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Wildfires And Aviation

Sun Jun 23, 2002 3:15 pm

I just got done watching the news tonight. With the rapidly growing Rodeo fire having burned 150,000 acres in northeastern Arizona I would like to know what if any adjustments are made to flight paths, SIDs, STARs, etc when a major fire is burning.

The smoke plumes rise up pretty high, into the flight levels I imagine and spread out quite far. Plus I cannot begin to imagine the turbulance the fire could potentially create. So are adjustments made to avoid these areas, and is anything currently in effect for some of these large fires?
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RE: Wildfires And Aviation

Sun Jun 23, 2002 4:19 pm

They will put temporary flight restrictions onto areas where there is a fire going on.

Partly because of the lower visibility because of the smoke, and partly so that the spotters, tankers and helicopters that are working the fire have that piece of sky all to themselves.
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RE: Wildfires And Aviation

Fri Jun 28, 2002 2:52 am

On tuesday night my flight from DEN-PHX flew right over the now combined fires in Northern AZ without any diversions of any. However I did hear over ATC that earlier in the day many aircrafts diverted around the smoke plume. Pretty amazing site seeing the fires burning from 37,000 feet at night.

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