Monday, May 25, 2015

Interview with USAF Aerial Wx Reconnaissance Officer

Continuing where I left off a couple of days ago, here is Chrissy Warrilow, a Meteorogist from Georgia Public Broadcasting interviewing Captain Tina Smith, Aerial Weather Reconnaissance Officer with the US Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters). This two-part interview was published on Youtube in April 2012.


direct link to part 1 on youtube


direct link to part 2 on youtube

Next up: US Airforce Weather Reconnaissance Squadrom flies into Hurricane Sandy (2012).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tour of USAF Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft

I am continuing to write about US AirForce Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft. The Hurricane Hunters recently finished up a week long tour (Go here for more info stopping in Atlantic Coast cities (Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada),\; Atlantic City, NJ; Norfolk, VA; Myrtle Beach, SC; St. Augustine, FL; and Marathon, FL. I wrote about the tour stop in Atlantic City, NJ on May 11th.

If I understand the military designation correctly they are the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the 403rd Wing of the Air Force Reserve (403rd Wing home page and on Facebook.

The C-130 Hurricane Hunter has a crew of five: two Pilots, a Navigator, an Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer, and a Weather Loadmaster/Dropsonde Systems Operator, go to the Hurricane Hunter Associations “People” Page for a description of what each crew member does.

Join Meteorologist Chrissy Warrilow with Georgia Public Broadcast on a tour of one of the USAF 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron’s C-130 Hurricane Hunter aircraft. She had an opportunity to tour this C-130 Hurricane Hunter when the aircraft was visiting Georgia on a tour. You will hear Captain Tina Smith, Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer discuss the plane and the mission. Master Sergeant Amy Lee, the Load Master/Dropsonde Officer talks about how the Dropsonde is deployed and the types of data it records. You will also meet the pilot, Lieutenant Jarod Hamblin, and Dan Darbe a NWS Forecaster. The video was published on Youtube in February 2012.


direct to link to video by Chrissy Warrilow on Youtube

Up next (Monday May 26) Chrissy Warrilow’s two part interview with Captain Tina Smith, Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More on the US Air Force 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

As an aviation enthusiast and a weather enthusiast, I am interested in how aircraft our used to help forecast weather as well as other weather related uses. The June 1st official beginning of the east coast hurricane season is almost upon us, and we have already had one named tropical system (Anna). I can think of no better way to begin then to write about Hurricane Hunting aircraft. I first wrote about Hurricane Hunters on May 11th

I will continue by writing three posts on the US Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron:
May 22: Tour of USAF Hurricane Hunter Aircraft
May 25: Interview with USAF Aerial Wx Reconnaissance Officer
May 27: USAF Hurricane Hunters fly into Hurricane Sandy (2012)
 I am in the process of working on other articles about Hurricane Hunters and these will follow as the summer progresses. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy this short video about the USAF 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron direct link to video

Monday, May 18, 2015

A look at the Maine Forest Rangers Helicopters

Continuing with the wildfire season in New England, here is an excellent video from WLBZ 2 in Bangor Maine. This is a video segment from Bill Green’s Maine focusing on the helicopters that the Maine Forest Rangers use to help ground crews fight wildfires in Maine. They have six Hueys with buckets. I know enough about Maine to know that there are vast stretches of forested areas in Maine and I for one am glad that the helos are there to help the ground crews. The Chief Ranger Pilot, John Crowley provides an excellent discussion on the use of helos in Maine as well as how the bucket works. I was especially interested in Mr. Crowley’s description of how the bucket works, something I have not heard described all that often. Please go to the link and llow about six minutes to watch this great video. Enjoy.

Direct link to WCSH6 Portland ME (Bill Green’s Maine)

The Maine Forest Rangers, a division of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has a freely available Facebook page (you don’t need an account) that may be found here.

Note added on May 20, 2015: When I first wrote this video, I embedded a great video from WCSH6 in Maine (Bill Green's Maine) about how the Maine Forest Rangers use helicopters to fight wildfires. The embed code was set so that, depending on your browser settings, the video might play automaticially. Because I thought that autoplaying a six minute video might detract from your experience in enjoying this blog, in particular upcoming videos, I have deleted the embed code. But the above link should still work, and I encourge you to go to the link and watch this six minute video.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wildfires in New England - videos

While I have been focusing recently on wildfires of various sizes burning in NJ (and one in southeast NY), I am aware that other areas in the northeast United States have seen wildfires. So in the spirit of remembering wildland firefighters on the ground and in the air who have worked these various fires, I share two videos that I just came across thanks to my friends for the B10 NJ Wildland Fire Video Page (updated weekly).


direct link to video on youtube (brush fire in Sandwich Massachusetts)


direct link to video on youtube (helicopter with bucket working Lubec Fire (Lubec, Maine)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Red Flag Warning - NJ, Southeast NY, and Southern New England

7:15 PM EDT, May 13

I spent about 3 1/2 hours (2:30 to 6 PM) listening to the NJ State Forest Fire Service Division B online scanner feed. I was able to hear some of the feeds channels from Northern New Jersey (Division A) as well. From what I could tell, there was some wildfire activity in central and northern New Jersey. I'm not sure of the size of these fires, I know that I listened to reports of some that were under 1 acre, and the others were of unknown size.

