Time lapse video of Rim Fire

This video includes time lapse views from Yosemite National Park of the Rim Fire, which has burned 201,894 acres. If you’re at work, turn down the volume on your speakers —  the music at the beginning is especially loud and annoying.

The video was compiled by Yosemite National Park. They describe it like this:

The first part of this video is from the Crane Flat Helibase. The fire is currently burning in wilderness and is not immediately threatening visitors or employees. The second half of the video is from Glacier Point, showing Yosemite Valley, and how little the smoke from the fire has impacted the Valley.

Our main article about the Rim Fire at Yosemite National Park is updated daily with maps and current information.

Panel discussion about wildfires

Firefighters at Pilot Peak on the Rim Fire, August 26, 2013
Firefighters at Pilot Peak on the Rim Fire, August 26, 2013. Photo by Mike McMillan.

Today on the NOW with Alex Wagner show there was a 10-minute discussion by a five-person panel about the current state of wildfires, how climate change affects wildfires, funding for fire management, and the risk of firefighters while protecting houses. We don’t get involved in politics here on Wildfire Today unless it directly affects fire management. But, even though the host mentions a particular political party once or twice, we believe this video has value here since it is the most in-depth nationally broadcast discussion about wildfires that we have seen.

Unfortunately the scientist who was asked to explain why we are “seeing violent, dangerous wildfires at what would seem to be historic rates”, was from NASA and his expertise appeared to be remote sensing, rather than wildfires or fire behavior.

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Veterans train to be firefighters in the Black Hills

Wildfire Today has written previously about the Veterans Fire Corps which is training and employing military veterans in several western states. The Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota has also been participating in the program for the last two years and they sent us this information about their program.


2013 Veteran Fire Corps team, Black Hills
2013 Veteran Fire Corps team, Black Hills National Forest. L to R: Alleyn Friedrich – Project Leader, Juan Rangel, Bryan Hardgrove, David Herbert, Preston Keough. USFS photo.

“Black Hills National Forest Hosts Veterans Fire Corps

Custer, SD – For the past two summers, the Black Hills National Forest has had veterans working side by side with firefighters and other forest employees as part of the Veterans Fire Corps program.

This summer, both Mystic and Hell Canyon Ranger Districts hosted these veteran teams. Each team has a project leader and 5 members.

This unique program, specifically for men and women who have served in the armed forces, is designed to prepare veterans for positions as wildland firefighters. The program is geared toward training veterans to protect public lands from the threat of wildfire. The program is operated as a partnership with the Student Conservation Association.

Tim Gurnett, from Omaha, Neb. is a Project Leader for the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado. He worked as a Project Leader on Hell Canyon Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest last summer. Gurnett served in the Navy for five years and is now a member of the Naval Reserve. He is in his third year with the program and likes everything about it. “It is refreshing to be with people that have similar experiences and similar issues,” said Gurnett. “I love this kind of work and it is good to be around fellow veterans. It is good to talk together and work together and gives us something to be proud of again.” Gurnett is a senior at the University of Nebraska and is working on a double major in Environmental Studies and Criminal Justice. He hopes to land a Law Enforcement position with a land management agency such as the U.S. Forest Service.
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Serious accidents and fatalities on wildland fires in 2012

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Risk Management Committee compiled a list of the fatalities, entrapments, burn-overs and other life-threatening accidents and injuries associated with wildfires in the United States in calendar year 2012.

The report includes 15 fatalities:

  • Driving: 2
  • Entrapment/Burnover: (none)
  • Medical Emergencies: 6
  • Hazard Tree/Snag: 1
  • Aviation: 6

HERE is a link to the complete report.

(Note: the statistics above were updated with more current data provided by the NWCG.)

MAFFS air tankers assist crew in trouble

A TV station in Sacramento, California has a story about Military MAFFS C-130 air tankers making some retardant drops to assist a hand crew that was in a difficult situation on the RIM fire recently.

I am intrigued by the “common operating picture” that was mentioned by the national guard gentleman.

Our main article about the Rim Fire at Yosemite National Park is updated daily with maps and current information.