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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.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Leading off the wildfire news today, California is combining OES and Homeland Security into one cabinet-level position in the hopes of streamlining disaster response by the state. Sticking to political issues, Congress approved $910 million in additional funds to the Forest Service, which has already expended it's budget of $1.2 billion by about $400 million, and about $1 million will go to Los Padres National Forest, which has been particularly hard hit by wildfires over the past few years. The 18,000 acre Rattle Fire in Oregon has reached 60% containment, while firefighters in Georgia have had to deal with a small wildfire of their own. Restoration of the Big Sur area is underway, but authorities are concerned about runoff during the rainy season in burn areas. Two articles deal with forestry: the first warns about taking watershed areas for granted, the second details Colorado's plans to remove up to 80% of the lodgepole pines in Summit County. Next up, two articles discuss the benefits of firescaping: the first gives a graphic example from an arboretum scorched by a wildfire, the second gives pointers on how best to protect your home with proper plantings. A summary of the conference in Wyoming this past week that hosted over 400 scientists and wildfire experts from around the world is provided in the next article. And Portugal is breathing a sigh of relief that they had as mild a wildfire season as they got this year.

Law combines emergency response agencies

More federal wildfire money approved

Los Padres to get $1M for fires

Stubborn Rattle fire 60 percent contained

Firefighters battle brush fire flames

Water threatens Big Sur

Other Voices: Wildfires leave impact on California water source

Logging to begin in Keystone

Wildfire 101

Fire-safe landscaping

The Fires Next Time

Forest fires almost halved

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