Wildfire Today

By Bill Gabbert | News and commentary about wildland fire

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

It was a wet Winter and 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 …

Gear & Gadgets

C-130Q en route to Australia

<i>Above: Tanker 131’s route from Santa Maria, California to Hawaii.</i><p>Coulson’s Air Tanker 131, a C-130Q, is en route to Australia to begin a firefighting …

Australia

House of Representatives adjourns without taking action on fire funding bill

The U.S. House of Representatives shut down for the rest of the year today without taking action on a bill that would have improved the way wildfires …

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 …

Outdoors

Dolly Parton Organizes Telethon to Benefit 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 …

Wildlife

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 …

Forests

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><p>A report has been …

Tanker 910 responds to fire near the its base 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 …

New South Wales

Victoria’s aerial firefighting fleet gears up for the down-under summer

Like New South Wales, Victoria is getting their firefighting aircraft lined up for the 2016-2017 Australian bushfire season which is getting underway …

Erickson files for bankruptcy

<i>Above: An Erickson Aircrane reloads with retardant while fighting the Beaver Fire in northern California, August 12, 2014. Photo by Bill Gabbert.</i><p>On …

Firefighters busy in New South Wales

<i>Above: Photo of the Lone Pine fire at Port Stephens. The fire crossed the Pacific Highway near Tarean Road and was moving east toward Scotts Road.</i> …

Understanding fire scars on trees

<i>Above: Annual rings of a Douglas-fir tree injured by two fires. The rings growing before the injury in 2003 were filled with resin to create a</i> …

Wildfire smoke in the southeast United States

<i>Above: Forecast for wildfire smoke at 10 a.m. EST November 9, 2016.</i>Smoke from wildfires in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia have been …

Climate

Two Alabama men arrested for setting wildfires

WILDFIRE WATCH<p>Updated:Thursday, November 17 2016 10:09 AM EST2016-11-17 15:09:30 GMT<p>The Tennessee Valley Authority has closed several popular …

North Georgia wildfires raise surprising health risk: rabies

A hot spot smolders in an area of burned woods Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Little River Canyon in Alabama.<p>A hot spot smolders in an area of...<p>Photo by …

Health

‘Ban lanterns to cut fire risk’

Bedfordshire’s councils are being urged to ban sky lanterns ahead of Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve to protect residents, businesses, and …

New Year's Eve

The Men and Women Fighting America’s Wildfires

Outdoors

Into the Wildfire

What science is learning about fire and how to live with it.<p>by Paul Tullis Photographs by Richard Barnes September 19, 2013<p>Lassen Volcanic National Park, in Northern California, consists of more than 100,000 acres of wilderness and woodlands surrounding Lassen Peak, a volcano named for a pioneer …

Spread of the Junkins Fire slows

<i>Above: Junkins Fire. Undated photo by the Incident Management Team.</i><p>The Junkins Fire has spread very little over the last two days. Most of the …

Practical uses for fire simulations | Rocky Mountain Research Station

For federal land management agencies, a national-scale assessment of wildfire risk offers a consistent means of understanding and comparing threats …

Research

California passes law enabling firefighters to take out drones

Firefighters will not be liable for damage to a drone that was interfering with emergency operations.

Gear & Gadgets

Thousands of lightning strikes in southern California

<i>(Above: lightning strikes in the 24 hours before 1 p.m. PDT October 24, 2016.)</i><p>Thousands of lightning strikes have occurred in southern California …

California

Neptune acquires their eighth BAe-146

One of the major winter projects at Neptune Aviation will be converting their eighth BAe-146 airliner into an air tanker. Aircraft N477A arrived in …

Aviation

Firefighting in Alaska in October

(Updated at 1:43 p.m. MDT October 21, 2016) Firefighters are confident that the 303-acre Moose Creek fire north of Palmer, Alaska will be fully …

Fire Fighting

Agreement sought to manufacture Be-200 air tankers in California

A businessman in Santa Maria, California, who has long been interested in the Russian-made Be-200 scooping air tanker, is pursuing still another …