Drone Halts Helicopter Response to OR Fire

Drone Halts Helicopter Response to OR Fire

David Smigelski - Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore. Sep. 13—A helicopter was forced from the air in the middle of a firefight Monday when a drone appeared over a fire burning on Pioneer Road. Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest...

OR Adopts CA Fire Tactic, Shutting Power Amid High Winds

OR Adopts CA Fire Tactic, Shutting Power Amid High Winds

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon utilities shut down power to tens of thousands of customers on Friday as dry easterly winds swept into the region in the hopes that it would lessen the risk of wildfires in extremely dry and hot...

Eight Firefighters Suffer Heat Injuries in CA Route Fire

Eight Firefighters Suffer Heat Injuries in CA Route Fire

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires erupted Wednesday in rural areas, racing through bone-dry brush and prompting evacuations as the state sweltered under a heat wave that could last through Labor Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency with...

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Drone Halts Helicopter Response to OR Fire

Drone Halts Helicopter Response to OR Fire

David Smigelski - Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore. Sep. 13—A helicopter was forced from the air in the middle of a firefight Monday when a drone appeared over a fire burning on Pioneer Road. Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest...

OR Adopts CA Fire Tactic, Shutting Power Amid High Winds

OR Adopts CA Fire Tactic, Shutting Power Amid High Winds

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon utilities shut down power to tens of thousands of customers on Friday as dry easterly winds swept into the region in the hopes that it would lessen the risk of wildfires in extremely dry and hot...

Eight Firefighters Suffer Heat Injuries in CA Route Fire

Eight Firefighters Suffer Heat Injuries in CA Route Fire

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires erupted Wednesday in rural areas, racing through bone-dry brush and prompting evacuations as the state sweltered under a heat wave that could last through Labor Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency with...

Sheriff: Two Dead in Northern CA Wildfire

Sheriff: Two Dead in Northern CA Wildfire

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Two people have died in a blaze that ripped through a Northern California town, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue. LaRue shared the news of the fatalities Sunday afternoon during a community meeting held at an elementary school north of...

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County Uses Groundbreaking Technology to Prevent Wildfires

County Uses Groundbreaking Technology to Prevent Wildfires

Clayton, MO-based Perimeter Solutions to provide PHOS-CHEK® FORTIFY® long-term fire retardant as part of the County’s newly approved Roadside Vegetation Management for Evacuation Preparedness Program. These efforts are a result of a board letter introduced by...

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HydraSpear SaberSpear™ 48” Tool Kit

HydraSpear SaberSpear™ 48” Tool Kit

Wildland Firefighting Tool Kits for 2020!     Our Jets Make Your Tools Dig Deeper and Faster! ™ 1.SaberSpear™ 48” Tool Kit P/N 54502: A single fixed 48” lightweight steel manifold for ease of storage and mobility in the field. Specifically designed for use...

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CAL FIRE Helicopter Crash Injures Three Returning from Fairview Fire

CAL FIRE Helicopter Crash Injures Three Returning from Fairview Fire

A helicopter assisting with operations in the Fairview fire near Hemet crashed while attempting to land at the Banning Airport, fire officials said Saturday afternoon. The helicopter was privately owned, officials said, and crashed into a backyard just before 4 p.m....

Record Fleet of Super Scooper Aircraft Assembled at Santa Fe (NM)

Record Fleet of Super Scooper Aircraft Assembled at Santa Fe (NM)

A quick look at the airport in Santa Fe and the casual observer might think there was a convention of super scooper aircraft in town. That's because the location of multiple wildland fires in the Southwest makes the airport the perfect base of operations for both...

Fuel Shortage Could Ground Firefighting Aircraft

Fuel Shortage Could Ground Firefighting Aircraft

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Airport officials facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they’ll have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants during what could be a ferocious wildfire season, potentially endangering...

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L.A. County and Forest Service Firefighters Survive Near Miss

L.A. County and Forest Service Firefighters Survive Near Miss

On September 11, Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County firefighters responded to a brush fire near Highway 99. Shortly after they arrived the fire and took hold on both sides of the highway. In the shifting winds the flank of the fire became the head of the...

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Bobbie Scopa started her career as a seasonal firefighter in 1974. After graduating from Arizona State University, she went on to work in fire and natural resource management. Eventually she left the wildand agencies to work full time for a structure fire department. She finished her Masters in Forestry at NC State then went back to the US Forest Service and BLM eventually becoming the Assistant Regional Fire Director in Region 6. Bobbie has spent many years working as a type 1 and 2 Operations Section Chief. You can listen to Bobbie tell audio stories from her long career at BobbieOnFire.com. She has also recently completed her memoir titled “Both Sides Of The Fire Line”. It will be available through Chicago Review Press late summer of 2022.

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Eight Firefighters Suffer Heat Injuries in CA Route Fire

Eight Firefighters Suffer Heat Injuries in CA Route Fire

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires erupted Wednesday in rural areas, racing through bone-dry brush and prompting evacuations as the state sweltered under a heat wave that could last through Labor Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency with...

Sheriff: Two Dead in Northern CA Wildfire

Sheriff: Two Dead in Northern CA Wildfire

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Two people have died in a blaze that ripped through a Northern California town, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue. LaRue shared the news of the fatalities Sunday afternoon during a community meeting held at an elementary school north of...

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