Firefighter fatality on the Ferguson Fire west of Yosemite National Park in California

We regret to have to report that a firefighter died this morning, July 14, on the Ferguson Fire west of Yosemite National Park. CAL FIRE announced this afternoon that Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney was tragically killed while battling the fire. Mr Varney leaves behind a wife and two small children. One of the firefighters … Continue reading “Firefighter fatality on the Ferguson Fire west of Yosemite National Park in California”

Two fires in Southern California you didn’t hear about

Long time fire photographer Jeff Zimmerman sent us these photos he shot at two recent Southern California fires that you did not hear about. Like many, many others, they were successfully attacked by firefighters and contained before growing into major conflagrations. The photo above as well as the next three, were from the July 6 … Continue reading “Two fires in Southern California you didn’t hear about”

Southern California firefighters being tested by record heat and windy conditions

On Saturday there is a slight chance of isolated dry lightning strikes across the eastern San Gabriel Mountains during Red Flag Warning conditions

West Fire burns numerous structures at Alpine, California

Above: The West Fire at Alpine, California. Screenshot from KUSI video. (UPDATED at 4:37 p.m. PDT July 6, 2018) CAL FIRE said the spread of the West Fire has been virtually stopped, but there is still quite a bit of active fire between structures that is threatening buildings. Firefighters will be working throughout the night … Continue reading “West Fire burns numerous structures at Alpine, California”

Klamathon Fire burns into Hornbrook, California, closes I-5

(Above: CHP photo) (UPDATED at 12:37 p.m. PDT July 6, 2018) From KOBI5: A civilian has died due to the Klamathon Fire, CAL FIRE reported Friday morning. The identification of the person will be released after further investigation and notification of next-of-kin. No further information was released. (UPDATED at 7 a.m. PDT July 6, 2018) … Continue reading “Klamathon Fire burns into Hornbrook, California, closes I-5”

Wildfire potential increases in California and the Northwest

(Originally published at 11:55 a.m. MDT July 2, 2018) On July 1 the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center issued their Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for July through October. The data represents the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit. If their analysis is … Continue reading “Wildfire potential increases in California and the Northwest”