Wildland Firefighting

Photos: California Wildfire, Thousand Oaks

Photos from the Thousand Oaks area An air tanker drops flame retardant to protect homes as fires burn Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, as seen from a helicopter over the Calabasas section of Los Angeles. Flames driven by powerful winds torched ...

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Retardant Drop from 747 Killed Utah Firefighter

Near ground-level release uprooted tree that struck Burchett     By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter battling the largest wildfire in California history was killed last month when thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid were ...

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Photos: Shasta-Trinity National Forest Fire

Explosive wildfire closed a major interstate   SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A roaring wildfire that shut down a stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border exploded in size as crews on Saturday scrambled to prevent flames ...

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Photos: California Delta Fire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said ...

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Study Finds Decline in Health, Reaction Time Among Wildland Firefighters

Sleep and nutrition eyed in larger study By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Randy Brooks’ son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at ...

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Shelter Deployment: Mudd Fire, Nevada 2006

Lessons learned     On August 23, 2006, approximately 5:41 p.m. a burnover and fire shelter deployment occurred involving a BLM type VI engine near mile marker 37 on State Route 225 located in Elko County, Nevada. While suppressing a ...

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Utah Firefighter Killed after Water Drop

Report states falling tree debris killed battalion chief     By DON THOMPSON and LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter from Utah was killed last week from falling tree debris after a modified airliner dropped thousands ...

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14,000 Firefighters Battle California Wildfires

Inmates to foreigners join the fight to contain wildfires     By JONATHAN J. COOPER and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state’s ...

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Wildfire, Water Experts Rebut President’s Claims

AP Fact Check looks at President’s tweets about wildfires     By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming that California’s water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state’s raging wildfires. That’s ...

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