Archive for July2007

14,000 + Wildland Firefighters Working 35 Fires

According to the morning report from the National Incident Information Center, There are; “ Currently, 35 fires and complexes over 500 acres in size. Yesterday there was one new fire over 500 acres and one was contained.” Resources Committed Crews (20 persons) 315 Engines (5 persons) 645 Helicopters (7 persons) 138 Overhead (individuals) 3751 Airtankers […]

More on Heroes Matt Burton and Scott Desmond

Jason of Hamptons Fire Blog blogs the story of the tragic loss of Capt. Matt Burton and Fire Engineer Scott Desmond of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Feds. Need To Re-Think Killing The 747 Super Tanker

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You have to scratch your head in amazement as to why the feds KILLED this project. Is it possible they did not want their budgets impacted by the effectiveness of this amazing tool? When you watch this Evergreen promo video notice the one item missed by them, firefighter safety! Maybe because it’s obvious to them. […]

Captain Matt Burton & Eng. Scott Desmond, Fallen Heroes

SFGate.com reports “Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Matt Burton, 34, of Concord, Fire Engineer Scott Desmond, 37, of Brentwood, and residents Delbert Moore, 67, and Gayle Moore, 62, died in the blaze at the couple’s ranch-style, one-story home on Michele Drive in the Montalvin Manor neighborhood, authorities said. The firefighters had managed to […]

Murphy Complex Fire Satelite View

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Image from NASA Earth Observatory “This image of the Murphy Complex Fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on July 22. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. The dry grassland and sagebrush terrain appears olive-tan, while the sprawling burned area appears deep […]

Murphy Complex Fire

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“The Rowland Fire and Elk Mountain Fire have now combined into one fire known as the Murphy Complex. A California Interagency Incident Management Team has taken control of the incident to relieve local resources to be made available for the potential of other fires in the area. Evacuation orders are still in place for residents […]

Off Topic; Animal World Drama

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Humans can learn something from this water buffalo herd. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM]

Current Large Fire Map

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NIIC Current Fire Map, Over 500 AcresClick to expand

Inyo Complex Fire Photo Journal

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Fantastic fire photo journal Holding On To Independence put together by residents of Independence California following the Inyo Complex Wildfire. A crew from Neptune Aviation Services laid down a key drop that contributed to saving the lives of two CDF engines crews. Image Neptune Aviation Services

Cal Fire Chief Endorses DC-10 Supertanker

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In a recent edition of his Chief’s memo California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ruben Grijalva discusses in detail why he signed a three year contract for use of the DC-10 Supertanker, Tanker 910. The Chief writes at length why he supports this all important firefighting weapon. Here are a few key highlights […]

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