Fighting Large Fires in NW California–8/23/2023

About 10 days into a regional lightning bust across the Klamath and Siskiyou Mountains, the fires on the Smith River, near Gasquet, east of Crescent City, have emerged as the largest and most complex. This video talks about how large fires are fought, using the Smith River Fires and smaller fires in the Klamath Mountains as a case study.

We talk about fire aviation, mapping, what goes into planning a ‘big box’ and why fire managers are set up for failure during these sorts of events.

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