“There were roughly 298 people on board,” said Cmdr. Alan Harrigan, Royal Canadian Navy Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters Personnel Coordination Centre Pacific officer in charge. “[Protecteur’s] primary job is to provide fleet support, oil and ammunition for ships underway. She was actually out here providing support to the U.S. Navy for the last several weeks.”
“Do not let someone tell you that you cannot do something,” Bryant said. “When someone says I can’t do something because I’m female, it makes me try harder. You have to dig deep and find that you can do it. You cannot be the weakest one.”
The Rim Fire is not the first in which California has used remotely piloted aircraft technology to support firefighting. In 2007, NASA piloted a similar unmanned aircraft in response to a request from the California Office of Emergency Services and the National Interagency Fire Center.
The wind shifted this afternoon and the Black Forest wildfire doubled back on itself. Unlike many wildfires, lots of unburned homes remained in the area that the fire had passed over yesterday. The El Paso Sheriff’s Office has reported at least 92 homes burned at this time.
The Black Forest Fire is north of Colorado Springs, and due east of the Air Force Academy. This is other side of I 25 from Waldo Canyon fire 2012. Last night’s estimates from the El Paso County sheriff is estimated at 8000 acres. Mandatory evacuation area about 24,000 acres, involving 5469 people & 1966 homes.