The Red Flag Warnings in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island And Vermont have expired. Red Flag Warnings remain up in New Hampshire until 8 PM EDT this evening.

7:10 AM EDT, May 13
Red Flag Warnings are up for all of New Jersey, southeastern New York, and southern New England. I'll listen to some online scanner feeds and try to follow the media to find out about any wildfire activity. Stay safe everyone!

National Weather Service Eastern Region, May 13 2015 7:02 AM. Red Flag Warnings in red.


Red Flag Warning


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
334 AM EDT WED MAY 13 2015

NJZ001-007>010-012>027-132200-
/O.UPG.KPHI.FW.A.0003.150513T1600Z-150513T2200Z/
/O.NEW.KPHI.FW.W.0004.150513T1600Z-150513T2200Z/
SUSSEX-WARREN-MORRIS-HUNTERDON-SOMERSET-MIDDLESEX-
WESTERN MONMOUTH-EASTERN MONMOUTH-MERCER-SALEM-GLOUCESTER-CAMDEN-
NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON-OCEAN-CUMBERLAND-ATLANTIC-CAPE MAY-
ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY-COASTAL ATLANTIC-COASTAL OCEAN-
SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON-
334 AM EDT WED MAY 13 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING. IT IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON UNTIL 600 PM.

* AFFECTED AREA...NORTHWESTERN, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY...27 TO 32 PERCENT.

* MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES...GENERALLY FROM 65 TO AROUND 70 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS...ANY WILDFIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO
  SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS. ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP MAY QUICKLY GET OUT
OF CONTROL AND BECOME DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WILDFIRE DANGER, BURN RESTRICTIONS AND
WILDFIRE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION, PLEASE VISIT YOUR STATE
FORESTRY OR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WEB SITE.


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
318 AM EDT WED MAY 13 2015

...CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD TODAY...

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-
132200-
/O.UPG.KOKX.FW.A.0003.150513T1600Z-150513T2200Z/
/O.NEW.KOKX.FW.W.0004.150513T1600Z-150513T2200Z/
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX-
NORTHERN NEW LONDON-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-
SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-WESTERN PASSAIC-
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-
WESTERN ESSEX-EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-
PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-NORTHERN QUEENS-
NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
318 AM EDT WED MAY 13 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM EDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE TRI-STATE AREA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON
TODAY TO 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* AFFECTED AREA...LOWER HUDSON VALLEY...NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY...
  SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT...NEW YORK CITY...AND LONG ISLAND.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 30 PERCENT.

* TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...RAPID FIRE SPREAD IF IGNITION OCCURS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW
RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS WILL CREATE A SIGNIFICANTLY
ELEVATED FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fire Weather Watch for Wed. May 13

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
324 PM EDT TUE MAY 12 2015

.EXCESSIVELY DRY WEATHER SINCE ABOUT APRIL 23RD COMBINED WITH
GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY LOWERING TO NEAR 30
PERCENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON HAS PROMPTED THE ISSUANCE OF A FIRE
WEATHER WATCH FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW JERSEY.

NJZ001-007>010-012>027-131030-
/O.NEW.KPHI.FW.A.0003.150513T1600Z-150513T2200Z/
SUSSEX-WARREN-MORRIS-HUNTERDON-SOMERSET-MIDDLESEX-
WESTERN MONMOUTH-EASTERN MONMOUTH-MERCER-SALEM-GLOUCESTER-CAMDEN-
NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON-OCEAN-CUMBERLAND-ATLANTIC-CAPE MAY-
ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY-COASTAL ATLANTIC-COASTAL OCEAN-
SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON-
324 PM EDT TUE MAY 12 2015

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOR ALL OF NEW
JERSEY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A FIRE
WEATHER WATCH WHICH IS IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* AFFECTED AREA...ALL OF NEW JERSEY.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* TIMING...NOON TO 6 PM.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 30 PERCENT.

* TEMPERATURES...MAINLY 65 TO 70 DEGREES, COOLEST READINGS IN THE
  HILLS OF NORTHWEST NEW JERSEY.

