In the news today, the danger of wildfires in Southern California has been reduced due to recent rains and snow, but some marijuana farmers lost a valuable harvest due to a wildfire - but not in the way you might imagine... An article discusses parallels between chaparral and wax paper, while Oregon fire officials have ruled a wildfire that cost over $1 million to suppress was human caused. Climatologists have been educating USFS officials about alterations to the ecosystem due to climate change, and Utah firefighters received L-380 Advanced Fireline Leadership training. Alabama fire officials have tallied over 15,000 acres of timber lost to arsonists since October 2007 in that state, and South Dakota was burning slash piles, alarming some residents who thought it might be a wildfire. In Malaysia, forest officials are taking extreme measures to reduce illegal burning and the consequent forest fires that can burn out of control in the dry season, while Australian fire officials are warning residents of Wellington to prepare for bushfires, which have cost the government $12 million since 2003.
This will be the last issue of News Of The Day until January, 2009. I hope you have enjoyed the issues and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Officials lower fire danger level after week of snowfall
El Dorado Forest Fire Snuffed Pot Ring
SCV Outdoor Report: Part 3 - Aftermath Of A Wildfire
S. Oregon fire ruled human caused
Forest Service ramps up climate-change information
Training for wildfires
Arsonists destroy thousands of acres of woodlands each year
Controlled burn shakes up homeowners
Action to restore ecology in Raja Musa Forest Reserve
NRMA issues bushfire warning