Cal Fire TV

It turns out that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has produced a series of videos they call Cal Fire TV. Here are a few of them.

Getting air tankers ready for the fire season.
Cal Fire firefighters receive the Medal of Valor (Dec. 14, 2009)

Defensible Space Public Service Announcement (May 4, 2009)


Other videos include:
Cal Fire Inspects for Defensible Space

Cal Fire Readies its Seasonal Firefighting Force

Congratulations to Cal Fire for these excellent videos.

I found it interesting that the narration for each of the three videos that are embedded above begins with the words “Every day…” or “Every summer…” But they never expected that these three, produced months apart, would be assembled as a group and viewed consecutively.


And while we are on the subject of videos, here is one that has NOTHING to do with wildfire. It was shot by Ana Marie Cox, a contributor for Air America and a frequent commentator on news and political shows, including the Rachel Maddow show. It features “bad camera work” and her dog Skeeter, who is enjoying his first snow in the Washington D.C. area. I think Skeeter is about 7-8 months old. The video was probably shot with an iPhone.

Before you watch it, consider yourself warned that Jake Tapper, who may be Ana’s friend Jake Tapper the ABC news correspondent, left the following comment on You Tube about the video:

I just accidentally watched this entire video. Do not make the same mistake I did.

Night-flying poll

The recent announcement by Tom Harbor of the U.S. Forest Service that they will consider re-establishing a night-flying program for firefighting helicopters brings to mind last year when we took up the issue here. At that time the topic was being discussed because the San Diego County Board of Supervisors was considering night-flying for their fire helicopters. In July of 2008 Wildfire Today conducted a poll, asking:

“Should helicopters fight fire at night?”

At the close of the poll 231 people had voted. The results were:

Yes: 39.8%

No: 51.9%

Don’t Know: 8.2%

Poll helicopters night flying July 2008