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  1. #101
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    The Sheep Fire is south of us, near INL. Blew up to 85,000 acres this morning and is taking out the power lines now. Heard from a co-worker that they sent all the INL employees home earlier. Can see the smoke plume from my house/office, we are about 40 miles north of the site.

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    2019 Wildfire Season

    I definitely don’t miss the smoke, counting our lucky stars.

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    North Hills fire burning near Helena, 2600 acres and growing, they think it's going to jump the Missouri going east. Reports are fire is likely human caused. No structures burned so far but many people evacuated. Zero percent contained.


  4. #104
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    It’s really cool watching the VLAT work the fire, but I’m sorry for the opportunity. We have friends who are evacuated.

  5. #105
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive_MT View Post
    It’s really cool watching the VLAT work the fire, but I’m sorry for the opportunity. We have friends who are evacuated.
    Yeah we do too. A few years ago it was us being evacuated. Sucks. We're sitting at Snow Hop overhearing talk from displaced folks...looks worse now.


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    Insurance companies playing hardball.
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/business...o-14294099.php
    And I guess that I just don't know

  7. #107
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    Around me, getting renewed or non-renewed is pretty random.

    I think that it’s going to contribute to another housing market problem in CA.

  8. #108
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahman View Post
    Yeah we do too. A few years ago it was us being evacuated. Sucks. We're sitting at Snow Hop overhearing talk from displaced folks...looks worse now.

    Turns out that fire was (thankfully) not as bad as it could have been. Fully out.

    Not sure how folks are doing elsewhere, but we've been pretty lucky with the fire season so far this summer. Bunch of unsettled weather patterns have brought much needed rain out here. Most fires are smoldering at this point, and another storm front forecasted for next weekend.

    Far cry from what I was expecting this summer.

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    https://twitter.com/avioesemusicas/s...063707137?s=20

    I've seen some low drops, but this exit after the drop....wow.


    I bet there was a little excitement in the cockpit for a few seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by char_ View Post
    https://twitter.com/avioesemusicas/s...063707137?s=20

    I've seen some low drops, but this exit after the drop....wow.


    I bet there was a little excitement in the cockpit for a few seconds.
    And I guess that I just don't know

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    Look at the dust kicked up right at the end

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    Holy shit, cuttin it close there cowboy
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    Quote Originally Posted by char_ View Post
    https://twitter.com/avioesemusicas/s...063707137?s=20

    I've seen some low drops, but this exit after the drop....wow.


    I bet there was a little excitement in the cockpit for a few seconds.


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  14. #114
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    Pretty cool video on a large fire complex in Alaska this year:


    Gives you an idea on what large fires in AK are like. The drone stuff kind of blows my mind.
    And I guess that I just don't know

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    That was cool B - thanks for posting it up
    Never thought about how the native allotments are full suppression zones. Dealing with All the scattered populations must adds a huge layer of complexity to the suppression strategy.

    Drones are finding use in all kinds of ways. They had ‘em dropping fireballs a couple of years ago on Millie fire in my backyard. Seemed to work pretty well...except when the pendejo flew his own drone around the area at same time. No midair collision but he was roundly ridiculed by the community
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    Quote Originally Posted by TBS View Post
    That was cool B - thanks for posting it up
    Never thought about how the native allotments are full suppression zones. Dealing with All the scattered populations must adds a huge layer of complexity to the suppression strategy.
    It makes for a lot of interesting map reading and protection action.
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  17. #117
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    Pretty cool video on a large fire complex in Alaska this year:


    Gives you an idea on what large fires in AK are like. The drone stuff kind of blows my mind.

    Wish I had spent a few seasons with AFS, had the opportunity and passed it up.

    The drone thing is pretty wild, but glad to see the agencies are adopting the technology.

    This is going to be a game changer as well:

    https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/02/27...the-president/

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    Quote Originally Posted by char_ View Post
    Wish I had spent a few seasons with AFS, had the opportunity and passed it up.
    Was that in the 80s/early 90s? It might have been me that offered you a job.
    And I guess that I just don't know

  19. #119
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    Meadow skipper did the AFS detail in 2010 and it blew my mind . It was good to fire fire and have fun again. AFS was called the land of misfit toys. All the folks who did not fit in to the lower 48.

    But after my 90 days at wainwright i was thinking they were the smart ones.......

    It was fun to hear old war stories from the salty fire dogs ... AK style

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    ^My 12 years at AFS were my golden ones. The most interesting fires, the greatest toys, the coolest people, the best stories, the fewest constraints. Good times.

    People were calling it the land of misfit toys, etc. back in my day too. Things could get funny when AFS people detailed to the lower 48.
    And I guess that I just don't know

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    Scientists now have decisive molecular evidence that humans and chimpanzees once had a common momma and that this lineage had previously split from monkeys.

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    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...rnia-wildfires

    You can listen to the article, too, which is nice for driving or doing dishes

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    Awesome CL 415 scooping footage.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B1p5l4LB9od/
    And I guess that I just don't know

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