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Oregon Wildfires: Militias love it, CH-47F airborne firefighter!

20 SEP 2017 /20:16 UTC-07 Tango 06 (30 Sharivar 1396/29 Dhu l-Hijja 1438/02 Ji-Yu 4715)

“We love doing this. This is our favorite part of the year!   …..We run a great risk in this, if there’s an up-draft of heat, or a down-draft, we have to be able to be ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ to keep us in the air. There’s a lot more challenge in it, risk versus reward. It’s super rewarding when we are combating open flame all day long.”-Sergeant Joseph Ford, Oregon National Guard

Oregon Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment has dropped more than 4.5-million liters (1.2-million U.S. gallons) of water using three of their new CH-47 F-model Chinooks, in the past month and a half.

“Where else can you go where you get to do this? I have the coolest job in the world! One morning I’m at my home station, and later that afternoon I’m 5-hundred-miles away, supporting a state mission and dropping buckets of water. I get a lot of satisfaction doing these state missions.”-Sergeant Jeremy Maddox

“Those Air Attack guys have been doing this often for 20-to-30 years to get to this level, they know the big picture…we can’t put the fire out completely, but what we can do is help control it, and keep it from spreading certain directions.”-Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Brannen

“There is a lot of helicopter on the Chinooks back here (behind the flight deck or cockpit), that the pilots can’t see. Our job is to paint a picture for them, a mental picture they can’t see, so they know and feel comfortable with what we’re going into. It takes a lot of trust in the back-seaters from the pilots. It’s a team effort. Without one, the job can’t be accomplished.”-Sergeant Jeremy Maddox

MONTANA, OREGON & WASHINGTON NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOY TO FIGHT WILDFIRES!

Montana, Oregon & Washington National Guard deploy to fight wildfires!

“The western fires are not stopping. They’re just getting bigger.”-James Casaus, Incident Commander

“If we don’t start managing our forests, the forests are going to start managing us. The fires burning across Montana are a catastrophe, and we need all available resources to combat this threat.”-Steve Daines, senator for Montana

On 13 SEP 2017, Montana’s Air National Guard deployed to fight at least 21 wildfires in The Treasure State.

Montana has so far spent $50-million USD in state taxpayer funding fighting fires!

NBCMontana: Wildfire update, 14 SEP 2017

On 09 SEP 2017, the Oregon National Guard continued another round of firefighting training conducted by the state Department of Public Safety.  So far five groups of Oregon National Guard personnel have gone through the training.  Oregon has so far spent 28-million state taxpayer dollars fighting 18 wildfires.

U.S. Army personnel chow down after helping to fight fires in Oregon, 10 SEP 2017

So far, the U.S. Forest Service has spent a record 2.1-billion federal tax dollars fighting wildfires across the western United States!

Video, Washington National Guard firefighting ‘mop-up’ ops 09 SEP 2017:

IDAHO CONDUCTS MASSIVE MAFFS TRAINING, IN PREPS FOR HOT WILDFIRE SEASON!

MAFFS : WILDFIRE SEASON 2018 GOING TO BE A HOT ONE!

Smoke ’em if you got ’em!: Pocatello Airport Fire Bombers are Back!

06 AUG 2017 (03:39 UTC-07 Tango 06)  15 Mordad 1396/13 Dhu l-Qa’da 1438/15 Wu-Shen 4715

The sky around eastern Idaho is socked in with smoke as the 2017-18 wildfire season roars up (I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so smokey around here, and I’ve been here 20 years).  The water bombing aircraft based at Pocatello Airport were busy during daylight; non-stop landings, reloading, take-offs, for hours on-end until dark.

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April 2017: MAFFS BOMBS IDAHO!

At the end of  2016 U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Defense warning: WILDFIRE SEASON 2018 GOING TO BE A HOT ONE!

BOISE FIRE UPDATE: CHUBBUCK ALLSTATE ALREADY HIT WITH FIRE CLAIMS!

U.S. WILDFIRES 2016: DC-10 POCATELLO AIRPORT

2015: IDAHO WILDFIRES KILL WOMAN

IDAHO’S 13+ YEARS OF DROUGHT ADD UP TO BIG ASS WILDFIRE SEASON FOR 2014!  (didn’t happen)

2013: POCATELLO, IDAHO, CHARLOTTE FIRE 2?

