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CA Oak Fire Extends to 18,000 Acres; 18% Contained as 3,000 Firefighters Battle It

July 27, 2022 3:08 pm Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/07/27/ca-oak-fire-extends-to-18000-acres-18-contained-as-3000-firefighters-battle-it/ Jordan Parker – San Francisco Chronicle Jul. 27—The wildfire burning just west of Yosemite National Park near Midpines in Mariposa County grew by over 500 acres throughout Tuesday, measuring at just over 18,532 acres with 32% containment as of Wednesday morning. The Oak Fire in Mariposa County has burned down 55 structures and threatened over…

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Yosemite (CA) Fire Grows as Crews Protect Iconic Sequoias

July 11, 2022 12:11 pm Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/07/11/yosemite-ca-fire-grows-as-crews-protect-iconic-sequoias/ YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire threatening the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park more than doubled in size in a day, and firefighters were working in difficult terrain Sunday to protect the iconic trees and a small mountain town as the U.S. weathers another very active…

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Hellish Fires, Low Pay, Trauma: CA Forest Service Firefighters Face a Morale Crisis

June 14, 2022 1:21 pm Source: https://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/06/14/hellish-fires-low-pay-trauma-californias-forest-service-firefighters-face-a-morale-crisis/ Alex Wigglesworth – Los Angeles Times Chris Mariano became a federal wildland firefighter because he wanted to help protect the Northern California landscapes and communities he’d grown to love. Years later, after working his way up to squad boss of the elite Truckee hotshot crew for the U.S. Forest Service, Mariano resigned in a viral letter that is the…

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Idaho Governor OKs Wildland Firefighter Hazard Pay Raises

March 25, 2022 8:28 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/03/25/idaho-governor-oks-wildland-firefighter-hazard-pay-raises/ By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday signed into law legislation giving the state’s wildland firefighters hazard pay, a boost expected to keep more firefighters on the job. The Republican governor signed the measure that provides Idaho Department of Lands wildland firefighters with hazard…

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Fire Chief Hospitalized with Burns at NC Wildfire

February 15, 2022 7:09 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/02/15/fire-chief-hospitalized-with-burns-at-nc-wildfire/ Mark Price The Charlotte Observer (MCT)A firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering multiple burns during a wildfire in western North Carolina, according to Otto Fire and Rescue in Macon County. The firefighter was identified as department Chief Terry Rholetter Jr. and he was injured Saturday, Feb. 12, officials said in a Facebook post….

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Concerns Raised About a Marshall-Style Wildfire on Former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Site

February 14, 2022 1:40 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2022/02/14/concerns-raised-about-a-marshall-style-wildfire-on-former-rocky-flats-nuclear-weapons-site/ John Aguilar The Denver Post (TNS) Feb. 8—December’s Marshall fire spared the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, an expanse of grasslands between Superior and Arvada that, had winds shifted, could have provided 6,200 acres of additional drought-stricken fuel to the destructive blaze. What if a fire like the one that burned down more than 1,000…

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Wind-Whipped Fires Sweep Kansas, Firefighter and Two Others Hospitalized

December 16, 2021 8:15 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/12/16/wind-whipped-fires-sweep-kansas-firefighter-and-two-others-hospitalized/  Firefighters in Russell, Paradise, Salina and elsewhere in Kansas battled wildfires fueled by winds up to 100 miles per hour Wednesday and Thursday. At least one firefighter in Russell County was hospitalized with injuries suffered in the fires. The fires destroyed homes, barns, vehicles and livestock. The post Wind-Whipped Fires Sweep…

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Meet The Wildland Firefighters of Hawaii – ‘Different But the Same’

November 29, 2021 9:25 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/11/29/meet-the-wildland-firefighters-of-hawaii-different-but-the-same/ Meet the Hawaii Wildland firefighters. Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources presents this video look at the men and women who are the first responders for the state’s 3 million acres of forest land. Like most places, wild fire season is a 12-month season in Hawaii. This largely volunteer force turns…

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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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Does Forest Thinning Slow Spread of Catastrophic Wildfires? Fuel Reduction Efforts Spark Division

October 11, 2021 6:03 pm Source: https://wildlandfirefighter.com/2021/10/11/does-forest-thinning-slow-spread-of-catastrophic-wildfires/ By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters and numerous studies credit intensive forest thinning projects with helping save communities like those recently threatened near Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, but dissent from some environmental advocacy groups is roiling the scientific community. States in the U.S. West and the…

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