Wildfires

12:18pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Wildfires

Military C-130 MAFFS Remain Over Western Wildfires

A MAFFS equipped C-130 over the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012
Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher The National Guard

Air Force C-130’s equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System will continue to fight western wildfires. To date, they have dropped over 1.2 million gallons of fire retardant according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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5:46am

Thu August 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Three More Weeks Needed To Surround California's Rim Fire

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:32 am

Flames from the Rim Fire in the hills behind Tuolumne City, Calif., on Wednesday.
David McNew Reuters/Landov

The massive "Rim Fire" around California's Yosemite National Park is now about 30 percent contained and it's hoped that cooling temperatures and more moderate winds will continue to work in firefighters' favor.

But The Associated Press cautions that officials say it will likely still be three weeks before the fire is surrounded and that the blaze likely won't be out until many weeks after that.

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6:04am

Wed August 28, 2013
Wildfires

Fire's Threat To Bay Area's Water Supply May Come Later

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 9:32 am

A charred caution sign just outside of California's Yosemite National Park.
David McNew Reuters/Landov

The huge "Rim Fire" in and around California's Yosemite National Park hasn't yet caused problems at the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that provides water to 2.6 million people in the Bay Area. There have been fears that falling ash will pollute the water there.

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2:45pm

Tue August 27, 2013
Wildfires

Elite Native American Firefighters Join Crews At Yosemite

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 6:57 pm

Flames burn near the Tuolumne Family Camp near Groveland, Calif., on Sunday.
Noah Berger EPA/Landov

One of the firefighting teams trying to contain the Rim Fire in and around Yosemite National Park is the Geronimo Hotshots team from San Carlos, Ariz., one of seven elite Native American firefighting crews in the U.S.

On the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, firefighting jobs are one of only a few ways for many young men to earn a living. For team member Jose Alvarez Santi Jr., 25, the work is rewarding — but being away from home fighting fires can be tough.

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8:10am

Tue August 27, 2013

VIDEO: Climate Effects On Wildfires Explained In 90 Sec

Lead in text: 
Drought and forest management are big topics in Colorado. More so, following this summer's destructive Black Forest Fire and the 2012 fire season. Penn State Professor Matthew Hurteau explains more on climate's link to fires in this video.
Source: YouTube · Via: The Atlantic
"Well, with prolonged drought, what you're doing is priming the system to make it more flammable. The other side is that we got roughly a century of fire suppression policy. So now, what used to be open forest is pretty closed canopy forest, so there's a lot more trees." - Matthew Hurteau

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