Fewer fire stories in the news today, perhaps as a result of successful suppression in the Northern California wildfires. First up, more debate about a wildfire tax in San Diego, followed by a couple of stories about firefighters' progress up north. Next, a heartwarming story about what could be Smokey the Bear's heir, followed by one about the tremendous assistance provided by military aircraft in the recent wildfires (over 1 million gallons of retardant dropped by Air Guard units alone).
Parcel tax to fight wildfires advances
Local fires surpass Big Bar Complex in acres burned
Crews make progress against California wildfires
Burned Bear Cub Rescued After Wildfire
California firefighting commander - 'Great job' by Airmen
And finally, something for the 'What were they thinking?!?' files - a Greek who lit a fire to smoke out wasps... on a fuel line next to a munitions factory!
Man faces tribunal over Greek wildfire