Wildland firefighters’ invisible injuries can be life-threatening

Attendees at the memorial service for David Ruhl in Rapid City, South Dakota, August 9, 2015. Photo by Bill Gabbert.During his 14 years working for the Bureau of Land Management as a wildland firefighter, a fire that Danny Brown responded…

Fire behavior analyst calculates the probability of embers from Mount Rushmore fireworks igniting wildfires

File photo showing Mount Rushmore fireworks with burning embers hitting the ground. Photo: South Dakota TourismWith a large fireworks show slated to be carried out this evening over the Mount Rushmore sculpture and the surrounding pine forest, I solicited a…

Above normal wildfire activity predicted to expand from the Great Basin into the Northwest and Northern Rockies

Today the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center issued their National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for July through October.In July and August above normal wildfire potential is predicted to grow west and north across northern California,…

Chatridge 2 Fire burns over 400 acres south of Denver

(Originally published at 3:31 p.m. MDT June 29, 2020)Map showing the location of the Chatridge 2 Fire south of Denver, June 29, 2020.In about four and a half hours today the Chatridge 2 Fire burned 456 acres south of Denver…

Firefighters on the Bighorn Fire near Tucson prepare for Red Flag conditions Sunday and Monday

Night operations at Summerhaven on the Bighorn Fire. Photo by David Melendez June 26, 2020.The National Weather Service in Tucson has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tucson and the Bighorn Fire area from noon to 8 p.m. MST Sunday…

Mine Draw Fire being fought 6 miles south of Mount Rushmore

(UPDATED at 8:15 p.m. MDT June 24, 2020)Two additional hotshot crews are en route to the Mine Draw Fire east of Custer, South Dakota — the Roosevelt Hotshots from Colorado and the Wyoming Hotshots.The fire is half a mile north…

Bighorn Fire near Tucson grows to over 74,000 acres

3-D map of the Bighorn Fire looking southeast. The green line was the perimeter June 19, 2020. The red line was the perimeter at 10:52 p.m. MDT June 23, 2020. The shaded areas represent intense heat detected by the mapping…

Kern County cuts their Rio Bravo Hotshot Crew

Rio Bravo Hotshots in 2018. Kern County Fire Department photo.The southern California-based Rio Bravo Type 1 Hotshot crew has been defunded. The Kern County Board of Supervisors announced in a press release earlier this month, “Rio Bravo Crew 7 will…

Forecast for wildfire smoke, June 20, 2020

Forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT June 20, 2020. NOAA HRRR-SmokeThe forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT Saturday looks rather bleak for areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,…

Forecast for wildfire smoke, July 20, 2020

Forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT July 20, 2020. NOAA HRRR-SmokeThe forecast for the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 7 p.m. MDT Saturday looks rather bleak for areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,…

Wildfire smoke map, June 17, 2020

This is the forecast for the distribution of vertically integrated and near surface smoke at 7 p.m. MDT June 17, 2020. By NOAA.This is the forecast for the distribution of vertically integrated and near surface smoke at 7 p.m. MDT…

“Bush Fire” east of Phoenix approaches Highway 188 and Theodore Roosevelt Lake

(Originally published at 10:07 a.m. MDT June 17, 2020)3-D map of the Bush Fire at 3 a.m. MDT June 17, 2020. Data from USFS mapping flight and NASA satellites.The “Bush Fire” east of Phoenix was very active again Tuesday and…

Members of Congress call for increased support for wildfire preparedness

Warehouse at the National Interagency Fire Center. Screenshot from NIFC video.On June 15 Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 18 members of Congress in the California Delegation in calling on House leadership to ensure that any future legislative package focused on…

Wildfire smoke forecast, June 14, 2020

Forecast for near surface and vertically integrated wildfire smoke Sunday at 4 p.m. MDT June 14.This is the forecast for near surface and vertically integrated wildfire smoke Sunday at 4 p.m. MDT June 14. Go to Source to read more…

Smoke from wildfires in Arizona affects Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and other states

Forecast for wildfire smoke at 9 p.m. MDT June 13, 2020. Vertically integrated and near surface smoke. NOAA.Smoke from wildfires near Tucson and north of the Grand Canyon is being pushed by strong winds into states to the north and…

Mangum Fire runs 8 miles in northern Arizona

3-D map of the Mangum Fire, looking east. Data from 1:04 a.m. MDT June 13, 2020. Wildfire Today.Pushed by winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour, the Mangum Fire ran for an additional 8 miles to the north-northeast Friday.…

Evacuations underway for Lime Fire near Lake Piru in southern California

(Originally published at 7:47 p.m. PDT June 10, 2020)Map showing the approximate location of the Lime Fire west of Lake Piru in southern California June 10, 2020.Mandatory evacuations are in effect for a wildfire that started late Wednesday afternoon west…

Senators grill fire officials about COVID-19 and the safety of wildland firefighters

Topics included testing and the availability of personal protective equipment, as well as the availability of air tankers At a hearing today before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources two of the four witnesses and several of the…

Blue River Fire burns over 18,000 acres east of Globe, Arizona

Six miles northeast of San Carlos The Blue River Fire has burned 18,602 acres 6 miles northeast of San Carlos, Arizona since it started from a lightning strike June 5. The fire is being managed by the Arizona Central West…

Red Flag Warnings in 8 states, June 8, 2020

Red Flag Warnings, June 8, 2020. NWS.The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for June 8 in areas of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Most of the areas will experience strong winds and…

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