* IMPACTS...ANY WILDFIRES THAT DEVELOP DURING THE AFTERNOON WILL
  HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD RAPIDLY. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT
  RECOMMENDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR DUE TO A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES...AND DRY FUELS. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS
AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WILDFIRE DANGER...BURN RESTRICTIONS...AND
WILDFIRE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION...PLEASE VISIT YOUR STATE
FORESTRY OR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WEBSITE.

&&

$$

GORSE/DRAG

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
331 PM EDT TUE MAY 12 2015

...CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD ON WEDNESDAY...

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-
130915-
/O.NEW.KOKX.FW.A.0003.150513T1600Z-150513T2200Z/
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX-
NORTHERN NEW LONDON-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-
SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-WESTERN PASSAIC-
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-
WESTERN ESSEX-EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-
PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-NORTHERN QUEENS-
NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
331 PM EDT TUE MAY 12 2015

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE TRI-
STATE AREA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER
WATCH FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD...WHICH IS IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON.

* AFFECTED AREA...LOWER HUDSON VALLEY...NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY...
  SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT...NEW YORK CITY...AND LONG ISLAND.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 30 PERCENT.

* TIMING...WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...RAPID FIRE SPREAD IF IGNITION OCCURS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR FURTHER UPDATES REGARDING THIS
POTENTIAL.

Hurricane Hunters - 53rd Weather Recon Squadron (Air Force Reserve)


direct link to NOAA video on youtube

Last week one of Hurricane Hunter Aircraft (C-130-J) that NOAA uses to fly into Hurricanes stopped in Egg Harbor Township NJ, near Atlantic City, one of five stops on an East Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour. In addition, a NOAA G-IV participated in this tour. For coverage see:

Press of Atlantic City (May 5) (with photos, video and nice graphic looking at the work of a Hurricane Hunter)

Asbury Park Press (May 5th) (includes a video interview with Dr, Rick Knabb, director of National Hurricane Center with a focus on the importance of evacuation in advance of Hurricanes).

From the Hurricane Hunters Association - 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Air Force Reserve)
Frequently Asked Questions
The plane (C-130J)
The people

I have been doing some reading on Hurricane Hunting aircraft recently and hope to post more articles about these special aircraft who do their work to keep all of us safe from Hurricanes. Safety meaning have a good forecasted track of the Hurricane so that evacuation can be put in place so that people can get away from the storm.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Atsion Wildfire - Wharton State Forest - final update

I wrote an article on May 7th with updates about the Atsion Wildfire that has burned approximately 710 acres in Wharton State Forest (Shamong Township, Burlington County NJ). The fire was first reported on May 7 about 1 PM. An AT-602 SEAT, Charlie 1 from Downstown Aero, on contract with the NJ Forest Fire Service and at least one helicopter and bucket worked the fire yesterday in support of the wildland firefighers on the ground.

According to the latest report from 6ABC in Philadelphia this wildfire is: "nearly 100% contained. They say moisture from dense fog in the area Friday morning (May 8th) has helped efforts to fight the fire."

B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page has been reporting on this fire about half-way down their home page, last updated this morning at 5:40 AM.

Unless there is a dramatic change in the wildfire, this is probably my last report on the Atsion Wildfire.


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Just in - wildfire in NJ PIne Barrens - Wharton St. Forest

Latest update at top, scroll down to see earlier updates.

May 8, 8:30 AM EDT
The Atsion Wildfire remains at approximately 710 acres burned. The fire, which started on May 7th early afternoon in the Atsion Lakes area of the Wharton State Forest in Burlington County NJ (Shamong Twsp), is at 75 percent containment according to a report earlier this morning from MyFoxPhilly (updated at 7:42 AM EDT with photos and a video). Photos from 6ABC (Philadelphia).

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV
direct link to video

May 7, 8:55 PM EDT
I have learned from B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page that what I have been calling the Atsion Lake Wildfire is designated as the Atsion Wildfire. The Atsion Wildfire began this afternoon behind the Atsion Ranger Station in Wharton State Forest (Shamong Twsp, Burlington County NJ) east of US Route 206 and remains at 710 acres (including burnout operations). Aircraft operations have been suspended for the night. Scroll down for map and for photos taken from Charlie 1 (AT-602) earlier this afternoon.


direct link to aerial footage from NBC10 in Philadelphia of Atsion Lakes Fire taken earlier today

May 7, 6:20 PM EDT
Atsion Lake Fire remains at about 700 acres burned and zero containment.

report from 6 ABC with video (earlier this afternoon) and photos, updated 6:10 PM


Map of Atsion Lake Area Fire, NJFFS Section B1, May 7, 2015, Fire Activity detected by GOES Satellite


May 7, 5:22 PM EDT

Am hearing a report from the NJ Forest Fire Service Division B online scanner feed that the fire has burned about 700 acres and remains at zero containment. I just saw another live report from live stream from NBC10 (Philadelphia) confirming that the fire has burned in excess of 700 acres.

