Off duty firefighter dies on Archie Creek Fire in Oregon

September 23, 2020 | 8:22 p.m. PDTArchie Creek Fire map, 2:35 p.m. PDT Sept. 22, 2020.A heavy equipment operator passed away on the Archie Creek Fire in Western Oregon. The Incident Management Team announced September 23 the death of Walter…

Pilot identified in crash of air tanker in Idaho

Schill Fire. BLM photo.Updated September 23, 2020  |  3:40 p.m. MDTThe Bureau of Land Management has provided more information about the crash of a single engine air tanker:“On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at approximately 7 p.m. MDT, a Single Engine…

Community destruction during extreme wildfires is a home ignition problem

US Forest Service photoBy Jack Cohen and Dave StrohmaierWe must abandon our expectation that we can suppress 100% of wildfires and reject the false narrative that community protection requires wildfire control. Community wildfire disasters have only occurred during extreme conditions…

300 firefighters from Canada are assisting with wildfires in Washington and Oregon

September 19, 2020  |  4:24 p.m. PDTDarron Williams welcomes Canadian firefighters from the Merritt Fire Zone, B.C. L to R: Edge, John Noel, Darron Williams, Kendra Finch, and Steffens Hunt. NWCC photo.Approximately 300 firefighters from Canada are in Washington and…

Smoke and air quality maps, September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020  |  4:42 p.m. MDTNear-surface smoke, at 2 p.m. MDT September 19, 2020. NOAA. Near-surface smoke refers to the smoke that will hover within 8 meters (26 feet) of the ground—the kind responsible for burning eyes and aggravated…

An additional 250 active duty military personnel assigned to fire suppression duty

File photo. Members of the Army’s Task Force First Round are briefed on the layout of the Incident Command Post after arriving at the Tower Fire, near Newport, Washington August 22, 2015. The 200 soldiers along with support personnel underwent…

Bobcat Fire crosses Angeles Crest Highway

3-D map of the Bobcat Fire. The red line was the perimeter as mapped by an aircraft at 10:48 p.m. MDT Sept. 15, 2020. Looking north-northeast.The north end of the Bobcat fire has burned across the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy.…

California and Oregon fires — lives lost and structures burned

Elkhorn Fire. Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California. September 3, 2020. Sanford Ridge Off of Winter Trail in Wilderness Area. Photo by Mike McMillan.Lives lostThe tally of the number of lives lost in the California and Oregon blazes will undoubtedly…

The President spoke about firefighting and forest management after landing at Sacramento

Upon landing at Sacramento McClellan Airport the President talked about firefighting and forest management September 14, 2020. A P-3 air tanker can be seen in the background.After landing at Sacramento McClellan Airport September 14, 2020 to meet with Governor Gavin…

Air quality and smoke forecasts for September, 13, 2020

Smoke forecast for 6 a.m. PDT Sept 13, 2020.The map above shows the forecast for the distribution of near-surface smoke at 6 a.m. PDT September, 13, 2020.It appears that severe impacts will occur in areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and…

North Complex of fires estimated at a quarter of million acres after explosive growth

September 9, 2020 | 4:20 p.m. PDTNorth Complex of Fires, 11:36 p.m. PDT Sept. 8, 2020. The Claremont/Bear Fire, two fires that merged.One of the fires on the North Complex of fires east of Chico, California apparently grew by about…

Glendower Fire (aka Almeda Fire) burns toward Medford, Oregon

Updated September 9, 2020 | 9:04 a.m. PDTMap of the Almeda Drive and South Obenchain Fires at 4:14 a.m. PDT Sept 9, 2020.A second fire in the Medford, Oregon area, the South Obenchain Fire north of the city, is prompting…

The 7,000-acre El Dorado Fire was started by a pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party

@halltoonsAnother large wildfire has been started by a pyrotechnic device at a gender reveal party. CAL FIRE determined that the El Dorado Fire which has burned over 7,000 acres near a heavily populated area of San Bernardino County in southern…

Firefighters deploy fire shelters on a wildfire near Bozeman, Montana

September 6, 2020 | 2:03 p.m. MDTBridger Foothills Fire, map current at 9:26 p.m. MDT Sept 5, 2020.Three firefighters on the Bridger Foothills Fire northeast of Bozeman, Montana were forced to deploy and take refuge in their fire shelters September…

Creek Fire grows rapidly near Huntington Lake, California

Updated September 5, 2020 | 6:42 p.m. PDTMap showing heat detected on the Creek Fire by satellites as late as 2:23 p.m. PDT September 5, 2020.The Creek Fire that has only been burning for about 24 hours in central California…

California passes bill to allow former inmates who served on fire crews to pursue a career in fire

The California legislature has passed a bill, AB 2147, that would allow former prisoners who worked on inmate fire crews to pursue a career in firefighting.The  bill authored by Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes will allow nonviolent offenders who have logged…

Over 200 wildland firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 and one has died

September 2, 2020 | 4:15 p.m. MDTBriefing at the Dolan Fire in California, posted on InciWeb August 23, 2020.NBC News is reporting that at least 222 firefighters employed by the federal land management agencies have tested positive for the COVID-19…

Growing up in a National Park Service family

I recently became aware of an article that appeared in the Spring, 1998 edition of “Ranger”, a publication of the Association of National Park Rangers. It was written by Jennifer Blake, the daughter of Bill Blake who when he retired…

Two fires erupt in South Dakota and Nebraska

Map showing the locations of fires in Nebraska and South Dakota, August 28, 2020.On Friday firefighters were attacking two new fires in South Dakota and Nebraska.The Aristocrat Fire is in northwest Nebraska near Chadron three miles southeast of the intersection…

Pine Gulch Fire could become largest in Colorado history

Pine Gulch Fire August 21, 2020. InciWeb.If the Pine Gulch Fire 12 miles north of Grand Junction, Colorado continues growing at the pace it has shown for the last couple of days, it will soon become the largest fire in…

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