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Saturday, November 08, 2008


In the news today, California has filed two lawsuits against SDG&E and Cox Communications for $13 million related to the wildfires in San Diego County in 2007, and with remaining liability claims that could boost that figure to $1.5 billion, I doubt the two companies are looking forward to the future. Even as firefighters are wrangling with a new wildfire in the northern part of that county, the USFS is reopening sections of the Cleveland National Forest nearby. LA Times reporter Bob Pool recounts the exciting life of retiring Canadair CL-415 pilot Jean-Pierre Guay as he exits the firefighting scene in Los Angeles County. An educational series on protecting homes is provided in the next item, and a commentator offers advice to USFS about the post-Bush Administration years ahead. An inflammatory Op-Ed piece from Chico follows, while U.S. Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell unveiled a new, more aggressive focus on reducing CO2 emissions as a primary goal. In Arkansas, a teenager who had been coerced into claiming to have set a huge fire was let go, and firefighters saved a Christmas Tree farm in Texas from an encroaching wildfire. The Bureau of Land Management is improving a heliport in Idaho in anticipation of a busy fire season next year, while Alabama's rural homes are causing a headache for firefighters trying to educate homeowners on how to protect them. Finally, an article from Thailand about the trouble they're having not only with forest fires, but with maintaining a viable force to fight them due to staffing and funding shortfalls (sound familiar?)

State sues SDG&E, Cox over wildfires

Crews Work To Contain Pala Fire

Parts of Cleveland National Forest will open following fire closures

Air tanker pilot's job fighting California fires has been good to the last drop

Fire: Protecting Your Home from Southern California Wildfires

Time for Forest Service to return to roots

Letter: Environmental smokescreen evident

Forest Service unveils plan to fight climate change

Teen acquitted in 4,000-acre blaze

Tree Farm Saved By Volunteer Firefighters

BLM will pay for a new helipad at Twin Falls airport

Too close to home


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