Review of the smoke season of fires 2022

It’s the end of October, and while there are still some active fires, it looks like the rain is here to stay. We wanted to review the most recent smoke events and put this bushfire season in context compared to previous years. Air Monitoring Ecology coordinator Jill Schulte compiled these useful maps to look at […]

Nearly half of a small Missouri town burned down on Saturday – Wildfire Today

Wooldridge Fire, October 22, 2022. Photo by Cooper County Fire Protection A wildfire burned about half of the small town of Wooldridge, Missouri, on Saturday. The fire started from a harvester that was harvesting crops and spread through the city, driven by winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with low relative humidity. Authorities […]

Fire on Easter Island destroys famous statues – Wildfire Today

A massive fire on Easter Island destroys the famous statues. Picture of Municipalidad de Rapu Nui. Nearly 80 of Easter Island’s famous stone figures were damaged by a massive fire on October 5, local authorities said. The statues, known as moi and ranging in size from 6 to more than 30 feet, were affected by […]

Drones play an increasingly important role in fighting wildfires – Wildfire Today

UAS crew contracted with integrated precision programs/Overwatch Aero — Tyler Kock, Daniel Rodriguez, and Cliff Savage — at the fire lighting complex. US Forest Service photo by Andrew Avit. FVR-90, N170WA. Written by Andrew Avit, US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region Drones — also called UAS or unmanned aerial systems — are playing an increasingly […]

High pressure trapped smoke, its effects over the weekend

A warm, stable air mass stuck in place over Washington Mid-level hills are firmly anchored over Washington for the next 5-7 days, providing warm temperatures, clear skies, and light winds for nearly the entire state. When we get patterns with very little wind associated with it, the daily wind patterns are dictated by the terrain. […]

60 Minutes investigate the initial attack on Caldor Fire – Wildfire Today

Kaldor Fire last year and the community he’s been hit hard by, Grizzly Flats, have been in the news recently. The most recent is an article that aired on CBS’ 60 Minutes yesterday (see video below) About the fire southwest of Lake Tahoe, California. On August 16, Radio Cap wrote about a fuel processing program […]

Bovee Fire demands the evacuation of Halsey, Nebraska – Wildfire Today

Several buildings were reported to have been destroyed in the 4-H . camp Map of Bovee Fire 7:30 p.m. October 2, 2022. Bovee Fire prompted the evacuation of the Halsey community in central Nebraska. After it was announced Sunday at 1:38pm CST, it spread north very quickly. When the fire was mapped at 7:30 p.m., […]

Potential shifts to wildfires in the south central states – Wildfire Today

The forecast for potential wildfires released October 1 by the National Interagency Fire Center projected that the potential for wildfires would shift to the south central United States over the next several months. Most of California has received more than the average amount of rain recently. However, some mountainous areas of Southern California haven’t received […]