Wildfire briefing, August 24, 2013

Transformer explodes, starts fire behind fire station

An electrical transformer on a power pole exploded and started a fire behind a fire station in Ramona, California early Saturday. Here is an excerpt from the Ramona Patch:

The incident occurred about 7:45 a.m. at Cal Fire Station 80 at 829 San Vicente Road south of H Street, Cal Fire firefighter-paramedic Brandon Morgan said.

“We were just sitting in the station and we heard an explosion outside and we went out and a power pole was on fire about 200 yards away,” Morgan said.

Prompt action by firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze before it spread.

Firewise landscaping saved homes in Utah

Removing and managing vegetation around homes saved several of them during a wildfire in Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Eight homes were destroyed by the lightning-caused Rockport Fire near Rockport Reservoir last week.

Scoopers help slow wildfire in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Some Canadair CL-415s helped slow a wildfire in the Jabalnica region in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday, but Saturday it took off again and came within 200 to 300 meters of the Jablanica hydro-electric plant. The Croatian government made two water-scooping air tankers available to suppress the fire, at the request of the Bosnian Council of Ministers.

Granite Mountain 19 widow gives birth

One of the widows of the 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots gave birth Thursday to a 6 pound, 15 ounce son. Amanda Misner who was married to Sean Misner, named him after his father, giving him the name Sean Jaxon Herbert Misner.

The child’s father and 18 others from the fire crew were killed on the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, near Yarnell, Arizona.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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