New Mexico Wildfire: #UteParkFire Size Increases | 4

EAGLES NEST, New Mex. – A wildfire that started on Thursday, May 31, 2018, around 1410 hours MDT is burning near Ute Park.

LOCATION

A fire was reportedly burning on the Philmont Scout Ranch property near Ute Park on May 31, 2018 around 1410 hours MDT.

The fire is  burning on private land off of (burning on both sides of) Highway 64 and 1 mile east of in Ute Park, as well as 15 miles south of Eagle Nest, New Mexico (northeast portion of) in the New Mexico Forestry in the Cimarron District area.

It is unknown if this was where the ignition point or the original location of the fire was.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

RESOURCES

Hotshot Crew transports

Hotshot crew transports. Photo Credit | Cimarron District

 Another shift in staffing and equipment has been implemented with the following:

  • 511 personnel
  • 10 crews
  • 32 engines
  • 7 helicopters
  • 8 dozers

INCIDENT PARTNERS

Engine crewmembering gearing up for the day

Engine crew gearing up for the day. Photo Credit | Cimarron District

SWCC, Colfax County, NM Fire Info, Angel FD, NM Environmental Public Health Tracking – EPHT, Ute Park Fire, NM DOT, Angel Fire Resort, Philmont Scout Ranch (Boy Scouts of America), Red Cross, Colfax County EM and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Inc., NM State Forestry, Cimarron District, Sandoval County Fire, FEMA, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping Support), Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center and Colfax County Government.

CURRENT STATUS

  • Active fire behavior with uphill runs, torching, short-range spotting
  • 14 structures have been lost
  • $1.5 Million cost-to-date
  • Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for Ute Park
  • Fire has not moved further north
  • The fire can be seen usually from the north at the summit from the Angel Fire Resort but not today due to rain
  • 31,930 acres of grass, pinyon juniper and mixed conifer have been destroyed
  • 0% containment

Fire Mapping:

Map Photo Credit | Joseph Elfel (@MappingSupport)

Fire Tactics:

  • Structure protection (dozer line) around Ute Park
  • Firefighters continue to reduce fuels around structures
  • Firefighters are also setting up sprinkler systems
  • Burning operations continue to help protect Cimarron (eastern/souther flanks)
  • Working to securing control lines, conducting mop-up operations
  • Fire has been slowed by the burn scar of the 2002 Ponil Fire (north flank)

Weather:

  • Severe thunderstorms are expected through the area on Sunday
  • Up to 1″ of rain and 30 mph winds from the south are expected around noon MDT
  • Flash flooding is imminent
  • Rain may help on a temporary basis but fire conditions are expected to return
  • Firefighters are ready to deploy for any new starts from lightning occur

CLOSURES

Roadways:

  • US 64 closed from eastbound and westbound from mile marker 285 before Cimarron to mile marker 344 at Eagle Nest
  • NM 204 is closed northbound and southbound from mile marker 0 to mile marker 10
  • NM 21 is closed eastbound and westbound from mile marker 0 at Cimarron to mile marker 34 at Philmont
  • NM 58 is closed eastbound and westbound from mile marker 0 at Cimarron to mile marker 18
  • Cimarron State Park is closed
  • Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open but Lake is closed for firefighting helicopters drawing water as a resource

SHELTERS

Red Cross Shelters:

  • Raton Convention Center – 9015 S 3rd Street, Raton. (Located on east side of the fire)
  • Eagle Nest Senior Center – 74 N Tomboy Drive, Eagle Nest.

