Heavy equipment operators train for firefighting in Mississippi

Mississippi Equipment Operator Training firefighting
Photo: Mississippi Forestry Commission

Earlier this year Mississippi Forestry Commission technicians took part in a heavy equipment academy to learn safe practices and proper techniques when they suppress wildfires.

Mississippi Equipment Operator Training firefighting
Photo: Mississippi Forestry Commission
Mississippi Equipment Operator Training firefighting
Photo: Mississippi Forestry Commission

Grass fire in Tate County Mississippi

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Fire near Yellow Dog Road in Tate County, Mississippi, January 30, 2019. Photo by Bill Gabbert. Click to enlarge.

A grass fire burned a couple of acres today near a home at Yellow Dog Road in Tate County Mississippi before Senatobia Fire & Rescue knocked it down.

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Fire near Yellow Dog Road in Tate County, Mississippi, January 30, 2019. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Fire near Yellow Dog Road in Tate County, Mississippi, January 30, 2019. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Fire near Yellow Dog Road in Tate County, Mississippi, January 30, 2019. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

The wildland and prescribed fire programs in Mississippi

TBT: Mississippi tractor plow

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Mississippi Forestry Commission photo.

For Throw Back Thursday–

The Mississippi Forestry Commission (@MSForestryComm) put this photo on Twitter today, honoring their delivery of “quality forest management services and assistance to private forest landowners for 92 years”.

Anyone want to take a stab at the date it was taken? I’m guessing the truck is from the mid-60’s. There is a number on the side that looks like “2700”. I don’t know if that’s a model, or a vehicle number assigned by the MFC.

National Park Service’s Mississippi River Fire Management Zone has been busy

Photos of wildfire and prescribed fire activity.

I believe the photo of the CL-415 air tanker was taken in Oklahoma. Click on the photos to see larger versions.

Wildfire briefing, January 30, 2015

Fire near Lake Disston, Florida

Fire near Lake Disston FL

Kenny Arnaldi took this photo Wednesday of a wildfire a mile south of Lake Disston, Florida.

Bushfire burns into Waroona in Western Australia

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A bushfire threatening Waroona, about 100 kilometers south of Perth.

A large bushfire has burned into the city of Waroona in Western Australia about 100 kilometers south of Perth. (Map)

Below is an excerpt from an article at abc.net.au updated at about 4 p.m. MST, January 30, 2015:

An out-of-control bushfire is threatening lives and homes at Waroona in Western Australia, with up to three properties believed to be damaged so far. The blaze has entered the town, which is about 100 kilometres south of Perth, and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has warned it is moving fast in a north-westerly direction. Embers are likely to be blown around homes, starting spot fires.

DFES duty assistant commissioner Chris Arnol said residents should take their location into consideration when planning how to respond.

“It depends on where they are. We’ve asked some residents to shelter in place which is the best option for them and others to evacuate to [an evacuation centre in the nearby town of Harvey],” he said. “People should have their fire plans ready and know what to do. We’ve got about 150 firefighters. We had 21 appliances on the fire and we’ve sent a further 24 from the metropolitan area.”

Oklahoma grass fires

Firefighters responding to a fire southwest of Tulsa observed a person setting one of eight grass fires that were burning in the area. More information is in the video below.

Update on the Kīlauea volcano lava flow
Kīlauea volcano
The image above released by US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on January 29 shows the lava flow front from the Kīlauea volcano a mere 550 yards away from Highway 130 at its closest point. The distal tips are stalled, however “breakouts persist upslope,” writes USGS, “and these areas of activity can be spotted in this photograph by small smoke plumes where the lava is burning vegetation on the flow margins.”

Mississippi wildfire threatens natural gas facilities
A wildfire in Simpson County Mississippi (map) burned over an underground natural gas pipeline and came close to an above ground gas substation.

Below are excerpts from an article at WSMV:

“If it blows up down here, won’t nobody be left in Simpson County,” said resident Gurston McDonald.

McDonald lives just down the road from where a fire ripped through several acres of grass and forest, stopping just a few feet shy of a natural gas substation.

“All these gas lines coming through is a great concern,” added McDonald.

Simpson County EOC Director Glen Jennings said at least three fires broke out Thursday afternoon. However, the one off the highway posed the biggest danger to neighboring residents. Containing it also remained a challenge, because forestry officials can’t dig a fire line when there’s a gas line underneath.

“We don’t push on these gas lines. We just let it go, try to control it by water or some other means,” said Ben Vanderford with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. “We never know how deep those lines are, when we’re out there plowing these fire lines. These lines may be five or six feet under the ground, they might be five or six inches under the ground.”

And as night fell, flames spread again toward the substation, this time from a patch of trees about 200 feet away, with no fire line to stop it.