Tag Archives: Aviation

Washington Firefighters Beg Hobbyists to Keep Drones Away from Wildfires

Drones were spotted over the Deep North Fire and the Cox Valley Fire CHAD SOKOL, Spokesman Review The Deep North fire was about 30 percent contained as of Friday afternoon. Crews had stopped it from spreading downhill toward homes and ...

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Scientists Concerned Wildfire Retardant is Harmful to Aquatic Life

Studies find chemicals in fire retardant are harmful to fish and frogs STEVE SCAUZILLO and DAVID DOWNEY, The Press Enterprise The five hillside homes in Stevenson Ranch resemble the board game Candyland. Brown roofs were turned bright pink. Green shrubs ...

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Interior Department Launches National Drone Interference System

Feds start pilot program using smartphone apps to alert fliers of restrictions KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The first national system intended to prevent hobby drones from interfering with planes and helicopters fighting wildfires has launched, federal ...

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Russian Wildfire Tanker Crashes during Forest Fire

Crew of 10 were killed when their Il-76 went down in Irkutsk   MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Emergencies Ministry says one of its firefighting planes with a crew of 10 is missing in Siberia. The ministry said the Il-76 plane ...

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Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts at Utah Wildfire

Officials say drones halted aircraft operations at Saddle Fire   PAMELA MANSON, The Salt Lake Tribune Efforts to fight the Saddle Fire in southern Utah have been hampered by the public using drones in the area, fire officials said Sunday. ...

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Working with Aircraft

The application and tactical benefits of rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft   TODD MCNEAL | From the April 2016 Issue of FireRescue Magazine As the wildland fire conditions continue to increase in intensity each year throughout the West, wildland firefighters have ...

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Global Supertanker Arrives in Colorado

Boeing 747-400 can carry 19,400 gallons   The nation’s largest firefighting aircraft is ready to call Colorado Springs home. Global SuperTanker Services LLC company CEO and founder Jim Wheeler, brought the Boeing 747-400 to Colorado Springs Airport on Tuesday ahead ...

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Oklahoma Forestry Officials Give Warning to Drone Operators

Officials say three incidents have already occurred in past months OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say the operators of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, should avoid flying near or over wildfires. State Forester Georg Geissler ...

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Utah Bill to Ban Drones near Wildfires Gains Progress

House passed bill to ground drones and sent to Senate The Salt Lake Tribune The Utah House voted Monday to ground unmanned aerial drones that interfere with fighting wildfires. It passed HB126 on a 66-7 vote, and sent it to ...

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