Animals:

  • The Pet Pals Dog Boarding Kennel is offer shelter for anyone involved in the Fire.  Info here –> eaglenestdogboarding.com

ALERTS

Alert Notifications:

  • Email Alert Notifications – http://state.us5.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=acd822eb860d4f1f039ccb48f&id=4750f58481

East of Angel Fire. Photo taken on May 31, 2018 when it was at 4K+ acres. Photo Credit | AIDC

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

#UteParkFire #UtePark #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/3/2018 @ 1030 hours PDT / 1130 hours MDT

New Mexico Wildfire: #UteParkFire is a Firestorm | 3

EAGLES NEST, New Mex. – A wildfire that started on Thursday, May 31, 2018, ) has grown from 16,500 acres on Friday, June 1, 2018 has now been categorized by us as a Firestorm.  The wildfire has reached an official number of 27,290 acres of timber and chaparral.

There is still a 0% containment.

LOCATION

A fire was reportedly burning on the Philmont Scout Ranch property near Ute Park on May 31, 2018 around 1410 hours MDT.

The fire can be seen from the north at the summit from the Angel Fire Resort.

Photo Credit | Angel Fire Resort

The fire is  burning on private land off of (burning on both sides of) Highway 64 and 1 mile east of in Ute Park, as well as 15 miles south of Eagle Nest, New Mexico (northeast portion of) in the New Mexico Forestry in the Cimarron District area.

It is unknown if this was where the ignition point or the original location of the fire.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

RESOURCES

Hotshot Crew transports

Roosevelt Hotshots | Photo Credit: Cimarron District

 Resources have been increased from Friday’s 130 personnel to 447 personnel along with 10 crews, 8 helicopters, 24 engines, 8 bulldozers and 2 water tenders.

INCIDENT PARTNERS

SWCC, Colfax County, NM Fire Info, Angel FD, NM Environmental Public Health Tracking – EPHT, Ute Park Fire, NM DOT, Angel Fire Resort, Philmont Scout Ranch (Boy Scouts of America), Red Cross, Colfax County EM and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Inc., NM State Forestry, Cimarron District, Sandoval County Fire, FEMA, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping Support) and Colfax County Government.

CURRENT STATUS

Moonrise over Fire area at 0600 MDT. Photo Credit | Albuquerque Interagency Dispatch Center

Fire Tactics:

  • Fire Managers used the favorable fire weather conditions to actively conduct a burn out operation between SR 204 and Highway 64 to help with structure protection of buildings in the Cimarron area.
  • North side of fire:  a hotshot crew willing be searching for containment and protection opportunities in the Gobble Gulch area.
  • East side of fire:  2 hotshot crews, engines and water tenders will be providing structure protection in the Cimarron area as needed and safely can be completed.
  • South side of fire:  3 hotshot crews and engines are assessing and providing structure protection in the Webster Lake and Philmont Scout Camp areas.

Incident Mapping:

Photo Credit | Inciweb

Photo Credit/Mapping Expert | Joseph Elfelt (@MappingSupport) as of 0506 MDT

Weather:

  • Winds are currently forecasted to increase and shift from the northeast, east and southeast throughout the day.
  • Fire behavior is active, crowning which is burning through tree tops, is wind-driven and is expected to have long-range spotting.
  • An expected thunderstorm is due to hit the fire area with large hail, high winds along with heavy rain on Sunday into the night on June 3, 2018.  Flash flooding is of concern.
  • Fire Officials know that this weather may limit fire activity but are expecting the fire behavior to return.

Threats:

Damage Assessments:

  • 12-14 outbuildings burned on the Philmont Scout Ranch.
  • $3,000,000 Cost-to-Date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

CLOSURES

Roadways:

  • Highway 64 between Eagle Nest and the Junction with SR 55
  • Highway 21 from Springer to Cimarron
  • SR 58 from I-25 to Cimarron
  • Roadway reports:  http://nmroads.com/ or Call *511

Parks:

  • Cimarron State Park
  • Lake inside Eagle Nest Lake State Park for helicopter firefighting efforts.  Ute Park is open.

SHELTERS

County Fairgrounds:

  • Nearly 1,100 Philmont Scout Ranch staff members moved their operations to this new location after poor air quality made it unsafe for them.

