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Friday, August 08, 2008


The lead wildfire stories today demonstrate how much firefighters are at the mercy of the weather. The first three articles recount how several states experienced lightning busts starting multiple fires, followed by a story on wind brewing up Northern California wildfires, and how the weather is actually helping with fires in Montana. A wildfire in Washington State forced some evacuations, as did one in Texas, while one in Utah is nearing full containment. Arson inspectors in San Diego County have determined that a fire there was arson-caused. On the international fire front, Sumatra is experiencing a problem familiar to air-tanker pilots in the recent Northern California wildfires: haze restricting visibility (and the attendant health problems breathing smoke). Greece seems to be getting the upper hand on their wildfires. And finally, on the eve of the weekend, a story about what it’s like to man a fire lookout tower, something those of us who lead hectic lives might relish for a little while.

Lightning fires controlled near Tri-Cities

Forest Fires Grow to 25 in Boise National Forest

Lightning Sparks Oregon Wildfires

Homes threatened by Northern Calif. Wildfire

Weather helps with wildfires

Wildfire threatens homes in Washington state

Fire forces evacuations near Florence

Firefighters declare 90 percent of blaze contained

DEER SPRINGS: Authorities suspect small brush fire started intentionally

Haze disrupts flights in Sumatra

Wildfires under control

Man enjoys solace, beauty of job as fire tower lookout