Wildfire Today

By Bill Gabbert | News and commentary about wildland fire

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 …

Weather

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 …

January 25

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 …

Crime

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.

Travel

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 …

U.S. Congress

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 …

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 …

National Parks

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 …

Airlines

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 …

Australia

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 …

New South Wales

Erickson files for bankruptcy

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

United States

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> …

Australia

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> …

United States

Wildfire smoke in the southeast United States

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

Weather

Two Alabama men arrested for setting wildfires

Updated:Tuesday, May 16 2017 5:54 PM EDT2017-05-16 21:54:51 GMT<p>Like many 3-year-olds, Peyton likes to play. She enjoys coloring, music and popular …

Donald Trump

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 …

Environment

The Men and Women Fighting America’s Wildfires

Spread of the Junkins Fire slows

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

San Francisco Bay Area

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 …

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.

Drones

Thousands of lightning strikes in southern California

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

Earthquakes