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Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Leading off today’s wildfire news is an article forwarded to me by IL-76 air-tanker owner Dwight Barnell ( about ‘Forests for the Next Century’, an educational program timed to coincide with discussions elsewhere about the recent California wildfires. An article in Newsweek discusses the cost of the recent spate of wildfires, followed by one from Canada discussing ‘eyes in the skies’ for wildfire surveillance. Next up is a story from the Wall Street Journal on how inmate crews assist with firefighting. There was a summit in Sacramento today to discuss wildfires and how to prevent future conflagrations, while the Fort Carson fire in Colorado remained out of control. Two similar stories about upcoming services for firefighters killed in the S-61 crash follow. Wildfires are still giving firefighters headaches in Northern California, as the following two articles outline, and Associated Press has done another article on Yellowstone twenty years later. Next up, a discussion of Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics, or MIST, which are being put to the test in Mendocino National Forest. Finally, a story out of Turkey about plans for future wildfires in that region.

California's Forests at Top of Policy Agenda

Bigger, tougher fires bring Calif. to the brink

Fighting forest fires with the eye in the sky

Inmate Firefighters Are on Front Lines in California

Wildfire summit to prevent future catastrophic blazes

Fort Carson Wildfire Zero Percent Contained

Firefighter honors set

Two ceremonies set for firefighters lost in crash

Big Bar in path of wildfires; Lime Complex contained

Crews pounce on 18-acre blaze

Yellowstone National Park recovers from 1988 fires

Fighting some forest fires calls for a natural touch

Firefighting fleets should be established