Entries by RedZone

History of Women in Firefighting

Women have been firefighters for over 200 years. The first woman firefighter was Molly Williams, who was a slave in New York City and became a member of Oceanus Engine Company #11 in 1815. During the blizzard of 1818, Molly was credited with pulling the pumper to fires through heavy snow and was known to […]

Guadalupe Pass Fire active in Southern New Mexico

The Guadalupe Pass Fire started in the Penloncillo Mountains in the Coronado National Forest in New Mexico shortly after 5:30 am on March 2nd. As of March 4th, the fire had burned 5,100 acres and was 15% contained. The fire burned in grass and brush and is exhibited moderate fire behavior with winds around 15 […]

Wildfires active in Oklahoma so far in 2016

 Two fire weather events early this year have Oklahoma leading the nation in wildfires to date with 226. Thirteen fires remain uncontained in the state as of March 1, even despite a recent decline in fire weather concern.     Active Fires in OK as of March 1st, 2016 Multiple red flag warnings were issued for the second time […]

Two-alarm brush fire closes Malibu-area highway, now contained

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a brush fire that scorched about 10 acres along the Malibu ridgeline is now 100% contained. Tragically, the incident left a twenty-two year old female inmate, who was deployed as a firefighter, critically injured and airlifted from the scene. She later died from the blow to the head from a falling […]

Wildfire 101- Ten Standard Firefighting Orders

The Ten Standard Firefighting Orders are a set of systematically organized rules designed by the USDA Forest Service to reduce danger to personnel and increase firefighting efficiency. The orders were developed from lessons learned in a number of major wildland fires that led to the deaths of trapped firefighters including the Shoshone National Forest Blackwater […]

Southeast Maui Brush Fire Scorches 5,300 acres

Five separate fires began along Piilani Highway in Kahikinui, Maui, Monday night around 1800 hrs, according to fire officials. Areas downwind of the quickly-spreading blaze were promptly evacuated as flames forced the closure of Piilani Highway over a four-mile stretch. RZAlert Dashboard view of Maui’s 5,300 acre blaze. The firefight continued this week as local crews […]

Wildfire 101: The Fire Triangle and The Fire Tetrahedron

There are three components needed to start a fire: fuel, oxygen, and heat. This is commonly referred to as the fire triangle. If any one of the components is missing, a fire cannot occur.  Artist’s rendition of the Fire Triangle – Source: USFWS Alaska The Fire Triangle is a simple way of understanding the three elements […]

Fire Danger Signs: What Do They Really Mean?

Ever been driving along a highway, spotted a Fire Danger Sign, and wondered what it is truly indicating? Fire Danger is a description of the combination of both constant and variable factors that affect the initiation, spread, and difficulty to control a wildfire in a given area. There are many systems and schemes that attempt […]

Texas’ Significant Wildfire Potential

According to Texas Forest Service’s Dispatch Tracker, the weekend produced multiple red flag warnings and 20 new fires totalling over 1,700 burned acres in the State of Texas. Despite the weekend’s elevated fire weather conditions and activity, Texas’ wildfire potential remains normal to below normal into early summer.   February’s Significant Wildfire Potential WILDFIRE POTENTIAL OUTLOOK FOR TEXAS  […]