Photos taken by Ed Carter Jr., pilot of Charlie 1 (Downstown Aero's AT-602 under contract with the NJ Forest Fire Service) on the way to the Atsion fire. Photos shared with his permission. Thanks Ed for all you are doing to work this fire.


May 7, 2015 Wildfire burning in Atsion Lake Area of Wharton State Forest, Burlington County NJ. Photo taken from cockpit of Charlie 1

May 7, 2015 Wildfire burning in Atsion Lake Area of Wharton State Forest, Burlington County NJ. Photo taken from cockpit of Charlie 1

May 7, 2015 Wildfire burning in Atsion Lake Area of Wharton State Forest, Burlington County NJ.  Photo taken from cockpit of Charlie 1

May 7, 2015 Wildfire burning in Atsion Lake Area of Wharton State Forest, Burlington County NJ.  Photo taken from cockpit of Charlie 1

May 7, 4:55 PM EDT

Well, I continue to listen to the NJ Forest Fire Service Division B online scanner feed, taking a break periodically to watch live stream from NBC10 (Philadelphia). I just caught a live report about 10 minutes from NBC10, they are reporting that the fire in the Atsion area (Shamong Twsp) of Wharton State Forest has burned at least 100 acres and that residents have been allowed back to their homes. I just listened to another live report with video of the wildfire and the helicopter and bucket working the fire.
May 7, 4:30 PM EDT

This just in, there is a large wildfire (size not know at this time) burning near Wharton State Forest in the Atsion area (NJFFS Section B1) of Burlington County, NJ. A SEAT and a helicopter with a bucket are reported to be working the fire. Evacuations are in place and US Route 206 is closed between Route 30 and Atsion Road. For more information see: 6ABC (photos) and Philly dot com. The fire started earlier this afternoon and is of unknown origin.

I am listening to the NJ Forest Fire Service Division B online scanner feed as I write this.

I'll be updating this thread as I can, so stay tuned.

May 7th update on the Roosa Gap Fire (Ulster/Sullivan Counties NY)

1:00 PM EDT

In an update this morning, the Recordonline (Middletown NY) is reporting that the fire (known as the Roosa Gap Fire) has burned approximately 2,600 acres and is at about 90 percent containment. They are hoping that the fire will be fully contained today (weather conditions permitting). The concern is that it is both drier with a little more wind than yesterday. I'll update this thread if appropriate.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Update (May 6) on the Roosa Gap Fire (Ulster/Sullivan Counties NY)

The fire that I only recently learned is being called the Roosa Gap fire that I first wrote about on May 5th remains at 75 percent containment, having burned about 2,400 acres in and near the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest in Ulster and Sullivan Counties NY (see The Journal News, May 6 at 9:12 AM (with photos) and The Record Online (May 6 update, 12:29 PM).

I don't why I did not like at Bill Gabbert's Wildfiretoday yesterday, but I did today and saw that he started reporting on the Roosa Gap fire on May 4th with the last update being May 6 at 10:18 EDT, be sure to check out Bill's reporting on the Roosa Gap fire where if you scroll down a bit you will a map that he has done. I did some checking earlier today, and while I did see a that the Eastern Area Coordinating Center including the Roosa Gap fire in reports on their intelligence page (which is where I learned of the name of the fire), the stats about the fire on their large incident report was a couple of days old so I did not use it here.

While I have read other media reports that the cause of the fire may have been an illegal debris burn (for example: The Journal News, May 6 at 9:12 AM (with photos)  and  ABC7 in NYC (May 6 with video). However, The Record Online (May 6 update, 12:29 PM) is reporting that "The state Department of Conservation is still investigating the cause of the fire but has not released any other information regarding how it started and whether any tickets or violations will be issued."

According to report on Syracuse dot com (updated on May 6, 8:53 AM) our friends from the National Weather Office in Binghamton NY "sent a meteorologist to give on-the-scene forecasts to emergency crews."

The Record Online (May 6 update at 12:29 PM) reported that our friends from Canada (thank-you!!) sent an airanker to help. She worked the fire yesterday. NY National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and a couple of other NY State helicopters have been working the fire as well. I understand that wind and light rain may have shut down air operations this morning.

For those of you who are interested, yes I have seen mention of the Roosa Gap fire on some NYC TV news outlets (online reporting) including:

ABC7 - May 6, 8:04 AM EDT, with video
MyFoxNY - May 5, 3:35 PM EDT
CBS2 NY - May 5, 4:07 PM
NBC4 NY - May 3 video and May 6 report

Stay safe everyone!