Report released for a firefighter fatality in Texas

Occurred on a wildfire in March, 2018 The post Report released for a firefighter fatality in Texas appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Flying through a pyrocumulonimbus cloud

(This article first appeared at earthobservatory.nasa.gov) Atmospheric scientists regularly take note when satellites detect thunderheads rising above columns of wildfire smoke. These “fire clouds”—experts call them pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) or cumulonimbus flammagenitus—are caused when fires loft enough heat and moisture into the…

Number of large air tankers on USFS contracts drops

There are 13 exclusive use, and 8 call when needed. Three fewer than last year on CWN list. The post Number of large air tankers on USFS contracts drops appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Researchers study and film the depths and heights of a forest fire

The scientists captured video that is mesmerizing The post Researchers study and film the depths and heights of a forest fire appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Memorial rededicated for the crew of Air Tanker 130

(This article first appeared at Fire Aviation) The rededication of the memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 occurred as planned on August 10. Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis were killed June 17, 2002 when their C-130…

Special tribute to Smokey Bear by New Jersey Forest Fire Service

As part of the celebration of the 75th year of the Smokey Bear wildfire prevention campaign, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service produced this video tribute. Smokey is reminiscing about old times until the video switches to present day halfway…

Wildfire smoke maps, August 10, 2019

These maps predict the distribution of smoke from wildfires at 5 p.m. PDT August 10, 2019. The first map is for vertically integrated smoke, depicting all of the smoke in a vertical column, including smoke high in Earth’s atmosphere. That…

New memorial to be unveiled today for the crew of Air Tanker 130 in Walker, California

Three crew members were killed in 2002 when their C-130 crashed The post New memorial to be unveiled today for the crew of Air Tanker 130 in Walker, California appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Lightning and rain in the Northwest, Red Flag Warning in five states

Thunderstorms were prevalent in the Northwest United States on Friday with many areas receiving rain ranging from a trace to about half an inch in some locations in Northwest California and Southwest Oregon. Thunderstorms apparently affected the route of Air…

Falling tree causes serious injury to firefighter

On August 6, 2019 a 72-hour report provided information about a serious injury that occurred August 3 on the East Evans Creek Fire about 18 air miles north of Medford, Oregon: “On August 3, 2019, at approximately 0230 (PST), a…

Golf Fire required evacuations near Clear Lake in Northern California

Above: The Golf Fire near Clear Lake in Northern California, August 8, 2019. Photo by Kent Porter. (Originally published at 7:55 a.m. PDT August 9, 2019) The Golf Fire near the south end of Clear Lake in Northern California required…

Bear falls on Sheriff’s vehicle causing crash and fire

We have written about animals causing fires a number of times, but this situation is unique. On August 3 in Northern California a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy was responding on Highway 96 to a report of an overdose when the…

Concessionaire employee in Yellowstone sentenced to 3 months in jail for starting wildfire

An employee of one of the concessionaires in Yellowstone National Park was sentenced to three months of incarceration and $5,000 restitution for starting a fire. Curtis J. Faustich admitted to dropping a lit cigarette on the ground while sitting at…

Williams Flats Fire grows to over 34,000 acres in Northeast Washington

The Williams Flats fire in northeast Washington was very active Wednesday and Wednesday night, spreading to the east an additional one to two miles and reaching BIA Road 11 less than half a mile from the Columbia river on the…

Company’s spray-on long term fire protection product does not work as claimed, prosecutors say

The company displayed on its website the logo of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, with no evidence that the Foundation endorsed the product The post Company’s spray-on long term fire protection product does not work as claimed, prosecutors say appeared…

Shelter Pass Fire burns thousands of acres west of Great Salt Lake

(Originally published at 3 p.m. MDT August 7, 2019) The Shelter Pass Fire, believed to have started from lightning on Sunday, was very active Wednesday, attracting the attention at various times of two DC-10 Very Large Air Tankers, T-910 and…

Wildfire smoke maps for August 7, 2019

Which do you prefer? The post Wildfire smoke maps for August 7, 2019 appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Panel details improvements on the horizon for wildland fire situational awareness

New tools being developed that can help fight fires more safely and efficiently The post Panel details improvements on the horizon for wildland fire situational awareness appeared first on Wildfire Today.

PG&E launches satellite wildfire alert system

The following information was released by the California-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company which describes a system they have developed to extract near real time fire detection data from satellites, such as the GOES 16 and the new GOES 17.…

Wildfire smoke map, August 6, 2019

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