In 2014, with assistance from the New Jersey State Forestry Services, U.S. Forest Service and international researchers from the United Kingdom and Russia teamed up to collect data on a prescribed fire in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. The fire’s embers, or commonly known as fire brands, were one important aspect of the study.
Fire in New Jersey
A vegetation fire in New Jersey has burned about 1,500 acres in the Edward G. Bevan Fish and Wildlife Management Area. At least one single engine air tanker and a helicopter have been assisting the firefighters on the ground.
— Wildfire Today (@wildfiretoday) April 24, 2014
Homes at risk in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs has released a map showing the areas in the city that are most at risk from wildland fire. A homeowner can use the map to zoom in to see their individual parcel, rated anywhere from low risk to extreme risk.
More cities should provide maps like this.
In the last two years wildfires in Colorado Springs have killed four residents and burned 833 homes.
One person killed in wildfire in Nepal
One person was killed and 42 homes burned in a wildfire near Illam, Nepal.
In the incident that took place on Wednesday morning, Ram Kumar Rai, 55, of Banjho-1 was killed while Ranjit Rai, 23 and Bhadra Maya Rai, 50 were injured, according to the Area Police Office, Mangalbare.
Meanwhile, fire engulfed 42 houses at Inaruwa VDC of Saptari district this morning. The fire that broke out from a cowshed of Dhaneshwro Mandal spread to 42 houses belonging to 22 households.
On Thursday a brush fire near Edison, New Jersey threatened hotels, day care centers, and shipping facilities for UPS and FEDEX before it was contained. One report from NBCNEWYORK said about 250 acres of mostly wetlands burned.
The video above has some good aerial shots, but don’t bother adjusting your audio, since there is none.
The Eastern Area Coordination Center reports that 1,125 people are assigned to incidents in the Eastern Geographic Area, however some of those may be working on incidents unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. But this number does include 11 incident management teams and 41 crews of firefighters that are assigned to hurricane recovery.
- Quesinberry: Is assigned to provide support to Nassau County, NY.
- Kleinman: Is supporting development and management of staging areas in New York City.
- Hahnenberg: Is assigned to the Office of Emergency Management in Brooklyn, NY.
Two Type 1 Incident Management Teams are assigned:
- Wilder: Is managing road clearing operations throughout West Virginia.
- Opliger: Is managing a staging area at Fort Dix, NJ.
Six Type 2 Incident Management Teams are assigned:
- Pisarek: Is managing a mobilization, and receiving and distribution centers in Farmingdale, NY.
- Dueitt: Is assisting FEMA operations in the New York City area.
- Kollmeyer: Is assigned to provide support to Nassau County, NY.
- Graham: Is assigned to Charleston, WV.
- West: Is assigned to Charleston, WV.
- Fry: Is overseeing road clearing operations in New Jersey
Below is an interesting photo that the New York City Fire Department posted on their Facebook page showing most of the southern part of Manhattan blacked out due to the hurricane.
At least 11 Incident Management Teams and 22 hand crews are assigned in the eastern United States helping with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. The numbers provided by various sources vary somewhat, and may be due to some of the resources not being dispatched through the National Interagency Coordination Center, such as an IMTeam from Maine that does not show up on the list below which is from the the Eastern Area Coordination Center. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The crews are working in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
The Missoulian has an article about more crews headed that way today.
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