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Wildfire News Of The Day (the Firebomber Publications blog) provides comprehensive international wildfire news. Subscribers include over 10,000 personnel from fire agencies, contractors, and government entities on five continents. "BEST NEWSLETTER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY 32 YEARS IN THE FIRE SERVICE" - San Diego Fire Department Chief Brian Fennessy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

PG&E Using Huge Heli-Saws To Trim Trees From Power Lines In Wildfire Country


The Heli-Saw Field Safety Manager, who manages a flying chainsaw equipped with eight tungsten carbide blades swirling underneath a helicopter, each nearly 3 feet in diameter, discussed what it was like to trim trees from PG&E's powerlines to prevent them from sparking wildfires.

PG&E Using Huge Heli-Saws To Trim Trees From Power Lines In Wildfire Country

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Judge: Lawsuit against park over failure to warn of 2016 wildfire danger can proceed


A federal judge is letting a multimillion-dollar lawsuit proceed against Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the November 2016 Chimney Tops 2 wildfire disaster, which killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged 2,500 buildings in Sevier County.

Judge: Lawsuit against park over failure to warn of 2016 wildfire danger can proceed

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Monday, December 09, 2019

Commentary: Rather than fee to fight fires, thin the forests


A forest management graduate from Oregon State University argued that, instead of taxing residents of Washington State to fund fire suppression, more thinning of forests should be done.

Commentary: Rather than fee to fight fires, thin the forests

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Friday, December 06, 2019

California auditor faults counties, state for lack of wildfire disaster planning


In a report released Thursday, a California Auditor faulted state officials and local governments of failing to adequately set up "plans to alert, evacuate and shelter" residents of Sonoma, Ventura and Butte counties as wildfires swept through communities there over the past three years.

California auditor faults counties, state for lack of wildfire disaster planning

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Thursday, December 05, 2019

Newsom rips PG&E insurance deal as it nears settlement with wildfire victims


California Governor Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric's $13.5 billion insurance settlement with wildfire survivors, arguing that the embattled electric utility must guarantee that it will have cash to invest in new technology and improved safety practices.

Newsom rips PG&E insurance deal as it nears settlement with wildfire victims

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Factors that Contribute to Prolonged Recovery after California Wildfires


In a series of articles from CoreLogic, researchers discussed the factors they have identified that contribute to the slow pace of rebuilding in wildfire-ravaged California communities.

Factors that Contribute to Prolonged Recovery after California Wildfires

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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Firehawk Deliveries Continue for United Rotorcraft


United Rotorcraft delivered two more Sikorsky S-70i Firehawks this week to Los Angeles County Fire and San Diego Fire-Rescue, the most recent deliveries since CAL FIRE's first at a ceremony on October 16th.

Firehawk Deliveries Continue for United Rotorcraft

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