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  • Aircraft Use April 6, 2021
     Within Pennsylvania, we use two different types of aircraft for fire suppression, and they are both very different animals. What we have sitting at the tanker bases are Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and at remote helipads, we have three Helicopters (one is a Type 2, which can support larger missions and two are Type […]
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  • 2020 PA-PAS Wildland Fire Program Annual Report March 12, 2021
     We would like to take the time to share with you the 2020 Annual Report from the Pennsylvania Wildland Fire Program. For those of you who don’t know, our program protects 16 million acres of forest lands, 10 million acres of Wildland-Urban Interface, and we have 1,000 volunteer forest fire wardens and 373 fire-qualified employees. […]
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  • 2021 Mid-Atlantic Compact Fire Academy March 9, 2021
    We have had many hurdles to overcome in the past year, with training having to, unfortunately, be canceled. We would like to start spring off with a little good news in the form on the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Compact Fire Academy! Registration for the Mid-Atlantic Compact Fire Academy in McHenry, MD is now open for compact members. The 2021 Academy will look […]
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  • Defensible Space - Home Ignition Zone 3 November 4, 2020
    The third home ignition zone (or Extended Zone) is 30-100 feet and out to 200 feet from your home. Dispose of any heavy amounts of debris and litter, remove of any dead plant and tree material. If you have any small conifers growing in between your mature trees you should consider removing them. As always […]
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  • Defensible Space - Home Ignition Zone 2 October 20, 2020
     Continuing from our previous post which covered Zone 1, we are going to discuss Home Ignition Zone 2 (or the Intermediate Zone). You may have heard these tips before, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded and go over it again. Zone 2 is 5-30 feet from the furthest exterior point of your home. Landscaping […]
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  • Defensible Space - Home Ignition Zone 1 October 13, 2020
    You may remember back in April when we discussed Wildland Urban Interface month, there was the mention of concentric safety zones around your home regarding creating a defensible space. The end goal here is to cover each Home Ignition Zone, which may include tips and tricks you have or have not seen previously. The first […]
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  • Fire Prevention Week - Debris Burning October 6, 2020
     Our main source of preventable fires is caused by the general public. Some things that these fires result from are: campfires (as well as hunter’s warming fires), children, equipment use (cars, trucks and SUVs usually exhaust related; chainsaws, lawnmowers most often strike related), fireworks, miscellaneous (firearms, exploding targets, etc.) and debris burning. In Pennsylvania, a […]
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  • Fire Prevention Week - Campfires October 5, 2020
     October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week, it is observed each year during the week of October 9th in tribute of the Great Chicago Fire. The fire began on October 8, 1871, and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless, destroyed more than 17,000 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. The […]
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  • Wildland Fire Crew Update September 21, 2020
     Folks.We may have the largest photo drop yet from our last crew Penn's Woods! They arrived home safely yesterday at District 9 where they followed the COVID-19 sanitizing guidelines to turn in their gear to the cache. Since they had poor service for their entire assignment, they sent us all of their photos upon arriving […]
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  • Wildland Fire Update September 17, 2020
    Today we have another photo from one of our single resources to share with you! It was submitted with this caption:"Smoke delayed flights and the uncertainty of when the Gold Team would be able to take over the fire caused the powers that be to assign the Brattain Fire to the Eastern Area T2 Team.  […]
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