Fires are blazing across the country, in New Mexico alone, firefighters are dealing with a fire that was started by two separate lightning strikes. The first which started on May 9 at the Whitewater Baldy Complex and destroyed 227,000 acres of land and the second which started at Gila National Forest on May 23.
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Skyranger pilot-reporter Bob Martin flew over the Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire Thursday morning and sent back this video.
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Music video by Black Tide performing That Fire.
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Gee Willikers, how is this that it’s so out of control?
Your not going to like this but please read: From Fireplanes.org
Fireplanes Editorial – Austin, Texas 05/30/2012
Does the U.S. have a fire department of sorts? Not really. Fire departments kill fires.
The U.S. Forest Service, has a “fire management” (or mis-management) policy that is letting wildfires get out of control. We all know Washington’s priorities are all wrong, from whatever perspective one holds. We all hold our skin in high regard, as well as our homes, pets, crops, timber and livestock too. And when a fire breaks out, do we call the “fire department”? Silence . . . Is the “National Fire Dept.” closed?
“Busy” at least. Be prepared to wait in line. With only eleven civilian large air tankers, – or “LATs“ in the American inventory, the ancient P2 Neptune fleet is stretched way thin.
When it comes to a national crisis in wildfire containment, we now have (almost) no one to call because the U.S. Forest Service has arguably caused the demise of at least one viable Aerial Fire Fighting (AFF) company. Executives at the Forest Service claim safety concerns, but that claim has reportedly been brushed off by airworthiness experts who examined the company’s former P3 fleet. “You will not see the P3 Air Tankers in service again in the USA”, according to Tony Morris of the Wildfire Research Network.
Now that all of Aero Union’s converted P3 air tankers have been grounded and the company is bankrupt, nobody supports the USAF’s “MAFFS“ systems as installed on a number of C-130s. Why? Aero Union developed and supported the MAFFS system, which drops fire retardants on wild fires. The technology may be tied up in a lawsuit (which Fireplanes will investigate further). So is the Air National Guard going to put out fires this year? They will, until all their MAFFS units are inoperative or a new system is developed, deployed, supported and maintained. Meanwhile, the wind is up and we can all smell the smoke.
And what about those Very Large Air Tankers, called; “VLATS” (or, Vee-LATS) in the AFF trade? Evergreen operates a 747 Air Tanker with amazing capabilities. “10 Tanker” has the modified DC-10. According to our sources, Small Business set-asides are hurting Evergreen. It costs a LOT of money to maintain heavy aircraft, and when the contract disappear, companies go belly-up.
The AFF industry is a diverse collection of equipment, systems and chemicals, so there are more acronyms. Single-Engine-Air-Tankers, or; “SEATS” are in the mix, along with “Scoopers” which are “amphibians” or “sea planes”, depending on whether they can take off on water and land or not. We don’t want to fail mentioning helicopters, new – tech drones, and environmentally friendly foams and gel retardants on which we are preparing reports to be released soon.
Seaplanes in use today include the Martin Mars owned by the Coulson Group in British Columbia. Wayne Coulson’s Martin Mars services are amazing, but not available just now. It appears to this writer – the U.S. Forest Service deemed it unimportant to keep the amazing Mars on contract, so the plane is now in Mexico saving lives and property while fires rage out of control in U.S. states.
“Scoopers” include the Canadian Bombardier CL-215 and modern turbine powered, CL-415 today. There are some foreign competitors, but not yet certified by Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) nor the Federal Aviation Administration. It has been many months since the makers of one of those planes – a jet powered amphibian known as the BE-200 “Altair” from Russia filed for a restricted type certificate same as that granted by the E.U. And why is anyone dragging their feet while American lives and property are in immediate peril?
Why? …. And, will memories of the 2012 NBA playoffs fade past the Baseball World Series with nary a mention of lives lost due to the failures of bureaucrats and politicians? Most likely.
Has Congress failed to notice another lost American industry? Yes.
Tell them all;
Give the U.S. Forest Service a $5 Billion Aerial Fire Fighting program budget.
