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CA Firefighters Make Progress Corralling Alisal Fire

October 15, 2021 8:33 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/10/15/ca-firefighters-make-progress-corralling-alisal-fire/ SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4 square miles (68 square kilometers) and containment of the blaze jumped to…

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Podcast: ‘Life with Fire’ with Amanda Monthei

October 15, 2021 3:26 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/10/15/podcast-life-with-fire-with-amanda-monthei/ When Amanda Monthei was growing up, she actually thought about becoming an archeologist. She always knew she wanted to write, but becoming a wildland firefighter? That was not on her radar until much later.  “I had some girlfriends who’d been doing it and I was like, hey, that looks pretty fun. So,…

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CA Wildfires Destroy Mobile Homes; One Man Burned

October 12, 2021 5:11 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/10/12/ca-wildfires-destroy-mobile-homes-one-man-burned/ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Destructive California wildfires driven by intense winds caused damage at two mobile home parks, destroying some trailers, and one person suffered burns, officials said. The fires on Monday also toppled trees, whipped up blinding dust clouds and forced the a utility to cut power to thousands of customers…

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Four Injured by Falling Tree at KNP Complex Fire in CA

October 11, 2021 6:00 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/10/11/four-injured-by-falling-tree-at-knp-complex-fire-in-ca/ THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Four people injured when a tree fell on them as they were working inside a Northern California wildfire have been released from the hospital, officials said Friday. One is an employee with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, and three are…

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PG&E May Shut off Power to Thousands over Windy Forecast

October 11, 2021 5:58 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/10/11/pge-may-shut-off-power-to-thousands-over-windy-forecast/ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric said it may shut off power to about 44,000 customers in California beginning on Monday due to potentially dry, gusty winds that could raise the risk electrical equipment sparking fires. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning of extreme fire danger starting…

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Portugal Records Its Fewest Summer Wildfires in 10 years

October 4, 2021 8:45 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/10/04/portugal-records-its-fewest-summer-wildfires-in-10-years/ LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal has so far this year recorded its lowest number of wildfires since 2011, and the blazes have claimed no lives since more than 100 people died in 2017, authorities said Friday. More than 80% of the 7,253 wildfires reported through Sept. 30 were put out before they…

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CA Fires Threatening Sequoias Continue to Grow

September 28, 2021 6:34 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/09/28/ca-fires-threatening-sequoias-continue-to-grow/ THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled fast-growing forest fires threatening giant sequoias and small communities in the Sierra Nevada on Monday and worked to fully surround a suspected arson wildfire that destroyed homes last week. More than 2,000 firefighters were on the lines of the Windy Fire burning on the…

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Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest Unscathed by Wildfire

September 22, 2021 2:07 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/09/22/sequoia-national-parks-giant-forest-unscathed-by-wildfire/ THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — The ancient massive trees of Sequoia National Park’s famed Giant Forest were unscathed Tuesday even though a wildfire has been burning near them on the western side of California’s Sierra Nevada for nearly two weeks. “As of right now we don’t have any damage to any of…

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CA Firefighters Scramble to Protect Sequoia Groves

September 20, 2021 7:01 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/09/20/ca-firefighters-scramble-to-protect-sequoia-groves/ By NOAH BERGER Associated Press THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Flames on Sunday reached a grove of sequoia trees in California as firefighters battled to keep fire from driving further into another grove, where the base of the world’s largest tree has been wrapped in protective foil. Fire officials warned that hot,…

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Firefighters Struggling to Save CA Giant Sequoias

September 17, 2021 7:10 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/09/17/firefighters-struggling-to-save-ca-giant-sequoias/ By NOAH BERGER and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal General Sherman Tree in…

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