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By Bill Gabbert | News and commentary about wildland fire

After action report completed for last year’s wildfires near Hutchinson, Kansas

Above: Wildfires detected by a satellite March 7, 2017 in the Hutchinson, KS and Enid, OK area. NASA. Reno County in Kansas has completed an after …

Aviation photos from the Napa Valley fires, October, 2017

These photos of firefighting aircraft were taken by Will Campbell during the wildfire siege in Napa Valley, California last October. Great job, Will, …

When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

As dense smoke from regional wildfires spread through communities across western Montana last summer, public health agencies faced an indoor problem, too: Residents suddenly needed filters to clean the air inside homes and public spaces, but there was no obvious funding source to pay for it.<p>Ellen …

Inadequate sleep can help explain high rates of suicide and cardiac events among firefighters

Studies indicate sleep deprivation increases susceptibility to cancer, cardiac disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder.The post Inadequate sleep …

Three Kamov helicopters expected to be operational in Portugal this fire season

Currently none of the six Kamov ships can be used on wildfiresThe post Three Kamov helicopters expected to be operational in Portugal this fire …

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark damaged by wildfire

The Fort will be closed indefinitely while repairs are made.The post Fort Osage National Historic Landmark damaged by wildfire appeared first on …

For next fiscal year President proposes budget stability for firefighters, cuts for fire aviation

The number of firefighters would remain at 10,000, with cuts to air tankers and helicoptersThe post For next fiscal year President proposes budget …

Forest Service to abandon Coast Guard HC-130H program

Transfer and conversion of seven Coast Guard HC-130H aircraft into air tankers for the Forest Service is to be cancelledThe post Forest Service to …

Air tankers to be cut by one-third in 2018

The large air tankers on Forest Service exclusive use contracts are being cut from 20 to 13.The post Air tankers to be cut by one-third in 2018 …

Structure burns near Hominy, Oklahoma, starts vegetation fire

Jerry Messinger sent us this photo he took of the Kemohah Fire that started in a structure near Hominy, OK. Firefighters knocked it down after it …

CAL FIRE to procure mobile data systems with location tracking capability

The system will enhance situational awareness for 1,200 firefighting resources.The post CAL FIRE to procure mobile data systems with location …

How to prevent your house from burning during a wildfire

We can benefit from Dr. Jack Cohen's researchThe post How to prevent your house from burning during a wildfire appeared first on Wildfire Today.

Secretary of Interior orders more aggressive fuel management

The directive introduces a political element to wildland fire managementThe post Secretary of Interior orders more aggressive fuel management …

Exhibition of Kari Greer’s wildfire photography at the University of Idaho

Kari Greer's photography will be featured during a two-month exhibit in Moscow, IDThe post Exhibition of Kari Greer’s wildfire photography at the …

Sydney heatwave sets off fireworks left in a parked car's boot

Blistering temperatures could hit a record high of 48C<p>Sizzling temperatures in Sydney, Australia have caused a batch of fireworks left in the boot of …

Wild Fires

When You Need an All-Night Burn…<p>BUILD A LONG-LOG FIRE<p>Sure, you can craft your log-cabin blaze and feed the fire all night long, but there is a …

1,000 structures destroyed in Chile wildfires

<i>Above: NASA satellite photo showing smoke from the wildfires in Chile January 26, 2017. The red dots represent heat detected by the sensors.</i>The siege …

Victoria’s Fire Fighting Assets Stand up for Season 2016/17

It was a wet winter and an even wetter spring across most of Victoria this year. With these high levels of moisture its hardly surprising that fuel …

Sources: Teens toying with matches started Tennessee wildfire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The teenagers charged with setting a fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that ultimately spread to thousands of homes and businesses and killed 14 people were horsing around with matches, sources say.<p>The two boys, ages 17 and 15, were charged this week in Sevier …

Drones get approval for use in fighting British Columbia wildfires

Drones are about to be added to the fire fighting arsenal of the B.C. Wildfire Service.<p>Spokeswoman Erin Catherall says the service has conducted two seasons of trials and is ready to put the remotely controlled aircraft to work.<p>She says drones have already been an important part of the battle …

C-130Q en route to Australia

The air tanker will begin an 84-day contract in Victoria on December 15.

House of Representatives adjourns without taking action on fire funding bill

Firefighters conduct a burnout on the Myrtle Fire along Song Dog Road, June 22, 2012. Photo by Bill Gabbert<br>The U.S. House of Representatives shut …

The Southeast Is Becoming A Wildfire Hotspot

Christin Chandler was at work at Sugarlands Distilling Co. in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Nov. 28 when she noticed that the sky had taken on …

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Chris Stapleton Among Performers for Dolly Parton's Telethon for Tennessee Wildfire Victims

More than a dozen people lost their lives in the recent East Tennessee wildfires. The blaze consumed parts of towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. …

Tribal Firefighter Pleads Guilty To Setting Fires On Indian Lands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 5, 2016<p>ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Raymond Neal Swayney, 31, of Cherokee, N.C., appeared in federal court in Asheville …

Evacuation warnings didn’t save this Gatlinburg man from approaching wildfires — his cat did

Mark Burger didn’t see the deadly wildfire coming.<p>What he did see just after 8 p.m. on Nov. 28 was his siamese cat, Tiger, acting strangely, Burger told the Knoxville News Sentinel.<p>Normally calm, Tiger appeared to be trying to get his owner’s attention as he stared at the windows, paced in front of …

Man calls 911 to report wildfire, then is charged with setting it

A man who called 911 to report a wildfire was charged Wednesday with lighting it and trying to set other blazes in the parched mountains of Western …

Dozer rollover on the Trailhead Fire

<i>Above: Dozer rollover at the Trailhead Fire on the Eldorado National Forest in California July 2, 2016. Photo from the report.</i>A report has been …

Tankers 910 and 132 respond to fires in New South Wales

Air Tanker 910, the DC-10 that arrived in Australia October 30, responded to a wildfire that was within sight of where it is based at the Royal …