Encourage tax – deductible contributions to support regional wildfire mitigation.
U.S. Forest Service:
Develop and grant long – term contracts to companies like 10 Tanker and Evergreen.
Issue contracts to companies that will operate NEW aircraft to be bought and owned by the Federal Government and operated by contractors under “GOCO” cost-plus terms lasting 5 – 10 years at a minimum.
If possible, BUY – the current MAFFS technology from Aero Union’s owners, the Bankruptcy court, or perhaps the bank holding it in receivership, then issue cost-plus contracts on a competitive basis to companies that can maintain and improve on the cantankerous systems. Acquiring MAFFS will require a timely executive – level decision.
Find innovative ways to support states that will buy new aircraft purpose – built or modified for aerial firefighting on government-owned, company operated, or; “GOCO” contracts. Example: There is not one single Air Tractor – “SEAT” owned and operated by the State of Texas. The single-engine AT-802 “Air Tractor” is made in Texas, exported around the world to countries that have AFF fleets I think of as, “aerial fire departments”. This amazing plane is available as a land-based single-engine air tanker or, as a seaplane called the “Fire Boss“ – which can operate as a “scooper” from lakes and relatively shallow streams in remote areas.
Ask for and accept the advice of California, which operates it’s own aerial fire fighting fleet within “CAL FIRE“; which, on an austere budget can respond to fires reported anywhere in the state within 20 minutes. CAL FIRE is an amazing example of what IS right in America. Rapid “Initial Attack” often keeps the fire small enough to defeat.
All wildfire agencies:
In the case of civil air tanker operators, the contracts must be of sufficient term to attract private capital investment, with depreciation of equipment realized over a ten – year span. Cost – plus contracting will ensure continual improvement and professional incentives required to support the men and women on the front lines.
“Please make Aerial Fire Fighting capabilities a top priority”!
We are in a wildfire crisis of unprecedented proportions. Too much is at risk to sit down and do nothing. In the case of Wildfire Policy, the status quo may kill you or your neighbor. This is the time to be proactive.
Randall Stephens – Fireplanes.org
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You were just reading how the old fleet of P2V Tankers are running thin, well 2 of them went down Sunday R.I.P. to Pilots Todd Neal Tompkins and Ronnie Edwin Chambless, both of Boise, Idaho. GOD BLESS YOU!
A firefighting aircraft ( Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune Air Tanker mod. N14447, coded “11” ) crashed into rugged terrain near the Utah-Nevada border as it dropped retardant on a 5,000-acre wildfire, killing the two Idaho men on board.
It has spread into Utah, though most of the blaze remained in Nevada, about 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Ground and air crews held the fire back from the wreckage, giving sheriff’s deputies enough time to drive and hike to the site and confirm that the pilots had died, Edwards said. (Detective Sergeant Jody Edwards of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office).
The fire later overwhelmed the crash site, a medical examiner was helping authorities recover the bodies Sunday night. Based on damage to the trees and marks left in the ground, sheriff’s deputies on the scene surmised that the plane may have clipped some trees with its left-wing on a low pass toward the mountain, sending the aircraft into a cartwheel.
Also Sunday another P2V Tanker lands with failed landing gear. The left main gear did not extend and the pilot saved the aircraft and crew. Man these firefighters are battling HELL along with 2 less pilots and down to 9 P2V Tankers, all because of what Pod, yeah MONEY.
Once a Cold War-era submarine attack plane, the Lockheed P2V has for years been both a mainstay of the nation’s aerial firefighting arsenal and a cause for concern.
Flying in the turbulent, unforgiving skies above raging wildfires, the planes have crashed at least seven times from either mechanical problems or pilot error, causing 16 deaths, dating back to 1990 when they were slowly added to the nation’s firefighting fleet.
You know this is sad news Pod, we have corrupted Illinois worst in the NATION, NORTH WEST! The frickin Banks’ like JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and a line of others! But these Firefighters are out there putting their life on the line flying a bird that is 50 plus years old. Trying to save the forest along with your life, home, farm, towns and their losing!
