‘Like an Inferno:’ US West Burning at Furious Pace

‘Like an Inferno:’ US West Burning at Furious Pace

By MARCIO J. SANCHEZ and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year — from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains...

Red Bluff (CA) Firefighter, 26, Dies Preparing Prescribed Burn

Red Bluff (CA) Firefighter, 26, Dies Preparing Prescribed Burn

Wildland firefighter Darin Banks of Red Bluff died Friday when a dead tree fell on him. Banks was assigned to a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew working to prepare an area for prescribed burning in Tuolumne County, according to Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression...

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‘Like an Inferno:’ US West Burning at Furious Pace

‘Like an Inferno:’ US West Burning at Furious Pace

By MARCIO J. SANCHEZ and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year — from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains...

Red Bluff (CA) Firefighter, 26, Dies Preparing Prescribed Burn

Red Bluff (CA) Firefighter, 26, Dies Preparing Prescribed Burn

Wildland firefighter Darin Banks of Red Bluff died Friday when a dead tree fell on him. Banks was assigned to a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew working to prepare an area for prescribed burning in Tuolumne County, according to Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression...

New Mexico Fire Costs Top $65M; Closes in on Taos

New Mexico Fire Costs Top $65M; Closes in on Taos

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press Many homes near America's largest wildfire survived the latest barrage of howling winds and erratic flames but New Mexico's governor said Tuesday the risk of more destruction is high and that the long-term costs of recovering...

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Mark-3 Testing: Ease of Pull-Start

Mark-3 Testing: Ease of Pull-Start

By Gary Da Silva Product Manager at WATERAX. Expert in market needs and product capability. In a survey on the aspects of the MARK-3® pump that needed improvement, ease of start was the second most requested improvement after weight reduction. Many firefighters...

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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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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...

Two Killed in Plane Crash Responding to AZ Wildfire

Two Killed in Plane Crash Responding to AZ Wildfire

WIKIEUP, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities on Sunday were at the scene of the crash of a small plane that killed two crew members responding to a wildfire in northwestern Arizona. Both people aboard the Beechcraft King Air C-90 aircraft died in Saturday’s crash. The...

More Help Sought for Montana Wildfires

More Help Sought for Montana Wildfires

Firefighting aircraft return to work     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s firefighting aircraft returned to duty Friday as officials sought even more personnel and aircraft ahead of a shift in the weather that could stir up a large blaze on the Wyoming...

Southern California Receives Two Large Firefighting Helicopters

Southern California Receives Two Large Firefighting Helicopters

Boeing Chinook helitankers already at work over Ventura County     By AMY TAXIN Associated Press LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Southern California fire agencies are getting two large-scale helicopters that can each carry up to 3,000 gallons (11.356 liters) of...

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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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Fire Chief Hospitalized with Burns at NC Wildfire

Mark Price The Charlotte Observer (MCT)A firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering multiple burns during a wildfire in western North Carolina, according to Otto Fire and Rescue in Macon County. The firefighter was identified as department Chief Terry Rholetter...

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