1 Billion Acres At Risk For Catastrophic Wildfires, U.S. Forest Service Warns

The chief of the U.S. Forest Service is warning that a billion acres of land across America are at risk of catastrophic wildfires like last fall's deadly Camp Fire that destroyed most of Paradise, Calif. As we head into summer, with smoke already drifting into the Northwest from wildfires in Alberta, Canada, Vicki Christiansen said wildfires are now a year-round phenomenon. She pointed to the hazardous conditions in forests that result from a history of suppression of wildfires, rampant home development in high-risk places and the changing climate. "When you look nationwide there's not any place that we're really at a fire season. Fire season is not an appropriate term anymore," Christiansen said in an interview with NPR at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Christiansen's agency is the nation's lead firefighting apparatus. It's trying to prioritize treatments such as thinning, brush clearing and prescribed burning on 80 million [...]

2019-06-05T07:24:54-07:00June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Nearly 2 million acres of land are burning across the US in one of the worst fire seasons we’ve ever seen

It's been a year of extreme weather. Hurricanes have devastated Texas and the Caribbean, and monsoon floods have displaced millions and killed more than 1,000 people in South Asia. Meanwhile, one of the worst US wildfire seasons in years has ignited blazes across the west. Almost 2 million acres of land — an area nearly the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined — are currently aflame, according to the September 14 daily report by the National Interagency Fire Center. There are more than 100 active wildfires and at least 41 uncontained large blazes, battled by more than 25,000 responders, the National Guard, and half a battalion of active-duty soldiers.  See the full article HERE

2019-01-25T07:34:17-07:00September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Railroad Fire continues rampage to the east, grows to nearly 3,000 acres

More personnel were assigned to the Railroad Fire in Fish Camp by Friday morning but obtaining aircraft support has sometimes been difficult, even as the blaze continues its rapid growth east towards the Big Sandy area, officials said. Officials said the blaze was at 2,971 acres - an increase of more than 800 acres from Thursday night - and 0% contained, with 437 personnel assigned alongside 10 hand crews, 4 helicopters, 35 engines, 6 bulldozers, and 12 water tenders. Air tankers would likely be placed on order throughout the day, but due to fires throughout the state and West Coast, the exact number that would be available was not immediately known. See full article HERE    

2019-01-25T07:41:00-07:00September 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Railroad Fire prompts evacuation of Tenaya Lodge and damages historic trains

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) -- All day the work of firefighters could be heard as they battled day two of a raging blaze in Madera and Mariposa Counties. You could see them in the Sierra National Forest, dousing hot flames with water-- a blaze that ran up countless trees and nearly hopped Highway 41. While both Sugar Pine and Fish Camp are under mandatory evacuation orders, there were some like Bob Keller who stayed behind. Keller has been without power for more than a day, but he said for now he holds the comfort in knowing his 60-year-old Fish Camp home is ok. "We've had nothing but help, the Forest Service, Cal Fire-- and they were a great help to keep things under control." See the full article HERE

2019-01-25T07:43:22-07:00August 31st, 2017|0 Comments