I think you know what it is time for! Time to kick some frickin ASS!
We have to grind them into the dirt like OLD 55 HERE!
The last 13 years I’ve been working on a way to put US back together again. The mechanics of all this has not been easy but I know I can strike a nerve by saying we all love something, we have this in common. With that thought alone we can grow towards ETHICS for our society and not just of this nation, the planet as a whole needs to come together on this so we can push for the COMMON GOOD. My father (Al Brewer) was a Drill Sargent in Korea which has made me a sound man. I will not be bought or sold and with that I offer two things, a business man first an asshole second. The JACK WAGONS’ can pick one please!
Pool our money together and we will move a mountain! The time is ripe for this and like the 2 men that just melted on the mountain side in that plane crash, we as a people of the public will make them proud. For they did not die in vain just needed some help. Become involved with The G.C.C.U. and we will make it into the first turn and the finish line is not far from there! OUR MONEY OUR WAY!
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Wildfires Update 6/13/13
From Inci Web:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Royal Gorge Fire
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Chris Barth, Public Information Officer Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B
Fire Information: (719) 285-9750
Incident website: http://inciweb.org/incident/3419/
Incident email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cañon City, Colo. Management of the Royal Gorge Fire has transitioned to the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team B.
Yesterday the fire was active along the western flank. Fire managers felt that good progress was made along the eastern flank, and as a result the fire is now estimated to be 20 percent contained. High fire activity is expected today with anticipated weather conditions. Areas of the fire are burning in fuels that are 20 to 30 percent beetle-killed trees.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the area. This means that the temperatures and wind could lead to rapid fire growth. Todays expected temperatures are 89 to 94 degrees, and the relative humidity is expected to be from 8 to 13 percent.
BLACK FOREST, Colo. – A wind-whipped wildfire burning out of control for a third day Thursday had destroyed more than 360 homes and forced the evacuation of more than 38,000 people, authorities said.
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Black Forest Wildfire
A look at the Black Forest wildfire and what to expect for the rest of the year. The deadly wildfire that continues to ravage Colorado Springs has destroyed 473 homes and damaged 17 – making it the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. The fire is reminiscent of the Waldo Canyon Fire, which took place only one year ago and destroyed 346 homes.
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Raw Video: Black Forest Fire
AIRTRACKER7 shows homes burning in the Black Forest Fire.
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19 firefighters killed battling fast-moving Ariz. wildfire 7/1/13
It was the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. in 60 years. In 1953 California, Rattlesnake Fire killed 15 Firefighters and in 1994 the South Canyon Fire, Colorado killed 14 Firefighters.
The “hotshot” firefighters were forced to deploy their emergency fire shelters tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat when they were caught near the central Arizona town of Yarnell, state forestry spokesperson Art Morrison told The Associated Press.
The lone survivor of the firefighting crew escaped because he was moving the crew’s truck when the flames roared over the men.
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Incident Statics 8/23/13
Acres Burned: 105,620 Structures Threatened: 4,500
Containment: 2% Structures Destroyed: 16
Fire Start Date: August 17, 2013 Injuries: 1
Fire Cause: Under Investigation Total Personnel: 2,011
Cost to date: $5.4 Million
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- The Southeast Blue Team assumed command of the Rim Fire today at 6:00 A.M and will remain unified command with CAL FIRE.
- The Rim Fire is located within the Stanislaus National Forest on the Groveland Ranger District. The fire continues to increase in size and burn actively through the day and night. It continues burning east and has crossed the Yosemite National Park boundary. The fire also continues burning west toward the community of Pine Mountain Lake and northwest. Direct suppression efforts are occurring in the vicinity of communities and structural defense is in place.
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For over 10 years, Al Qaeda has had a detailed plan to start fires throughout the West and has published instructions for remote control ember bombs. They have been responsible for massive property damage and deaths throughout the U.S. and Europe. In order to adopt more effective strategies to fight this threat, the U.S. must begin treating these fires as a national security issue rather than a land management issue.
