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2014-03-12 12:22:05

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the approach of spring and increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, federal grants are now available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. "Warming temperatures, sunny days and strong winds soon will usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the value of having well-trained and well-equipped local firefighting...

2014-01-21 08:20:47

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With a declared drought and record high winter temperatures driving an early fire season in California, operators of fixed wing air tankers and water-dropping helicopters are moving aircraft and crews into Southern California at a nearly unprecedented time of the year. "This is probably the earliest start to the fire season in California that I have seen," said Larry Kelley, the Boise, Idaho-based Director of Fire Operations for CHI...

2014-01-08 12:20:29

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With a record-breaking year for low rainfall in California, aerial firefighters are on alert during what has historically been a post-fire season period for the drought-plagued state. Indicative of the seriousness of the extremely high fire danger right now, Rogers Helicopters received an exclusive use contract extension from the US Forest Service (USFS) for one of its Bell 212 helicopters, according to Robin Rogers, the...

2013-12-18 16:20:08

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighters have quickly deployed helicopters to California's scenic Big Sur coastline to contain a stubborn wildfire burning since Sunday, December 15 in the nearby Los Padres National Forest. The Pfeiffer Fire, which has destroyed over 550 acres and 15 homes, is happening during what is normally the close of the California fire season. "This is unusually late in the season for us to activate a helicopter to...

2013-11-25 16:21:11

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) announces its support of the Fallen Wildland Firefighters Fair Compensation Act of 2013, as introduced by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. Under the proposed legislation, the surviving spouses and children of fallen aerial and ground wildland firefighters, working under contract to the US Forest Service (USFS), agencies of the Department Of The Interior, or...

2013-08-29 12:20:46

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In support of crews on the ground, privately operated aerial firefighting companies in the western US were among the first to deploy aircraft to the massive Rim fire in California's Tuolumne County. The fire, which has been active since August 17, is the biggest, currently active wildland fire in the United States, and one of the largest ever in California. Now just over 20 percent contained, it has destroyed over 184,000 acres, and...

2013-08-19 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As wildland fires rage across nine far western States in the Continental US, airtanker and helicopter operators are continuing to support ground-based fire fighters, despite heavy demand for aerial assets. "We have every available aircraft under USFS exclusive use contract working on--or prepared to deploy--to a fire," said Ron Hooper, Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Aviation Services in Missoula, Montana. The company's fleet under...

2013-08-13 16:20:26

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Rapid response from the aerial firefighting community in the Far West helped to speed containment of one of Southern California's most devastating wildland fires, which broke out near Banning in Riverside County on August 7. The Silver Fire, as it is known, sent heavy smoke into the close by Palm Springs area, burned nearly 20,300 acres, and destroyed 48 structures, including 26 residences, as of Monday, August 12, when containment...

2013-07-31 23:37:12

As the US Wildfire Season seems to grow more intense each year, All Hands Fire Equipment is releasing wild fire prevention and safety tips for those in affected areas. Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) July 31, 2013 According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the United States is presently at Preparedness Level 3. This means that two or more regions in the US are experiencing wildland fires or prescribed fire activities that require a major commitment of national resources. There are five...

2013-07-02 12:20:17

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighters have expressed their condolences to the families of the 19 members of an elite firefighting team which perished on Sunday, June 30, while battling a major wildland fire in Arizona. "The men and women of the nation's aerial firefighting industry want to express their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those who lost their lives combating one of the most destructive fires in US history," said Tom...