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Grim Realities, 114 On-Duty Firefighter Deaths in 2008

The U.S. Fire Administration announces there were 114 LODD (line of duty) firefighter deaths in the U.S. in 2008. Details are provided by the OH&S here. Twenty six wildland firefighters died in 2008, more than double the 11 wildland firefighters that died in 2007. Nine died when their Sikorsky helicopter went down in the Trinity […]

2008 California Fire Season Ends Where It Began

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Just as I offered the 2008 California wildfire “season”  closed,  friend of Firefighter Blog Big Sur Kate reported a 10 acre fire on her coast. This is surely the final punctuation mark on the most destructive wildfire season in California history. The season began with a small roadside blaze in Big Sur on April 17 […]

Finally, 2008 Fire Season Over!

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Chill Map Stop the presses: Update! Challenging everything I thought I knew about wildfire in California Big Sur Kate reports a 10 acre wildfire on her coast!

Telegraph Fire, Responsible Party Sentenced

David Mosher was target shooting along the banks of the Merced River last July when a bullet ricochet ignited tinder dry brush. Mosher reported the blaze that eventually claimed more than 40 homes and other buildings, burned more than 40,000 acres and injured 15 firefighters. Mosher was sentenced to 60 hours of community service according […]

Socal Firestorm Losses Tallied

Firestorm numbers: 934 Homes Destroyed 42,000 Acres Burned, 21 Firefighters Injured $25 Mil. Suppression Costs The Freeway Complex Location: Orange County communities of Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim and Corona in Riverside County. Start Date November 15, 2008 at 9:00 am.29,000 Acres155 homes destroyed104 homes damaged9 firefighters injured11 Million dollars in fire suppression costs (to […]

Freeway Complex Fire Mop Up

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Twenty four thousand evacuees are heading home as firefighters put final touches on the 20,000 plus acre Santa Ana winds fire event. The 3,600 firefighters summoned to the scene will take advantage of today’s calm winds and (somewhat) milder temperatures to douse hot spots and patrol for wayward flames. Officially 23,700 acres have burned between […]

Fires Name Game, Freeway or Triangle Fire

The Incident 209 filed this morning at 11:00 am calls the Orange County wildfires the “Freeway Complex” Fire particulars: Latitude and LongitudeLat: 33° 52´ 22″ Long: 117° 44´ 20″Ownership: CA-ORC Acreage: 10,470Start Date: 11/15/2008 0905hrs. The Incident 209 filed at 0700hrs this morning calls the Orange County wildfire the “Triangle Fire” Fire particularsLatitude and LongitudeLat: […]

The Battle For Hollydale Mobilehome Estates 11/15/08

The Hollydale Mobilehome Estates community was spared destruction by fast moving flames in Carbon Canyon last night. At approximately 2200 hours CBS2 helicopter pilot/reporter Larry Welk showed an overhead shot of a massive flame front racing uphill towards the mobile home park (map below). Welk, a veteran fire reporter prepped viewers for a potentially tragic […]

Socal Fires Satellite Image, Sayre and Freeway Fires

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Satellite imagery from NASA AERONET This image is from yesterday November 15.

Sayre Fire Update; 613 Homes Confirmed Lost

The midday incident report filed at noon today reported 613 homes and 10 commercial buildings were destroyed in the first 12 hours of the Sayre Fire. Facts and Concerns; 1,400 firefighters are assigned to the Sayre FireOne firefighter injured with chest pains, one civilian injured. Major problems and concerns (control problems, social/political/economic concerns or impacts, […]

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