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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 […]

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 […]

Helicopter Down In The Trinity Alps

A contract helicopter shuttling fire crews near the Buckhorn Fire near Junction City in Trinity County crashed Tuesday night. According to AP via Fire Rescue 1 nine are feared dead. has a discussion and updates on the tragedy.

Basin Complex Scars 152,000 Acres, End Near

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Basin Complex command estimates the final total acreage will be 162,818 with a final cost of $78,000,000.Current containment is estimated is at 79% though a containment line has been around the perimeter for more than a week. Firefighters are burning out any green left inside lines, dropping snags and removing equipment. Full scale demobilization of […]

Tale of Two Learning Centers, U.C. Berkeley & San Francisco Zen Center

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Both maintain learning retreats in the same forest, both share a similar mission of teaching. Both respect the land they occupy. Both strive to do right by nature and society. The University of California’s Hastings Reserve is one of 36 reserves in the Nature Reserve Systems maintained by the University of California. The NRS mission […]

New Basin Complex Commander Establishes Her Presence

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On her first full day as Basin Complex Fire incident commander Jeanne Pincha-Tulley put her public relations skills to work. I suggested here and still believe her assignment is a move by the Forest Service to repair damage caused by previous command teams on both sides of the fire. This morning she will submit to […]

A Real Live Smokey Bear Story

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CalFire Forester Adam Deem happened on an injured black bear cub while patrolling the Moon Fire, part of the Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex. has the story; “A 15-pound badly dehydrated bear cub was suffering serious burns to all four paws and crying for its missing mother, when it was found late Thursday morning by a […]

Tassajara: Victims of USFS Bureaucratic Incompetence

Details of the heroic fight to save the Tassajara Zen Center are filtering out. Center Director David Zimmerman, one of the five “fire monks” describes the events that led to the final evacuation of the Center here. From Zimmerman’s story we learn Tassajara Center residents prepared for more than two weeks for the arrival of […]

Basin Complex Fire East Front Activity July 17

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According to GeoMAC Basin Fire command has bit off a lot of acreage during their firing operations today. Residents in the Cachagua and Jamesburg.communities are seeing a lot of smoke overhead. If you believe the scale represented on the software imagery below there is almost 8 miles of open fire line at the moment. At […]

Basin Complex Commander Deitrich Exits Quietly

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Basin Complex Fire Commander Mike Deitrich slipped out of camp July 14 with no fanfare from what I see. Deitrich was not honored by Big Sur in the same manner commander Molumby of the the Zaca Fire was feted by grateful Santa Barbara residents last year. Molumby and his staff were toasted by Comedian (and […]

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