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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, December 18, 2008


First up in wildfire news today, an editorial on opposing viewpoints over the Corral Fire in the Malibu Bowl area last year, followed by a Firewise dissertation on how to protect your home from wildfires. As feared when news of improprieties in the Department of the Interior made the news, Sage Grouse population/habitat data was tampered with, detailed in the next article. Next up, a video about arson detection training in Florida, and the Great Dismal Swamp reopens after extensive wildfires there earlier this year. On the technology front, a newer, lighter thermal scanner is on the market, allowing both structure firefighters and wildland firefighters to detect heat signatures much more reliably, something that is of paramount importance when scanning for hot spots after a wildfire is contained (the Sierra Fire broke out in Orange County, California, over a week after a controlled burn reignited after it had been deemed extinguished, suppression cost: almost $5 million). Heading overseas, Viet Nam is working with international funding to protect forested areas of that country from fires, and India has determined that over 50% of their forested areas need protection from fires as well. On Australia's Kangaroo Island, researchers have determined that massive bushfires there in recent years have not had a significant impact on the Platypus population. And finally, another feel-good story about firefighters braving fire and smoke to rescue cats caught in a house fire.

Malibu Wildfire and ‘Arson’ Justice

Yes, Homes CAN Survive Wildfires

Ex-Interior official who skewed sage grouse ruling interfered with

Wildfire Origin and Cause Determination Training

Entrance to Dismal Swamp, lake reopens to autos Monday

Thermal imaging cameras help firefighters beat heat

Global project helps protect vast swathe of central region’s forest

Forest Fires

Platypus tough out bushfires

Firefighters brave smoke-filled room to save family's cats

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