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Top Ten Things You May Not Know About Wildland Fires

  1) 90% of wildfires are human-caused Sources of anthropogenic wildfires are most often accidental ignition by campers, hikers, or garbage/debris burns…but some are purposely started by arsonists.. 2) But the majority of acres burned comes from lightning ignitions Because they often occur in isolated locations with limited access, lightning fires burn more total acres than human-caused starts. The […]

Black Friday Brushfires

On Friday January 13, 1939, Victoria, Australia suffered one of the worst wildfires in history. These fires came to be known as the Black Friday brushfires. They burned nearly 5 million acres and 71 people lost their lives after several towns were destroyed. Prior to Black Friday, Victoria had experienced a long, dry, and hot […]

This Week in 1956: Inaja Fire Tragedy

On November 24th, 1956, a wildfire began on the Inaja Reservation near Julian in East County, San Diego that would kill eleven firefighters and change the landscape of wildland firefighting.  On the night of November 25th, firefighters were attempting to cut a control line around the fire in San Diego Canyon.  They were quickly forced to retreat up an […]

What Warrants a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service?

Another Red Flag Warning was issued for Southern California late last week for very low humidities and strong offshore winds. But what factors actually warrant this official notice from the National Weather Service and what do the associated weather conditions mean? A Red Flag Warning is used by the National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies […]

The DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT)

Aerial firefighting involves the use of aircraft–both fixed-wing and rotary-wing–to combat wildfires. Among the fixed-wing type are air tankers and water bombers equipped with tanks that can be filled with fire retardant or water. Some air tankers (like the DC-10 VLAT pictured below) are loaded on the ground at an air tanker base, while other aircraft (such as […]

Ready, Set, Go!

Although there is currently no national standard for wildfire preparedness and potential evacuations, most agencies have adopted CalFire’s Ready, Set, Go! program. This program educates homeowners on ways to be prepared prior to an event and how to handle themselves during potential and imminent evacuation situations.  READY Before an event, prepare by designating and creating your home’s Defensible […]

November Wildfire Potential At or Returning to Normal

As the ‘typical’ fire season comes to a close, the National Interagency Fire Center is forecasting below-normal, normal, and returning-to-normal autumn conditions across the U.S. The only area not already at or below normal fire potential is Southern California’s coast which remains in a drought but is predicted to return to normal by the end of the month.  Image by NIFC […]

Quite the Air Show for Small Gibraltar Fire

Yesterday’s Gibraltar Fire near Montecito Peak in Santa Barbara County must have had fire officials worried. Ten air tankers and a DC-10 dropped a reported 85,000 gallons of fire retardant around the small ridge top burn.  Some majestic photos were floating around twitter and news sources yesterday with several air drops and helicopters putting on an […]

What Happens To Plants After A Wildfire?

News regarding large wildfires typically covers the location of the fire, the size of the fire, and the fire’s impact on people and property. With the possibility of hundreds of homes destroyed, thousands of people displaced, and millions in damaged property, it’s no wonder much of the media’s attention of large wildfire events is focused on […]