Been away recently doing some M-410 training at the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Compact in Morgantown WV. Wanted to get a post out ref the wildfires that continue from FL to AK and several states in-between.
I will be posting some additional pictures from the VA Wildfire Academy and some from the Mid-Atlantic one this week so keep checking back. THANKS.
Forest Fire Academy Teaches How to Fight Wildfires
Posted Monday, June 6, 2011 ; 05:53 PM
By Mike Krafcik
MORGANTOWN -- Firefighters and other participants from seven states are learning how to fight wildfires in Monongalia County this week. They're nestled in the West Virginia University Forest.
Willie Cirone, a firefighter from New Jersey and instructor to the Mid-Atlantic Wildfire Training Academy says, “The experience compared to here, the fires magnitude is much greater, the fires are much larger, higher impact on the communities, fire camps. It’s firefighting but it’s firefighting in a different way,”
This year was the academy’s fifth year at West Virginia University. Cirone said students in the program learned the skills to be able to participate in fire fighting out west. The academy was taught by instructors from the Eastern Compact in conjunction with the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, and included firefighters from all along the east coast. We have students here from Florida we have students here from Ohio, from Maine, Virginia, New Jersey, just about all the states represented on the east coast.”
Huge AZ wildfire spreads, health conditions worsen
By BRIAN SKOLOFF and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN , 06.11.11, 04:05 AM
Huge eastern Ariz. wildfire heads toward New Mexico, threatens towns; health conditions worsen
Residents flee as major Alaska wildfire grows
By Yereth Rosen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Wed Jun 8, 2011 9:17pm EDT
(Reuters) - All residents near an expanding wildfire near Fairbanks have fled, making way for firefighters to combat the blaze, officials said on Wednesday.
Southeast Colorado Has Several Large Wildfires Burning Thousands Of Acres
Two large wildfires continue to burn in Alabama
Seminole fire being battled for the fifth day
Submitted by Elishia Ballentine
(Created: Thursday, June 9, 2011 4:15 PM CDT)
Florida crews trying to contain two major wildfires
March 01, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff
Two major wildfires have burned more than 18,000 acres along Florida's eastern coast, state officials said Tuesday.
TX Wildfire Update – June 9, 2011
Dos Amigos fire west of Robert Lee 6,000 acres and growing
• Texas Forest Service
Please remember, I will be posting some additional pictures from the VA Wildfire Academy and some from the Mid-Atlantic one this week so keep checking back. THANKS.