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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.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Today we lead off with three articles on firefighting technology, although the first two are more for structure fires than pure wildfires: the first discusses the use of GIS in pinpointing both incidents and assets (something LAFD has explored in an airborne application, as can be seen in a presentation prepared for LAFD by Wildfire Research Network); the second shows an innovative new firefighting grenade introduced here a few weeks back and now being put to actual use by firefighters on the East Coast; and the third highlights the use of Sierra cameras to track the progress of a newly-discovered wildfire in Sequoia National Park, technology that had also been mentioned here a few weeks ago. Next up, some tips from a legal source about recovering damages due to wildfires. Cal Fire is reducing staff as the fire season in Northern California wanes, but not so much that they couldn't respond with overwhelming force to a small wildfire near Grass Valley. A USFS air-tanker pilot went out in style with a fitting tribute up in Chico as he completed his final retardant run and hung up his wings after 38 years in the business, which included some B-17 stick time. USFS is beginning controlled burns up north, but they would be well advised to keep a close eye on them, as firefighters found out to their regret in Nevada. The governor of Colorado is appealing to the Feds for additional funding to help maintain fire safety in their wildlands. A wildfire in Utah has now reached 60% containment with the help of some California firefighters, while one in Arizona has passed the 5,000 acre mark. Way down south, firefighters in Victoria, Australia, are hoping cooler weather will aid them in their fight against a huge bushfire there, and an elite group of former Australian officials are trying to work out a plan to better fight fires and save money (and lives) at the same time. A study from the October 2007 wildfires in San Diego showed that keeping students indoors during smoky periods paid off, but as the final item shows, not everyone in San Diego is upset with excessive smoke inhalation (the contributor of this item wished to remain anonymous - something to do with job security).

North Las Vegas Fire Department Launches Enterprise GIS Platform

Firefighting 'grenade' draws raves

Sequoia fire burns path into park

Wildfire damage questions

Transitional Staffing

Fire contained near Alta Sierra

Water-Cannon Tribute To Retiring Pilot

Controlled Forest Burns Under Way

Controlled Burn Gets Out Of Hand In Tilden Park

Governor seeks federal grant for forests

Utah wildfire now 60 percent contained

Kaibab forest fire exceeds 5,000 acres

Cooler weather helps Vic firefighters

Burning need to save water and bush lives

Data show fewer youths than adults visited Ers

Home Fire In San Diego

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