Kilauea lava flow in Hawaii emerges again from ground crack, continues advancing eastward, ignites forest
The following photos and videos were released by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (USGS) (Dated September 3, 2014 and September 1, 2014) .
Woman who bragged about setting fire, sentenced to prison
The woman who posted on Facebook about setting a fire was sentenced to more than a year in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez on Wednesday. She was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service in the fire-damaged area.
“You owe them much more than that,” Judge Hernandez told her.
Sadie Renee Johnson said she was suffering from alcohol and drug problems and told the judge she would turn her life around.
On July 22, 2013, two days after throwing a firecracker into vegetation to start a fire so her firefighter friends would not be “bored”, Ms. Johnson, 23, wrote on her Facebook page: “Like my fire?”
Ms. Johnson pleaded guilty on May 19 to the crime of setting brush and timber on fire.
Another insurance company offers homeowners proactive protection from ongoing fires
The Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company has expanded its wildfire program to include response services, which may include the application of gel or retardant solutions to a policyholder’s home and surrounding vegetation. The Wildfire Response Program, which already included wildfire assessments and extensive wildfire preparation for homes and land, now provides a complimentary additional layer of protection to eligible Prestige Home℠ policyholders who enroll.
During a wildfire, actions to defend a home may include:
- Removal of combustible materials from around the home
- Set-up of a perimeter sprinkler system
- Spray the home or surrounding property with a fire-blocking solution.
The Wildfire Response Program is currently offered in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
LA County brings on an Air-Crane and two scoopers
As they have done for the last 21 fire seasons, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has contracted for two water-scooping air tankers. The CL-415s, leased from the Quebec government, started at the first of this month and will be able to carry up to 1,620 gallons of water with each drop. Due to numerous fires late in 2013 and the Colby Fire in January, 2014, they worked several weeks beyond their planned December termination date last year.
The department also brought on a Helitanker, an Erickson Air-Crane S-64F that can hold 2,650 gallons of water or retardant.
More information and photos are at Fire Aviation.
Colorado’s multi-mission aircraft is in service
The state of Colorado has a temporary version of their multi-mission aircraft officially in service while the two they purchased are being outfitted and configured. It is being operated and maintained by Bode Aviation under contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). Until the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) personnel have completed their training, SNC will be providing qualified “Sensor Operators.
Today, for training purposes, the aircraft and crew are using its sensors to detect and map a prescribed fire near Gypsum, Colorado.
More information and a photo are at Fire Aviation.