A substantial number of wildfire articles in the news today, beginning with a bunch about the Marek Fire north of LA, the first two being about the suspicious nature of the fire, the next two covering more details on evacuations, followed by one about wind concerns, and topping off with one about a hospital evacuation due to the fires. Up the coast a ways, a wildfire appeared in a remote region near Santa Paula, threatening some oil facilities, while San Francisco firefighters had to attend to a wildfire on Angel Island. Continuing north, fire officials in Eureka, CA, feared fires caused by homeless camps, something which CalFire firefighters told me they already have to deal with in Indio. In San Diego, the PUC meeting coming up on Tuesday was mentioned in another article with an interview on KPBS, while the next explores the rigors of properly insuring homes and businesses against wildfire losses. Two blog entries, one from San Diego, the other from USA Today, explore the issues of preparing for a wildfire in your area and gauging how high the burning index is for your area. The pros and cons of the 'let it burn' philosophy as applied to the Tehipite Fire are examined in the next article. Moving to Kentucky, two articles discuss the resurgence of the forest fire in Daniel Boone NF and the injuries sustained by firefighters dealing with a small wildfire outside of Lexington. Two more articles out of Colorado concern the origins of a wildfire near Hotchkiss and an Op-Ed piece from the Denver Post arguing for better funding of forest service firefighters. Heading down under, fire officials are keeping an eye on four bushfires on the island of Tasmania that are burning erratically due to the extreme dryness of the fuel, but should be doused by an impending rain front.
Firefighters battle suspicious fires
Officials Investigate Possible Arson In Marek Fire
Firefighters battle L.A. County wildfire
Wind-whipped L.A. wildfire burns mobile homes
Fire officials fear winds will spread LA wildfire
LA hospital evacuates 8 patients due to wildfire
Wildfire erupts in remote Ventura County area
SF, Marin firefighters battling Angel Island fire
Homeless camps in Arcata forest raise fire risk
Cal Agency Holds Local Hearing On Wildfires CPUC Wants Info On SDG&E Powerlines
Coverage is crucial
Are You Ready for the Next Wildfires?
A burning question: How are resources deployed to fight wildfires?
Fires good for forests, not air
Forest Fires Continue In Daniel Boone National Forest
2 firefighters injured battling Bullitt County brush fire
Fire that destroyed 5 homes may be human-caused
Fires will come; fight them now
Fire service monitors bushfires