Feds Spend $930 Million to Curb ‘Crisis’ of Wildfires

Feds Spend $930 Million to Curb ‘Crisis’ of Wildfires

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, the Biden administration announced Thursday, as officials struggle to contain destructive infernos...

Reward Offered in Nakia Creek (OR) Fire Investigation

Reward Offered in Nakia Creek (OR) Fire Investigation

Jessica Prokop - The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office and Crime Stoppers of Oregon are offering a reward for suspect information in the investigation into the cause of the Nakia Creek Fire. The fire marshal's office is asking the...

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Feds Spend $930 Million to Curb ‘Crisis’ of Wildfires

Feds Spend $930 Million to Curb ‘Crisis’ of Wildfires

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, the Biden administration announced Thursday, as officials struggle to contain destructive infernos...

Reward Offered in Nakia Creek (OR) Fire Investigation

Reward Offered in Nakia Creek (OR) Fire Investigation

Jessica Prokop - The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office and Crime Stoppers of Oregon are offering a reward for suspect information in the investigation into the cause of the Nakia Creek Fire. The fire marshal's office is asking the...

Forest Service Hiring for Wildland Firefighter Positions

Forest Service Hiring for Wildland Firefighter Positions

Red Bluff Daily News, Calif. Jan. 18—The Forest Service is hiring for Wildland Firefighter positions hiring, permanent and seasonal, hand crews, engine crews, hotshot crews position and will host two in-person hiring events next week to interview applicants. According...

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When Extreme is the New Normal

When Extreme is the New Normal

Wildland firefighting is one of the most dangerous and demanding professions in the world. Firefighters battle grueling, life-threatening situations and go where most people would never dare to go. As fires become more extreme, it’s essential that the equipment that...

Global Warming and Extreme Forest Fires

Global Warming and Extreme Forest Fires

Wildfires are the biggest emerging threat to our communities and ecosystems in North America and around the world. Wildfire seasons are burning longer and hotter, affecting more and more people while interface fires are becoming common and more homes are located in...

Job Opening – WATERAX Product Specialist – USA

Job Opening – WATERAX Product Specialist – USA

With your experience in wildland firefighting, join WATERAX and help us deliver the new MARK-3® Watson Edition across the USA. We’ll need your specific expertise to guide our channel partners (dealers) in basic pump operations, offer manufacturer’s recommendations,...

The Long and Accomplished History of the MARK-3® Pump

The Long and Accomplished History of the MARK-3® Pump

The origins of the MARK-3® pump can be traced back to the earliest days of the company, called WAJAX at the time, with the creation of the DDVC water pump in 1929. As technology and techniques developed in the following decades, so did our industry-leading water...

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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...

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...

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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 on Fire

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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Crises Leadership

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Wildfire Burns Part of Southern OH Wayne National Forest

Wildfire Burns Part of Southern OH Wayne National Forest

PEDRO, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a 1,300-acre wildfire in Wayne National Forest in far southern Ohio began with multiple small wildfires earlier this week. A statement Thursday from Wayne National Forest said firefighters were working to contain the blaze and urged...

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2021 CO Marshall Fire Losses Topped $2 Billion

2021 CO Marshall Fire Losses Topped $2 Billion

DENVER (AP) — A wildfire that destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and businesses in suburban Denver last winter caused more than $2 billion in losses, making it by far the costliest in Colorado history, the state insurance commissioner said. Commissioner Michael Conway...