More Fire Articles

  • Black Forest fire chief's status remains muddled although board hasn't heard from Harvey in 11 weeks

    BY Lisa Walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey has not officially resigned, but his actions, including his refusal to communicate with the board, have amounted to a public resignation, fire district board members said Wednesday night. At its monthly meeting, the Black Forest Fire Rescue...

  • Calif. wildfires: Some 
evacuees return home

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    OAKHURST, Calif. - Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, revising earlier estimates that it...

  • Bear cub burned in Washington wildfire recovering

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A black-bear cub burned in a devastating Washington state wildfire is making a slow recovery at a California wildlife center. The cub, named Cinder, still has third-degree burns on her paws that require new bandages every other day, and she's still on pain...

  • New planes could have helped firefighters locate Waldo Canyon fire before it grew

    By RYAN HANDY Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    On the searing-hot morning of June 23, 2012, Chris Como and his wife were hiking on Waldo Canyon trail when they saw a puff of smoke. "I guess it was around noon, and my wife was looking over my shoulder," Como recalled two years later. She thought she saw something; he saw nothing....

  • Technology will make mapping fires more timely, accurate

    By RYAN HANDY Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    When he thinks of fire maps, fire researcher Phil Riggan thinks of a story. In it, a Western governor grappling with a catastrophic wildfire asks a firefighter to show him where the fire is. The firefighter points to a map, a classic firefighting tool put together every 12 hours with...

  • 'A game-changer:' PC-12s put Colorado firefighters ahead of the curve

    By RYAN HANDY Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    State officials closed the deal last week to add two rare multimission aircraft to Colorado's Firefighting Air Corps, a move that will usher in a new age of tech-savvy firefighting. The two PC-12s will be equipped with remote sensing thermal technology designed to see through smoke,...

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