Benjamin Carstens sent us this excellent time lapse video of nighttime burning on the Whaley Gulch prescribed fire about four miles north of Hill City, South Dakota, recorded on October 28, 2014. It’s very cool seeing stars and the moon track across the sky while the fire burns.
Smokey Jack O’Lantern by Crystal Fajt.
Crystal Fajt used the template we posted to make this very cool Smokey Bear Jack O’Lantern. Great job, Crystal! And, it’s a good picture, too. It’s difficult to photograph a dimly lit object in the dark.
WHAG is reporting that a firefighter was injured after “falling nearly 75 feet down a cliff” in or near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia while fighting a vegetation fire. The firefighter was stabilized at the scene and transported to Winchester Medical Center for further treatment.
Bradley Fritts, the incident commander with the Bakerton Fire Company, said the injured firefighter will remain in the hospital until Friday. Mr. Fritts said the fire would be turned over to the National Park Service Wednesday morning.
The Infotel website in Kamloops, British Columbia has an interesting article about wildland firefighters, and why they keep returning to the job year after year.
Here how piece begins:
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – It can feel like warfare; heading into a fire, in the middle of nowhere for days on end at the mercy of Mother Nature. Yet something about being on the battle lines draws in wildland firefighters season after season.
For Jarvis Manuel, a 14-year veteran with B.C. Wildfire, it’s the people. For Thomas Martin, a four-year veteran, it’s the people. Jon Collavini, a 17-year veteran, you guessed it, it’s the people.
These three men all come from very different backgrounds yet the job is one they keep coming back to despite the uncertainty and danger. They take pride in what they do and will spend hours on end training. Some years they can spend as little as 10 per cent of their time on an actual wildfire, but not recently. This year, crews jumped from one fire to another throughout the summer…
The photos below are not fire pictures, but I took them in BC while on a motorcycle trip in 2012.
Columbia Lake in BC north of Fernie. (My bike is the Yamaha FJR1300 on the left.) Photo by Bill Gabbert.
Kootenay National Park in BC, along Highway 93. Photo by Bill Gabbert. (click to enlarge)
This video, shot from an Allsopp Helikite at an altitude of about 30 meters, demonstrates one of the potential uses of the Helikite (which I would have called a balloon). The Geography Department of Kings College in London has been experimenting with the device.
The website for the kite says it can be used for lifting radios, repeaters, antennas, cameras, and other sensors. At the Large Fire Conference in Missoula we saw something similar demonstrated.
Missoula Large Fire Conference, May 21, 2014. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
The Tweet below shows the device being used in the UK on October 23.
The Lone Lone Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew, that just tweeted about this end of the season video, works under a cooperative partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands