​Tunnel Visions, a Kurt Kamm​ Firefighter Novel

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I just finished reading Kurt Kamm’s latest novel, Tunnel Visions. Kamm places us in Southern California where Fire Captain Nick Carter finds himself squarely in the middle of a homeland terror investigation. At question is water delivery to the drought parched Southland and the extremes domestic terrorists might take to interrupt the flow. Events are […]

Insole Review – My Feet Are Now a Little More Pumped Up

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I have been wearing insoles from InsolesandBeyond.com for the past week. I’ve averaged walking 3 miles combined per day in my work shoes. My Sole Insulated Ultra  insoles are a full foot insole that fit perfectly in my work and walking shoes.  There is no squishy sound and my feet do not feel overly warm, something I […]

Newspaper: Drones Pose Threat To Wildland Firefighters

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By Henry Miller of the Statesman Herald (Gannett) in Oregon republished in the Durango Herald. –SALEM, Ore. – Hobbyist drones have been involved in three wildfires, including an incident in Northern California that almost grounded aerial firefighting efforts, officials say. “They were in the preparation process of getting ready to shut down aircraft,” said Lynne […]

Taking Fire Safety Seriously —

Sponsored article.  Taking Fire Safety Seriously It can be all too easy – yet all too dangerous – to become complacent about fire and fire safety. Many tragedies have occurred after complacency about fire safety has set in, and many people have died after people have put off purchasing new domestic smoke detectors for example. […]

NYT, Firefighter Profile – Probie Makes a Grab, Share Your Story!

The New York Times wants “first fire” stories by firefighters. As a springboard the news giant offers a most impressive story about FDNY probationary firefighter Jordan Sullivan titled “Baptism By Fire”. Hats off to Firefighter Sullivan and the crew of Ladder Company 105.  A nod as well to N.R. Kleinfield for putting together such a great story. […]

The Atlantic; Fire On The Mountain. One Year Out From The Loss of The Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Author Brian Mockenhaupt writing for The Atlantic offers a detailed review of the tragic loss of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30, 2013. Mockenhaupt’s Fire On The Mountain is a long read offering details of the fire and conditions on the ground and air leading up to […]

Lompoc California Evacuations Ordered as The Miguelito Fire Advances

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State and local firefighters are battling a wind driven brush fire burning out of control on the southern edge of the city of Lompoc on California’s central coast. The city of 42,000 is home to Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Miguelito Fire started mid afternoon today and quickly jumped from 50 acres to an estimated […]

Cal Fire Battalion Chief On The Run – Suspected of Murdering Girlfriend

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Battalion Chief Orville Fleming is wanted by police authorities for questioning in the brutal stabbing death of his 26 year old girlfriend. The 55 year old Fleming has been on the run for more than a week. His assigned State work truck was found abandoned in […]

Clash Tactical Duty Boot by Blauer

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The people at Blauer asked me if I would have a look at their Clash boot product. I gladly accepted the offer. The first thing that struck me is the lacing on the boot. I had no clue how to put the boot on but once I got dialed in (literally) I found the BOA […]

Etiwanda Fire in SoCal

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The Etiwanda Fire is burning in the Etiwanda Preserve on the outskirts of Rancho Cucamonga, a community of 180,000 in San Bernardino County. The wind driven fire started at 8:00 am and has grown quickly to hundreds of acres. Because of high winds air support is unavailable. This looks like a multi day event as […]

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  • Comments
    bigsurkate
    Just Released – Yarnell Hill Serious Accident Investigation Report
    Thanks for pulling this all together in one place. I have seen this compared to the Esperanza Fire where communication was a problem, also. Such a sad loss for the fire fighting community.
    2013-09-29 20:35:00
    FireBlogger
    Rim Fire Crosses The 100k Acre Mark
    This fire is a freak. It's devastating the forest in some spots. I saw one image of a couple hundred acre patch with nothing left, not even stumps! This is not healthy burning.
    2013-08-24 06:42:00
    Ex local firefighter
    Rim Fire Crosses The 100k Acre Mark
    When all is said and done, there are groups that go up Cherry Oil Road and put in on the Clavey River. They stop in the area of the fires point of origin for lunch. Rafting operations are probably the only ones that can access this area and time will tell if the environmentalists have…
    2013-08-23 18:50:00
    FireBlogger
    Sierra's Aspen Fire Pushes Into The Kaiser Wilderness
    I believe you are referring to the Rim Fire 40 miles north of the Aspen burn. It's a monster. I really thought the Aspen Fire had the same potential. Thank goodness it did not burn like the Rim.
    2013-08-23 06:20:00
    Jenefir Robert
    Sierra's Aspen Fire Pushes Into The Kaiser Wilderness
    Such a massive natural disaster. When the things would be under control?
    2013-08-23 06:16:00
    New Leaders: JFK's Nightmare
    New Leaders: JFK's Nightmare
    It's OK.
    It's OK.
    Welcome to the Club
    Welcome to the Club
    Author Unknown
    The Part We Forget
    The Part We Forget

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