POCATELLO AIRPORT, 2012 IDAHO WILDFIRES: CANADAIR CL 215

IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE, 20 SEPTEMBER 2012: ANOTHER SMOKEY DAY, STILL LEADING THE NATION WITH MOST FIRES

IDAHO WILDFIRES, POCATELLO TANKER BASE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2012, SIKORSKY & USMC IN TOWN

EAST IDAHO WILDFIRE 2012: BUSY 30 MINUTES AT POCATELLO AIRPORT, AS FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT FLY INTO ACTION

POCATELLO CHARLOTTE FIRE UPDATE: 100% CONTAINED, FIREWORKS FOR 4TH OF JULY, SEED FOR REBUILDING COMMUNITY!

June 2012: POCATELLO BURNING! EVACUATIONS!

2016 Chubbuck Days mass baptism!

13 August 2016 /19:35 UTC-07 Tango 01 (24 Mordad 1395/10 Dhu I-Qa’da 1437/12 Bing-Shen 4714)

Some long time attendees of the annual Chubbuck Days at Cotant Park were wondering where the Chubbuck Fire Department was, after all it’s tradition for the Fire Department to cool down the crowd with some artificial rain.  Just like the cavalry, the Fire Department showed up at the last minute, to the excitment of all the children present (click the pics to make bigger):

Boise Fire update: 2500 acres, still burning

30 June 2016 (12:54 UTC-07 Tango 01) 10 Tir 1395/24 Ramadan 1437/26 Jia-Wu 4714

Fire investigators now consider the illegal use of fireworks as the cause of a fire that’s now burned more than 1-thousand and 12 hectares (2-thousand 5-hundred acres).

The ‘Table Rock’ fire started about midnight, near the Wild Horse subdivision, but stopped short of the Harris Ranch residential subdivision.  As soon as daylight came airstrikes were launched by water dropping helicopters, R/C drones should not be flown in the affected area.  The fire departments of Eagle, Meridian, Star and Boise, along with federal Bureau of Land Management, confronted the blaze.  The fire is 60% contained.

Boise Fire update: Chubbuck Allstate already hit with fire claims!

30 June 2016 (04:42 UTC-07 Tango 01) 10 Tir 1395/24 Ramadan 1437/26 Jia-Wu 4714

As Boise area news media confirming at least four “structures” burned, inside unnamed sources at the Allstate insurance call center, in Chubbuck, reporting to Blind Bat News that numerous claims for fire damage have already come in.

The Table Rock Fire east of boise is still burning.

Boise fire update : Victims confirm explosions!

30 June 2016 (03:36 UTC-07 Tango 01) 10 Tir 1395/24 Ramadan 1437/26 Jia-Wu 4714

“When we first woke up, there were huge flames. All the trees in the foothills right in front of us are gone, completely.”-Dawn Green, resident of East Barber Drive to KTVB

“I just heard two or three huge explosions and I’m seeing big, big billowing black smoke going into the air! I’ve seen fire crews stage on top of Table Rock for a long time, and right now that fire is moving up the hill toward Table Rock, also moving down toward the city as well.”-Carolyn Holly, former KTVB anchor who lives in the area

Reports that the Wild Horse ranch is on fire.  At least one home completely engulfed in flames, four ‘structures’ on fire. Estimated 324 hectares (800 acres) burned in the past three hours.  U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the flames are moving eastward away from homes.

Aryssa May Hutchins reports that fire fighters are defending the lighted Table Rock Cross statue.  More dry lighting strikes.

Multiple fires east of Boise, now 800 acres burned!

30 June 2016 (03:06 UTC-07 Tango 01) 10 Tir 1395/24 Ramadan 1437/26 Jia-Wu 4714

“Smoke just got really bright from the south fire.”-Aryssa May Hutchins reporting

The capital of Idaho, Boise, has seen numerous home fires and wild fires in the area since the start of June.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently declared several western Idaho counties Drought Disaster Areas.  Aryssa May Hutchins reports that it looks as if the fire has spread and split into at least two wildfires; northeast and southeast of Boise, after a dry lightning storm went through earlier.

The above pic shows the ‘northeast’ fire on the left, ‘southeast’ fire on the right.

‘Northeast’ fire spreading.

Another pic showing the fire splitting into two.

POCATELLO CHARLOTTE FIRE UPDATE: 80% CONTAINED. VULTURE/DESPERATE CONTRACTORS ALREADY DESCENDING.

POCATELLO BURNING! EVACUATIONS!