Red Cross Shelter:

  • Raton Convention Center – 9015 S 3rd Street, Raton. (Located on east side of the fire)
  • Eagle Nest Senior Center – 74 N Tomboy Drive, Eagle Nest.

Animals:

  • The Pet Pals Dog Boarding Kennel is offer shelter for anyone involved in the Fire.  Info here –> eaglenestdogboarding.com

ALERTS

Alert Notifications:

  • Email Alert Notifications – http://state.us5.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=acd822eb860d4f1f039ccb48f&id=4750f58481

ABOUT UTE PARK

Ute Park is an unincorporated community in Colfax that lies on US Route 64 between Cimarron and Eagle Nest, just east of Cimarron Canyon State Park.  At the census count on record (2010), there was a population of 71.

NEARBY TOWNS

Cimarron:

Downtown  Cimarron

Downtown Cimarron. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

The town of Cimarron has a population of 800 with main industries that include lumbering, ranching and tourism.  It sits on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.   It also sits on the Cimarron River, a tributary to the 900-mile long Canadian River whose headwaters are at the Eagle Nest Dam with the main part of the town lying along US Route 64.

It is surrounded on all sides by numerous ranches, including the the Philmont Scout Ranch, known as an extensive “high-adventure base” that is operated by the Boy Scouts of America.  The ranch is located 4 miles from Cimarron.

Springer:

Downtown Springer (2008)

Downtown Springer in 2008. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Springer is a town that is about 25 miles southeast to the Ranch with a population of 2,000 residents.  It is located in the southern portion of the Colfax County and located in the valley of the Cimarron River, about 6 miles west of where the river flows into the Canadian River.

Eagle Nest:

Eagle Nest.JPG

Downtown Eagle Nest. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Eagle Nest is a village located in Colfax County with a population of 290 (2010 census) that is situated on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway that is a summer-home and resort area.  It is located in northern New Mexico near the Colorado state line.

Raton:

Downtown Raton (2010)

Downton Raton in 2010. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

The largest of all of the nearby towns boasts a population of 7,000, is located 20 miles west of the Ranch on I-25 is the county seat in the northeastern section of Colfax County, New Mexico.  It is located just south of Raton Pass.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags:

#UteParkFire #UtePark #NMwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/2/2018 @ 1650 hours PDT / 1750 hours MDT

New Mexico Wildfire: #UteParkFire Implodes | 2

UPDATE | 2115 hours PDT.

EAGLES NEST, New Mex. – A new wildfire started on Thursday, May 31, 2018, around 1116 hours MDT (1216 PDT) has now imploded with acreage originally reported at varying numbers from 100 to 2200 to 3900 being scorched from various sources.

The last official word we heard was 2,200 acres. That was on Thursday, May 31st.  Today is June 1st and it is a completely story.

LOCATION

A fire was reportedly burning on the Philmont Scout Ranch property near Ute Park.  (May 31, 2018).  There were no participants.  All staff at that time were accounted for.

North view at Summit | Photo Credit: Angel Fire Resort

The fire is said to be burning on private land off of (burning on both sides of) Highway 64 and 1 mile east of in Ute Park, as well as 15 miles south of Eagles Nest, New Mexico (northeast portion of).  It is unknown if this was where the ignition point where the fire first started.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

RESOURCES

 130 personnel are assigned to this incident.

The following resources were dispatched on May 31, 2018:

Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 6962R
Fixed Wing – Air Tactical FIXED WING – AIR TACTICAL – N261GB
Team – Buying Pending
Team – Type 1 Long TEAM – IMT – T1 – TEAM 1 – DAY
Helicopter – Type 2 Standard HELICOPTER – T2S – 669H
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard Pending
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard HELICOPTER – T3S – 350VR
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard Pending
Helicopter – Type 3 Standard HELICOPTER – T3S – 406PJ
Crew – Type 1 CREW – T1 – NMCIF – MT. TAYLOR IHC
Fixed Wing – Leadplane FIXED WING – LEADPLANE/ASM – N741JR – B200GT
Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 803PJ
Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 947CH
Crew – Type 2 CREW – T2 – NMN6S – IWC #705 – 12 PERSON
Crew – Type 2 CREW – T2 – NMN6S – IWC #702 – 12 PERSON
Fixed Wing – Air Tactical FIXED WING – AIR TACTICAL – N775DM
Team – Type 3 TEAM – IMT – T3 – NORTHERN NM
Helicopter – Type 1 Limited HELICOPTER – T1L – 471CH
Fixed Wing – Air Tactical FIXED WING – AIR TACTICAL – N32WS – AA05
Crew – Type 1 CREW – T1 – Carson Hotshots IHC
Airtanker – Type 1 or 2 AIRTANKER – T1 – 167 – RJ85
Airtanker – Type 1 or 2 AIRTANKER – T1 – 03 – BAE-146
Airtanker – VLAT AIRTANKER – VLAT – 911 – DC-10
Airtanker – VLAT AIRTANKER – VLAT – 910 – DC-10
Fixed Wing – Lead plane FIXED WING – LEADPLANE/ASM – N6300F – KA200

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

SWCC, Colfax County, NM Fire Info, Angel FD, NM Environmental Public Health Tracking – EPHT, Ute Park Fire, NM DOT, Angel Fire Resort, Philmont Scout Ranch (Boy Scouts of America), Red Cross, Colfax County EM and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Inc., NM State Forestry, Sandoval County Fire, FEMA and Colfax County Government.

Fire Management Assistance Grants: to prevent a wildfire from becoming a major disaster. State requests assistance at threat of major disaster. FEMA regional office evaluates request with technical assessment from Dept. of Interior Advisor. Fire Management Assistance Grant declared. Grant covers: personnel,staffing, equipment,supplies, meals, health,safety items, pre-positioning resources, & emergency work.

Photo Credit: FEMA

FEMA has approved a fire management grant for this fire.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire officials say fire behavior is extreme, torching, running and with a high rate of spread.  The official word is that there has been a total of 16,500 acres of timber (with grass and understory) destroyed. There is a 0% containment status.

Fire behavior is active and has a high rate of spread.

Ute Park Fire Photo credit NM State Forestry

Photo Credit: NM State Forestry

There are at least 296 structures under direct threat.  12 non-residential and unoccupied structures at Cimarroncita have been lost.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Kit Carson Telecoms Cellular:  “Customers are experiencing outages in the region.  A main fiber optic lines comes through Ute Park.  Though service has redundant lines, it is experiencing ongoing problems in shifting traffic. 

CLOSURES

The NM DOT agency has closed US 64 east and westbound lanes from mile marker 285 to 309, which is Eagle Nest to Cimarron.

Cimarron Canyon State Park and roadways are closed to allow access for fire resources.

East Nest Lake is closed due to fire air resources are using to dip out of the lake as a water resource.  The Park is however, open.

Highway 64 is still closed between Eagle Nest Lake.

SR 204 is closed at Cimarron.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for Ute Park and the Village of Cimarron communities.

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Staff preparing to evacuate. | Photo Credit: Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch staff are currently in the process of evacuating to Colfax County Fairgrounds due to air quality. (as of 1545 MDT)

SHELTERS

Two American Red Cross evacuation shelters are located at Eagle Nest Senior Center, 74 N Tomboy Drive in Eagle Nest, NM and at the Raton Convention Center located at 901 S 3rd Street, Raton. (These are the only ones listed by Fire Officials)

The Pet Pals Dog Boarding Kennel is offer shelter for anyone involved in the Fire.  Info here –> eaglenestdogboarding.com

FIRE WEATHER

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque (New Mexico) put out a summary of today’s weather and what is being forecasted over the weekend.

“From 3% humidity values today to a 60% change or higher of showers and thunderstorms this Sunday in and near the (Fire). Potential for flash flooding, severe storms in 48 hours.” 

