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2014-10-14 08:22:05

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Members of the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) are extending their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, who died in the crash of an airtanker in the line of duty, on Wednesday, October 8. A long-time contract pilot for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE), Hunt had been piloting a CALFIRE-operated Grumman S-2T, dropping...

2014-09-25 16:22:09

Utility Provides $5.5 Million to Local Fire Safe Councils SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As thousands of firefighters battle extreme fire conditions fueled by near-record drought across California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) responded today announcing $5.5 million to local Fire Safe Councils. The effort is a private, public and community partnership aimed at preventing even more fires from sparking during the traditional September-October peak of...

2014-09-24 12:21:44

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighters have continued to battle a record number and sizes of wildland fires in California, as drought and high temperatures persist with little to no relief in sight. Of the seven major wildfires still uncontained in California, the King Fire, which has burned 82,000 acres over 130 square miles in the El Dorado National Forest--just east of Sacramento--since Friday, September 12, is the most destructive, and remains just...

2014-09-17 12:22:54

SDG&E, UCLA helped to develop Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U. S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Forest Service, in collaboration with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and UCLA, today unveiled a new web-based tool to classify the fire threat potential of a weather phenomenon unique to Southern California - the powerful, hot, dry Santa Ana winds that can turn a spark into an inferno. The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which...

2014-09-12 12:20:55

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fixed wing air tanker and helicopter operators are helping firefighters get the upper hand on a massive fire which has been burning for the past month in the Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border. Known as the Happy Camp Complex fire, the lightning-sparked conflagration has torched nearly 100,000 acres and is currently just 30 percent contained. "Of our 10 tankers working right now throughout California and...

2014-08-25 08:21:22

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In what appears to be a record-setting year for wildland fires in the West, aerial firefighters are battling more wildfires in the Pacific Northwest states, and deploying their aircraft and crews accordingly. For example, CHI Aviation has spent more time on wildfires in Washington State compared to previous years, according to Larry Kelley, the operator's Director of Fire Operations in Boise, Idaho. In that regard, the company's...

2014-08-13 20:21:50

As wildfires rage statewide, Fire Protection Group, Inc. continues to be a leading resource for concerned property managers and owners LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 2(nd), Governor Jerry Brown announced that California is officially in a state of emergency due to the danger posed by more than a dozen wildfires. At the same time, Fire Protection Group, Inc. has seen an increase in interest in fire safety upgrades. It's easy to see why. In the first week of the...

2014-07-31 08:22:46

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) applauds the governors of California, Oregon and Washington for their support of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014 (S. 1875 and H.R. 3992). That support, indicated in a letter signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown of California, Governor John A. Kitzhaber of Oregon, and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, was sent to their States' Congressional...

2014-07-24 12:22:02

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The aerial firefighting industry has deployed a significant number of aircraft and support personnel to the Pacific Northwest, as wildland fires have raged throughout Oregon and Washington. The surge of activity includes extensive operations on the Carlton Complex fire, which has so far burned over 243,000 acres, and is considered Washington's largest fire to date. "Fires of this intensity usually do not happen in the Pacific...

2014-07-17 08:21:41

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In what has already been declared a record year for wild land fires in California, private operators of air tankers and helicopters have provided invaluable assistance to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), one of the few state fire protection agencies that operates its own fleet of air assets. According to just-released CAL FIRE data, 2,990 fires erupted in the state between January 1, and July 7,...


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