High winds are making this a difficult fire to fight. Airtankers and Helicopters are lifting water into the area. You can read the latest on the A fire ban is in effect for all of Arizona with the following prohibited: • All open fires and campfires. • Other types of outdoor fires that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. • Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays. • Outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. • Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal, and coal burning) are prohibited on all Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails; except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided (Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed). • Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material. • Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.[photo taken Thursday afternoon] The local Highschool in SpringValley has been turned into a staging area for the fire crews, Driving by yesterday afternoon, the Highschool grounds are a hive of activity, with trailers and tents on the football and the baseball field.[photo taken by Charles Wicker Wednesday evening] May 18, 2012The sky due west from Arcosanti is filled with ominous smoke from what is called the ‘Gladiator Fire’. The fire started on Sunday, May 13. in Crown King, a small town on top of the Bradshaw Mountains about 30 miles from Arcosanti. It quickly spread and has now burned over 6000 acres. [photo taken Wednesday afternoon] Expect smoke in the area. Smoke sensitive individuals in affected areas may need to take action to mitigate the conditions. Remaining indoors, using air conditioning or temporarily moving to an unaffected area may be necessary. Visibility is an excellent measure of air quality. If visibility is ten miles or more, the air quality is good. Visibility of six to nine miles indicates moderate air quality. Three to five miles of visibility indicates conditions unhealthy for sensitive groups. One and a half to two and a half miles, the air quality is unhealthy. One to one and a quarter miles indicates the air quality is very unhealthy. If visibility due to smoke is less than a mile, the air quality is hazardous. For more smoke information and air quality forecasts, visit azfireinfo.[photo taken Thursday evening]
Freesat, the UK’s free-to-air DTH platform, has launched a next-generation connected TV proposition that blends broadcast and OTT video services.Free time from Free sat offers a backwards EPG linking to broadcaster catch-up platforms and a ‘showcase’ section offering editorialised recommendations. The service will launch on a Humax box offering 500Gb of storage for £279 (€352) at the end of the month. The announcement comes just over a month since the launch of YouView, a similar proposition that offers a mix of subscription-free, DTT-delivered Freeview channels and online services from public broadcasters and pay TV platforms, including BSkyB’s Now TV service.Free time will offer seven-day catch-up services from the BBC and ITV at launch, with Channel 4’s 4oD and Five’s Demand 5 platforms to follow before the end of the year. Ahead of this morning’s launch, James Strickland, Freesat’s director of product and technology development, told Digital TV Europe that the platform was in talks with TV, movie and music providers about launching services on Free time but denied reports that it had already struck a deal with Netflix.Should deals with the likes of Netflix and Lovefilm follow, it would be a blow to incumbent operator Sky, which has already lost customers to Freesat and, according to reports, is concerned that it can’t compete with Netflix on price. Strickland said Freesat would continue to target Sky’s customers with its Free time offering as well as existing Freesat customers that were looking for an upgrade path. To-date, Freesat has sold 2.6 million devices.Freesat has developed Free time using widely adopted European open standards, including HTML5, OIPF and HbbTV, which Strickland said would make it easy for third parties to launch on the platform. “HTML5 gives us an edge. It’s a low barrier to entry for broadcast and broadband partners, and offers a gateway to people developing those kinds of services.”The service will offer a common UI across all devices, giving a specific Free time feel to the services, unlike the existing Freesat platform that sees UIs designed by the set-top manufacturers.A 1TB version of the Humax Freesat Plus box is on the horizon, along with devices from Sagemcom, Philips and Manhattan. Strickland said the range of Free time devices would eventually cover the spectrum from zapper boxes to Smart TVs and added that it had held “concrete discussions” with exiting TV partners Panasonic and Samsung.
Frank FosterTiVo subsidiary TiVo Research and Analytics has appointed former Comcast executive Frank Foster as its senior vice president and general manager. Based at the company’s New York offices, Foster will run TiVo Research and Analytics and drive development in audience measurement, data provisioning and programmatic advertising.Foster worked most recently as president and general manager of Crossbeam Media, a Comcast Company. Prior to that he was vice president, advanced media sales and planning at Comcast Spotlight, and head of television advertising sales and television product development for AT&T AdWorks.“The work TiVo Research is doing to provide advanced audience research and targeted data services and solutions is of utmost importance to TiVo’s future and is of increasing critical importance to the advertising industry,” said TiVo CEO and president Tom Rogers.“Frank brings with him tremendous experience in advanced advertising and deep insight into multi-platform entertainment that will be put to immediate use at TiVo Research. We are extremely pleased to have Frank leading this team.”