Wetter conditions in Australia may lead to a fire season very different from a year ago

The 2020/21 fire season will be influenced by vastly different climate drivers than the previous two fire seasons, according to a September through November outlook from the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre.With a La Niña ALERT now active,…

Firefighters on Glass Fire evaluated for possible carbon monoxide exposure

October 6, 2020   |   2:31 p.m. PDTThe north end of the Glass Fire, as seen from St Helena South camera at 225 p.m. PDT Oct. 6, 2020. Looking east. AlertWildfire.Sixteen firefighters assigned to the Glass Fire near the Napa Valley…

Three found dead at Zogg Fire in northern California

Map of the Zogg Fire. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 3 a.m. PDT Sept. 29, 2020. The red line was mapped by a fixed wing aircraft at 1:30 a.m. PDT Sept. 29, 2020.CAL FIRE reports…

Report released for fatal crash of C-130 air tanker in Australia

September 25, 2020  |  5:23 p.m. MDTThis article was first published at Fire Aviation September 24, 2020The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released an interim report about the January 23, 2020 crash of a C-130, Air Tanker 134, that…

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…

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