Spring 2012, al-Qaeda’s English-language online magazine, Inspire, published an article called “It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,” which featured instructions on how to build an incendiary bomb to light forests on fire. A few months later, Russia’s security (FSB) chief, Aleksandr Bortnikov warned, ”al-Qaeda was complicit in recent forest fires in Europe” as part of the terrorists’ “strategy of a thousand cuts.” “Fire is cheap, easy and effective tool for economic warfare” have been issued. They’ve included detailed instructions for constructing remote-controlled “ember bombs, and how to set fires without leaving a trace.” Fire wars are not limited to Europe and the U.S. Palestinan jihadists have been setting fire to Israel’s modest forests for many years. However, political correctness seems to override Israeli and Russian warnings of that jihadist modus operandi. How many Tzarnaevs are hiding in Colorado’s woods?
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5/14/14 San Diego County on Fire
The 2014 wildfire season got off to a ferocious start in southern California and northwestern Mexico when record-breaking temperatures and powerful Santa Ana winds fueled several fires. As of May 15, brush fires in California had burned 9,000 acres (3,600 hectares), destroyed 30 homes, and forced thousands of people to evacuate.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected several fires north of San Diego on May 14, 2014. MODIS also observed large fires burning in the Baja California region of Mexico. Red outlines indicate hot spots where the sensor detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires. Winds blew thick plumes of smoke west over the Pacific Ocean.
Drought has plagued the western United States—especially central and southern California—for months, priming the vegetation for wildfires. By mid-May, the entire state faced drought ranging from severe to exceptional, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. To break the drought, most of the state would need 9 to 15 inches (23 to 38 centimeters) of precipitation to fall in one month, explained Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters. That would amount to more than a half-year’s worth of precipitation for most of the state.
The City of Carlsbad has issued about 15,000 evacuation notifications.
Evacuation boundaries are west of El Fuerte Road, south of Palomar Airport Road, north of Aviara Parkway and west to the coast. A temporary evacuation point is currently set up at Plaza El Camino Real southwest parking lot.
Information on school evacuations is available at www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us
They are also reporting two structures have been lost.
Updated information can be found at http://news.carlsbadca.gov.
Updated Jan 5, 2015 3:19 PM EST
ADELAIDE, Australia — More than two dozen homes have been destroyed or badly damaged and almost 30 people have sought medical treatment as a result of a massive wildfire that has raged out of control for days across farms and woodland in southern Australia, officials said Monday.Source: CBS News
FireWatch by Landgate is a national bushfire monitoring system that provides timely information about hotspots to emergency service managers across Australia. The mapping system allows users to identify fire locations with a potential risk to communities and property.
A massive bush fire in South Australia has destroyed homes and is putting people’s lives in danger.
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July 17, 2015 Holy Smokes
Over the last 10 years Alaska wildfires have increased and in some studies of the area the worst in 5000 years, holy mother! From this US Wildfire Activity Public Information Map since Sunday some 300 fires are currently burning! Moving south we go to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona and a brush fire swept over the 15 Freeway in San Bernardino County in California where people abandoned their cars. The West is literally burning!
Wild Land Fire Informationwas developed in 1998 from an original firefighter who became concerned and frustrated with the lack of a quick, reliable system to allow firefighters and other employees (and their families) the ability to voice their thoughts, ideas, experiences, or even ask a few simple questions.
Canada a Blaze
Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan wildfires burning out of control. Smoke and ash strewn into the atmosphere has traveled from as far as the Yukon/Northwest Territory border to the US mid west states.
Fort McMurray Fire Erupts
Alberta Canada experiences the largest evacuation in its countries history, 80,000 citizens with what you could carry, head south from this beast of a fire engulfing the area now of Anzac. Alberta’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are going door-to-door, warning residents of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, and Fort McMurray First Nation to leave ASAP. Some 1,600 buildings have been destroyed by the fires and the price of West Texas Intermediate crude-oil futures rise$ The Alberta Tar Sands are North of Fort McMurray; camps designed to house temporary workers are being used to house the thousands of people fleeing the fires.
An evacuation that will leave your heart pounding! footage on The Weather Channel