Archive for September2009

Early Santa Ana Wind Event Sparks up Ventura County

A Santa Ana wind fueled fire is burning out of control in Ventura County in thin fuel between the communities of Moorpark and Fillmore. The Guiberson Fire, also called the Fillmore Fire by local (L.A.) news stations has burned nearly 2,000 acres. The fire began along Guiberson Road mid morning today. No structures have burned […]

When Swine Flu Visited Our House

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My college freshman son called home during his second week of his first semester advising us that he was ill. In the morning I drove the 60 miles to his school to retrieve him and drove straight to his doctor’s office. Though he is 18 he will continue to see his long time pediatrician for […]

Bear With Me

I am in the process of changing my blog host and name. I recently changed the name to as the formal name but in the process left the Blogger domain open to anyone that wanted it. Thankfully I caught that error and reclaimed the Blogspot domain, restoring the name before it became reincarnated under […]

Never Forget

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On September 11 of each year I re-post the story sent to me by FDNY Firefighter Tommy Dunn shortly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. Firefighter Dunn was there that day, a first responder who could have easily suffered the same fate as the 343 firefighters that died that day. He nearly did. Please read […]

InciWeb: Brief History And Use of Fire Retardant

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InciWeb offers a nice review of the history of the use of fire retardant, what it’s mixed with, why it’s colored, or not and what it does. This is a departure from the normal day to day individual fire facts and maps InciWeb is known for. It’s nice to see them branching out into education. […]

Changing Site Name

I am in the process of moving the formal name of the website to If I don’t blow up the site by making this change I’ll be lucky. I am not a techie and issues of Hosts and CNames are Chinese to me. If you found yourself reading this then it worked.

Station Fire Moves Towards 2002 Curve Fire Burn

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The Curve Fire burned over 20,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest along Highway 39 in September 2002. It appears the Station Fire is destined to meet the old burn as it moves steadily towards the mountain highway. Early on in the Station Fire Commander Dietrich stated his intention to keep the fire west of […]

Station Fire Flair Up, Advancing Eastward

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Station Fire Incident Commander Mike Dietrich stated at his 5:30 press briefing tonight, “We have not yet turned the corner on this fire”. The Mercury News reports per Dietrich that the fire has advanced to the east and southeast. The fire is now less than 5 miles from the community of Juniper Hills in the […]

Station Fire Time-Lapse Video

Unreal, no real words to describe this time lapse video of the Station Fire. Martin Mars over Mt Wilson

Yosemite's Big Meadow Fire (update)

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InciWeb reports the fire is over 7,000 acres and is at 70% containment. There is an interesting image on InceWeb that paints a good picture of what the firefighters are dealing with in terms of terrain and fuels. I played around with Google Earth and thought these views from above the Valley looking west were […]

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