Archive for August2010

Post Fire, 100 Structures Threatened in Kern County

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There is a theme developing with wildfires in SoCal as the second season starts. Fires are quick to 1,000 acres and then succumb to solid initial attack measures that include full use of air resources.

Pozo Fire, Room To Run 1,200 Acres in First Three Hours

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You never know when one will stick and become a multi-week, 100,000 acre monster. The “Pozo Fire” started at 1300 hrs today in the Pozo area of San Luis Obispo County on the Central California coast has the makings of one of those

New Hip

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About three quarters of the way into the procedure I woke up. I looked right up into the shielded face of the anesthesiologist while hearing lots of banging and clanking going on down below. I asked if it was almost over and the sleep doctor said they were closing

Remembering The "Great Fire of 1910"

Three million acres burned in the Great Blow Up of 1910, and 87 brave souls lost their lives. The United States Forest Service was but 5 years old at this time. US Forest Service Ranger Ed Pulaski led a group of men to safety as they held up in a mine tunnel just outside Wallace, Idaho,

Russia's Putin In The Cockpit of Air Tanker Dropping Water Over Fires

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin eased into the cockpit of a Be-200 air tanker after takeoff and took an active part in fighting the devastating fires ravaging Western Russia by releasing water over two fires today.

When Fire is Good

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The Slope Fire is currently burning in the high country of Yosemite National Park, north of Yosemite Valley and west of Tuolumne Meadows. The lightning caused blaze was discovered after a series of lightning storms lit up the area on or around July 25

Not Your Grandpa's Boots, Black Diamond Fits Just Right

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Being retired I don’t need to wear boots day to day. Black Diamond Footwear asked me if I would take a pair of their boots for a test drive and I said why not. The boot is the X-Boot, Stock #0975 and out of the box it looks like this.

Station Fire Response Faces D.C. Investigation

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U.S. Department of Agriculture head Tom Vilsack has invited Congress to open an investigation into discrepancies surrounding the initial response to the Station Fire by the U.S. Forest Service.

Moscow Shrouded In Smoke, 1.8 Million Acres Scorched

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Muscovites advised to hang wet sheets in open windows to filter smoke.

Book Review; "One Foot In The Black" by Kurt L. Kamm

“One Foot In The Black” is as close to real as anything I have read. Kurt Kamm brings us the story of a young man from the Mid West that travels to California to work the summer fire season. Later he catches on with L.A. County