These photos were taken at the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs, Colorado by Bill Gabbert, June 14 and 15, 2013. More information about the fire can be found HERE.
(Originally published at 4:40 p.m. PT, June 10, 2013; updated at 11:45 a.m. PT, June 11)
Sunday and Monday much of the Northern California foothills and mountains including the Sierra experienced significant thunderstorms with dry lightning. Nearly
6,000 8,000 lightning strikes were recorded. Over 50 60 small fires have been discovered that were ignited by lightning. Though most of the storm systems have moved out, CAL FIRE crews continue to respond to additional fires.
Below is a summary of some of the fires in four northern California CAL FIRE units as of Monday afternoon:
- Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit: 21 fires, largest fire 4 acres
- Tehama-Glenn Unit: 20 fires, largest fire 2 acres
- Butte Unit: 11 fires, 0 acres
- Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit: 2 fires, 0 acres
On Wednesday at noon firefighters from Hot Springs, South Dakota fought a vehicle fire inside a warehouse. They kept it from spreading into the vegetation and from what we could see from a distance they saved at least the primary shell of the warehouse. I doubt if the vehicle fared as well.
The video above features two South Dakota Type 2 hand crews that are assigned in the Sioux Falls area to clear trees that fell or were damaged during a recent ice storm.
The crew’s primary function is that of hazardous fuels reduction on state and private lands within the Black Hills. The crew is available for both in-state and out-of-state dispatch assignments, and has responded to various all risk incidents throughout the U.S. since its inception.
The photo above shows the Black Hats on May 7, 2004 walking to the fire below, which started in a structure south of Hot Springs, South Dakota and spread into the wildland. Firefighters stopped it at the top of the ridge.
One of the DC-10′s, Tanker 910, visited Rapid City today. On the way back from scheduled maintenance in Michigan, they still have two more stops scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, before they head home to California. These times are approximate and subject to change.
- Billings, Montana, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Missoula, Montana, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
These photos were taken by Bill Gabbert. Click on them to enlarge.