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post #1 of 10 Old 06-30-2008, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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More Nor Cal fires

We have approximately 156 fires around Redding right now. Things are so bad that more than 40 of those fires have no one fighting them.

There are almost 400 fires within an hour of Redding.

Good luck to those of you who live in the area. If you've made it through the past week, the worst is over for now.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-30-2008, 07:38 PM
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I can't imagine, the smoke here was terrible, being up there, must really suck.
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I can't imagine, the smoke here was terrible, being up there, must really suck.
Visibility was down to about 500-750 feet up until a day or two ago.

Things are so bad around here, that they don't even have the personnel to log the fires in InciWeb, which is the national fire information website.

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We were in Reno last week, even they were smoked out pretty bad.

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our paper says 1,420 fires are burning across CA right now. No, that's not a mistype. 1,420.

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our paper says 1,420 fires are burning across CA right now. No, that's not a mistype. 1,420.
One third of those are up here. There is a really bad one outside Big Sur that is way out of control too. That's why we don't have anyone up here to fight them.

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One third of those are up here. There is a really bad one outside Big Sur that is way out of control too. That's why we don't have anyone up here to fight them.
I planned on going to Santa Cruz for the weekend of the 19th too, hopefully it'll be cleared up by then...

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CHICO -- Four of the eight C-130 military planes adapted for firefighting that exist in the United States are using the Chico Municipal Airport as a standby area to fight fires. Possibly all eight Hercules planes, which are normally used to transport equipment and troops, will be brought to Northern California by July, said Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, senior-uniformed National Guard officer.

Two of the planes took flight Thursday, and the excitement was a welcome change. Zero flight hours were logged in Northern California Wednesday due to heavy smoke, and the five-man C-130 crews stayed on the ground because visibility was less than one mile.

"At 250 mph, it's like putting a sheet of white paper in front of your face," Collier said. "That's not worth the risk when you've got five souls on the line."

The planes do not fly unless pilots are able to see three miles into the distance, Collier said.

Two of the planes were filled with misty, powdery red flame retardant, which airmen "lovingly call slurry," said Collier. The retardant is 80-85 percent water, 10-15 percent ammonium sulfate, with red coloring so pilots can see each others' fire lines.

The planes took off about 1:45 p.m. and headed toward Whiskeytown, after airmen had waited for better visibility for 31 2 days. As of 7 a.m. Thursday, 3,500 acres had burned in Whiskeytown and the fire was 0 percent contained.

Military resources are last resort for fires, but the National Interagency Fire Center determined the lightning fires warranted use of the planes.

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CHICO -- Four of the eight C-130 military planes adapted for firefighting that exist in the United States are using the Chico Municipal Airport as a standby area to fight fires. Possibly all eight Hercules planes, which are normally used to transport equipment and troops, will be brought to Northern California by July, said Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, senior-uniformed National Guard officer.

Two of the planes took flight Thursday, and the excitement was a welcome change. Zero flight hours were logged in Northern California Wednesday due to heavy smoke, and the five-man C-130 crews stayed on the ground because visibility was less than one mile.

"At 250 mph, it's like putting a sheet of white paper in front of your face," Collier said. "That's not worth the risk when you've got five souls on the line."

The planes do not fly unless pilots are able to see three miles into the distance, Collier said.

Two of the planes were filled with misty, powdery red flame retardant, which airmen "lovingly call slurry," said Collier. The retardant is 80-85 percent water, 10-15 percent ammonium sulfate, with red coloring so pilots can see each others' fire lines.

The planes took off about 1:45 p.m. and headed toward Whiskeytown, after airmen had waited for better visibility for 31 2 days. As of 7 a.m. Thursday, 3,500 acres had burned in Whiskeytown and the fire was 0 percent contained.

Military resources are last resort for fires, but the National Interagency Fire Center determined the lightning fires warranted use of the planes.
My brother is working on the 2nd generation of the system that goes on the C-130. He works for Aero-union as a control system engineer.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-01-2008, 08:10 AM
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Hopefully they got that crap sorted out with spotters, that was ridiculous when we had the fires in So Cal.
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