SOCIAL MEDIA

“Town of Cimarron has at least 15 buildings on the Federal National Historic Places list, including the Saint James Hotel built in 1872 by Lincoln’s personal chef and host to Wyatt Earp, Jesse James etc.”

“Flames observed moving dangerously close to Cimarron.”

“Smoke can be seen in southeast Colorado from the top of Pikes Peak.”

When #EveryDayHeroes appear for those who need them the most.  #AngelFireResort released a presser:  “Any residents affected by the Ute Park fire are welcome to stay at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge for no cost. RV Resort, Private Condos and homes are also available for discounted rates. Please call 575-377-4365 for more info. “

“As of 1400 hours today, the (fire) more than doubled in size – in a matter of 6 hours.  We’re in a record drought.”

“There is a drought near my hometown of Taos. “

Flames are really coming into town now and over the crest. The winds are picking up.” Seen from Scents West, Cimarron Candles.

“On Friday, a plane will likely fly over the (fire) with infrared sensing gear. Data will be analyzed by Fire personnel and a series of maps will be prepared for usage by crews on Saturday.”

“Smoke reported in Trinidad and surrounding areas, which is roughly 50 miles southwest.”

HASHTAGS

Hashtags being used for this wildfire are #NMFire #UteParkFire #NMwildfire2018 #nmwx

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Apparatus

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APPARATUS

A term usually used by firefighters describing a department vehicle
(i.e. fire engine).

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A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressant from the air over the fire ground.

Air tanker on the Thomas Fire in December 2017 (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Alpha Type 1 Engine:  A vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression.

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

C

Command Staff:  The Command Staff consists of the Information Officer, Safety Officer and Liasion Officer.  They report directly to the Incident Command and may have Assistants.

D

Drip Torch:  Hand-held device for igniting fires by dripping flaming liquid fuel on the materials to be burned; consists of a fuel fount, burner arm, and igniter.  Fuel used is generally a mixture of diesel and gasoline.”

The Drip Torch “tool” (Credit: Dept of Interior Wildfire)

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Command Staff

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COMMAND STAFF

The Command Staff consists of the Information Officer, Safety Officer and Liasion Officer.  They report directly to the Incident Command and may have Assistants.

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A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressant from the air over the fire ground.

Air tanker on the Thomas Fire in December 2017 (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Alpha Type 1 Engine:  A vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression.

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

D

Drip Torch:  Hand-held device for igniting fires by dripping flaming liquid fuel on the materials to be burned; consists of a fuel fount, burner arm, and igniter.  Fuel used is generally a mixture of diesel and gasoline.”

The Drip Torch “tool” (Credit: Dept of Interior Wildfire)

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Drip Torch

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DRIP TORCH

“Hand-held device for igniting fires by dripping flaming liquid fuel on the materials to be burned; consists of a fuel fount, burner arm, and igniter.  Fuel used is generally a mixture of diesel and gasoline.”

The Drip Torch “tool” (Credit: Dept of Interior Wildfire)

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A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressant from the air over the fire ground.

Air tanker on the Thomas Fire in December 2017 (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Alpha Type 1 Engine:  A vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression.

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Hand Line

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HANDLINE

A fireline built with hand tools.

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A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.

Air tanker on the Thomas Fire in December 2017 (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Alpha Type 1 Engine:  A vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression.

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Alpha Type 1 Engine

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Alpha Type 1 Engine

An Alpha Type 1 Engine is a vehicle with a 1000 GPM and a 400 gallon tank, staffed with 4 personnel.

# # #

A

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground. 

B

Bambi Bucket:  A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression. 

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Bambi Bucket

Fire terminology is used throughout the Fire Service and we thought we’d get you all up to speed with each word and their definition.  See that we are missing one on the list? Please let us know! 

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Bambi Bucket

A collapsible bucket slung underneath a helicopter. Used to dip water from a variety of sources for fire suppression. (Source: NWCG)

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Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Attack:  An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

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