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…

Forecast for wildfire smoke, August 27, 2020

Smoke forecast 6 p.m. MDT Aug 26 2020. RealEarth.These maps show the forecasts for the distribution of near surface smoke from wildfires. The map above is for Wednesday evening August 26, and the other is for Thursday morning August 27.…

Lightning, rain, and Red Flag Warnings in parts of California

Lightning during the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. PDT August 24, 2020. The yellow strikes are the most recent.So far the thunderstorms that Californians were worried about that could ignite even more wildfires did not have much effect in…

Briefing on the largest California fires

August 22, 2020 | 12:18 p.m. PDTMap of the SCU Lightning Complex and CZU August Lightning Complex of fires August 21, 2020.Saturday, on the seventh day after a 72-hour lightning bust started hundreds of wildfires in California, firefighters are stretched…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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