Firefighter shot while on duty in California

A wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service was shot December 11 while driving a vehicle in Monterey County, California. The victim, Division Chief Peter Harris, was shot in the neck and ear. Even though he was wounded, Chief Harris was able to provide a description to a 911 operator. Below is an excerpt from … Continue reading “Firefighter shot while on duty in California”

Smoke from Thomas Fire affects air quality in California

Above: Wildfire smoke forecast for 6 p.m. PST December 10, 2017. (Originally published at 3:30 p.m. PST December 10, 2017) The Thomas Fire is having a significant effect on the air quality in California. Some areas downwind of the fire to the northwest had “unhealthy” conditions at 2 p.m. Sunday, including Santa Barbara and Goleta. Forecasts … Continue reading “Smoke from Thomas Fire affects air quality in California”

Red Flag Warnings continue in Southern California

Red Flag Warnings have been issued for areas in Southern California, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. In Los Angeles and Ventura Counties east winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph will continue at times today (Sunday) and again late tonight and Monday, however, winds are expected to be weaker … Continue reading “Red Flag Warnings continue in Southern California”

Red Flag Warnings in Southern California and Colorado

Red Flag Warnings have been issued for areas in Southern California and Colorado. An extended period of Santa Ana offshore winds will continue through at least Sunday focused over much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The winds today will be the weakest of the next three days with gusts generally in the 30 to … Continue reading “Red Flag Warnings in Southern California and Colorado”

Ludicrous Fire Weather predicted in Southern California through Saturday

Above: the Red Flag Warning forecast through Friday for Alpine, California, east of San Diego. (Originally published at 5:36 p.m. PST December 6, 2017) In wildland fire we sometimes talk about “extreme fire weather”… strong winds with low relative humidity. But, the conditions in the forecast for Southern California Wednesday night through Saturday require a … Continue reading “Ludicrous Fire Weather predicted in Southern California through Saturday”