News

Market Tumult Threatens PG&E Deal with Wildfire Victims

Half the promised payments to be made in PG&E stock     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers who negotiated a crucial $13.5 billion deal for the victims of deadly wildfires caused by Pacific Gas ...

Read More »

Containment Progress on North Carolina Wildfires

Both fires began on private property     ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal and North Carolina firefighters have made progress containing two wildfires in western North Carolina, the U.S. Forest Service said on Sunday. The Camp Daniel Boone fire in ...

Read More »

Firefighters in Ukraine Battle Wildfire Near Chernobyl

Radiation levels in the fire area exceed normal levels     KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that has raised radiation ...

Read More »

Firefighters Work to Contain North Carolina Wildfires

Helicopters and tankers made multiple water drops     ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters kept working on Saturday to slow the spread of western North Carolina wildfires that have spread due to high winds, the U.S. Forest Service said. A ...

Read More »

Another Member of California Fire Panel Resigns, Criticizes Utility Plan

Gowins resigned so she can publicly lambaste the $13.5B settlement     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The former chief financial officer for a Northern California city destroyed in a 2018 wildfire caused by Pacific ...

Read More »

Pandemic Hurts Ability of Nations to Face Natural Disasters

U.S. Forest Service has canceled its planned seasonal burns     By NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Before New Zealand began its four-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, a reporter asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern what ...

Read More »

Videos: Thousands of Rental Cars Destroyed in Fire Near Florida Airport

Massive fire in Lee County, Florida   FORT MYERS, Florida  –  A large fire destroyed thousands of vehicles at a rental car overflow area at the Southwest Florida International Airport in Lee County on Friday, according to CBS Miami. Firefighters ...

Read More »

Traditional Fire Organizations and WUI Firefighting

Without infrastructure, WUI doesn’t exist   By Alex Rivera, FireRescue Magazine Issue 6 | Volume 1 In my short 17-year fire career, I have had the experience of operating on many wildland/urban interface (WUI) incidents that have tested the most ...

Read More »

Mapping the WUI

Determine the values at risk and where they’re located     By Tim Ryan, FireRescue Magazine Issue 6 | Volume 8 As we all know, situational awareness (SA) is a key factor in firefighter safety. Accident investigators often find that ...

Read More »

Dry Conditions, Wind, Contributed to Fatal China Wildfire

18 firefighters and guide killed in blaze     BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials say dry conditions, high temperatures and a sudden change in wind direction all contributed to the deaths of 19 people in a forest fire in mountainous ...

Read More »