photos he took at Medford, Oregon June 17, 2019 of air tankers working the Lumgrey Fire on the Klamath National Forest in Northern California. Thanks Tim! The post Air tankers at Medford during Lumgrey Fire…

An all-female helitack crew on a flight in Arizona

Ashlyn Parker, a pilot with Helicopter Express, let us know about an all-female crew on a recent flight while working near North Kaibab, Arizona supporting the Little Springs and Castle Fires: A helicopter flight on July 14th had an all…

Catching up with aerial firefighting on Twitter

Here is a collection of tweets about aerial firefighting. Most of them were brought to our attention by @jetcitystar. Numerosos medios terrestre y aéreos intenta apagar el incendió de “El Berrueco en Sotillo de la Adrada. Hoy a las 13:00…

Five more PB4Y-2 air tankers

In our continuing series of looking back at photos of historic air tankers, today we are featuring five PB4Y-2 Privateers: Tankers 30, 50, 121, 123, and 124.  All of these photos of the aircraft seen here were furnished by the…

Columbia Helicopters to be acquired by AE Industrial Partners

AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets, announced July 18, 2019 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Columbia Helicopters. Columbia’s CEO Steve…

Red Flag Warnings in effect Tuesday and Wednesday

Red Flag Warnings in effect July 16 and 17, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for elevated wildfire danger beginning at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16 for areas of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.  As…

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