Time-lapse video of the Apple Fire

Screenshot from the time-lapse video of the convection column on the Apple Fire, shot by Leroy Leggitt.This video compresses 20 minutes of high intensity wildfire behavior on the Apple Fire into 20 seconds. It was recorded at 4:18 p.m. PDT…

Apple Fire near Cherry Valley, California spreads closer to Oak Glen

UPDATED at 3:31 p.m. PDT August 1, 2020Apple Fire at 2:13 p.m. August 1, 2020. Toro Peak looking northeast.The Apple fire has been very active in the early afternoon Saturday, spreading up the slope at least two miles over the…

Caldwell Fire, pushed by winds from thunderstorm, more than doubles in size

Map of the Caldwell Fire. The red line was the perimeter at 12:24 am PDT July 27, 2020. The white line was the perimeter about 24 hours before.Outflow winds from a thunderstorm Sunday caused the Caldwell Fire to spread seven…

Caldwell Fire is very active in northeast California

Originally published at 8:47 a.m. PDT July 25, 2020Satellite imagery showing heat and smoke on the Caldwell Fire at 7:41 p.m. PDT July 25, 2020.The Caldwell Fire in northeast California has been very active for the last two days, growing…

Wildfire smoke and COVID-19

The U.S. Forest Service has published a three-page fact sheet with information about the impacts of wildfire smoke during the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers the effects of smoke during the pandemic, who is most at risk, symptoms, masks and face…

Photos from the Cedar Fire, 15 miles south of Elko, Nevada

Originally published at 3 p.m. MDT July 22, 2020A firing operation on the Cedar Fire in Nevada, July 20, 2020. Photo: Mike McMillan/BLM Elko District.The Cedar Fire 15 miles south of Elko, Nevada has burned 6,000 acres and Tuesday night…

Hog Fire burns more than 5,000 acres west of Susanville, CA

UPDATED at 4:50 p.m. PDT July 20, 2020A pyrocumulus cloud over the Hog Fire, seen from Dyer Mountain looking northeast at 3:25 p.m. MDT July 20, 2020.Several of the AlertWildfire cameras near the Hog Fire west of Susanville, California have…

Sheriff’s Deputy honored for saving lives during a wildfire in Utah

The truck that ignited and started a new fire near the Knolls Fire in Utah County, Utah south of Provo June 28, 2020. Screenshot from video by Utah County Sheriff’s Office.A Sheriff’s deputy was honored Wednesday for saving the lives…

Incident Management Team ordered for the Neiber Fire south of Worland, WY

The map shows heat detected on the Neiber Fire by satellites at 2:06 p.m. MDT July 15, 2020.In the 24 hours since the Neiber Fire was reported Tuesday afternoon, by 4 p.m. Wednesday it had grown to 7,800 acres according…

Three large wildfires in southwest Utah

Fires in southwest Utah. Data from fixed wing mapping flights around 8 p.m. MDT July 14, 2020.Three large wildfires are burning in southwest Utah.At least one home has burned in the 2,618-acre Veyo West Fire which is very close to…

Elephant Butte Fire near Evergreen, Colorado prompts evacuations

Residents of 1,000 homes ordered to evacuate The Elephant Butte Fire, reported Monday afternoon west of Evergreen, Colorado has prompted the evacuation of about 1,000 homes, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff Department. The evacuation orders are expected to remain…

A fire with an interesting name

Ojo de los Casos Fire. Undated Inciweb photo.It is unusual for a large fire to have more than two words in the fire’s name, not counting the word “fire”. And it is not common for a fire name to be…

Pay for California state firefighters cut by 7.5%

Dozer and transport for the Nevada Yuba Placer Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. CAL FIRE photo, March, 2019.Budget problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in pay cuts for many employees of the state…

COVID takes us back to our fire suppression roots, for now anyway

South Idaho Hotshots on the Chatanika River on the Shovel Creek Fire in Alaska, June, 2019. Before the pandemic. InciWeb.The precautions wildland firefighters have to take to reduce or prevent spreading the dangerous COVID-19 virus has affected the suppression of…

Numbers Fire grows to over 17,000 acres south of Carson City, Nevada

(Revised at 8:10 a.m. MDT July 8, 2020)3-D map of the Numbers Fire at 8 pm MDT July 7, 2020. Looking southeast.The Numbers Fire 17 miles south of Carson City, Nevada burned 17,296 acres during the first 24 hours after…

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…

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