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Wildfire News Of The Day (the Firebomber Pubs blog) provides comprehensive international wildfire news. Subscribers include members of federal, state and local fire agencies in a dozen countries; wildfire researchers on five continents; the UN’s Global Fire Monitoring Center; Firewise Communities; contractors including Thermo-Gel, 10 Tanker, Neptune Aviation, and a number of others. "BEST NEWSLETTER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY 32 YEARS IN THE FIRE SERVICE" - San Diego FD Asst Chief Brian Fennessy.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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United States

(1) Wildfire NOTD subscriber Bruce Courtright, Chairman of the National Institute for the Elimination of Catastrophic Wildfire, sent along a study from the Association for Fire Ecology, the International Association of Wildland Fire, and the Nature Conservancy which looks at the true cost of wildfires in the US
REDUCE WILDFIRE RISKS or we’ll continue to pay more for fire disasters

California

(2) An earth sciences professor at the University of Riverside said that mountainous parts of Southern California are a "disaster waiting to happen" due to an abundance of fuel in need of thinning
WILDFIRES: Experts agree, catastrophic fire is just a spark away

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 052715


United States

(1) In a CNN Op-Ed piece, an author cautions homeowners about expecting that firefighters will always save their homes from wildfires
Stop expecting firefighters to save your homes

California

(2) A man whose marijuana operation sparked a 1,680-acre wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest last year was sentenced to six years, 10 months in prison and fined $6.5 million for suppression costs
Man who started Sequoia National Forest fire sentenced

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 052615


United States

California

(1) A number of wildfires sparked in Kern County may have been caused by vehicles heading off-road
Drivers warned of fire hazards: 'careful if you pull off the pavement'

(2) A spokesman for the USFS Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Vallejo discussed preparations for fire season with Capital Public Radio
California Drought: Forest Service Ready For Wildfire Season

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Monday, May 25, 2015

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 052515


United States

California

(1) Firefighters were mopping up a small wildfire on the western edge of the Santa Clara River in the Southern California beach community of Ventura Sunday
Small wildfire near Ventura

(2) Fire officials deemed a grass fire that consumed roughly 2 acres of vegetation in South San Francisco Friday evening as suspicious
Wildfire considered suspicious

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 052315


United States

California

(1) Wildfire NOTD subscriber Tom Lasser, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Army National Guard, sent along a YouTube video of CAL FIRE aircraft practicing for wildfire season
CalFire Aerial Firefighting and Training

(2) Campers in the El Dorado National Forest were reminded of hazards like widowmakers and falling trees left over from the massive King Fire last year
Fire ravaged forest brings sadness, also beauty for campers

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Friday, May 22, 2015

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 052215


United States

(1) Weather experts are closely watching a developing El Nino effect which could have an impact on wildfires in the West this summer
Will El Nino Trigger an Extreme Wildfire Season?

California

(2) A tour of Fire Lookout Towers in Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest is provided by the next article
Fire Lookout Towers - 93 Years of Fire Detection

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 052115


United States

(1) Wildfire NOTD subscriber Katie Lighthall, Western Region Coordinator for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, sent along the Secretary of the Interior's new wildfire policy for the Great Basin with the following comments: "Great news from Department of Interior yesterday. Secretary Jewell and Idaho Governor announced the final Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy. It emphasizes four key priorities and achievement through collaboration. Fantastic demonstration of Cohesive Strategy at work from the uppermost levels of land management to the private landowners and rangelands at risk....take a look!"
An Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy

California

(2) CAL FIRE said that there has been a 60% increase in wildfires this year due to the drought affecting the wildland and water supply
Water supply decrease affects how wildfires are fought

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