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Saturday, March 21, 2009

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 032109

Coinciding with the sentencing of Raymond Lee Oyler for killing five federal firefighters by starting the Esperanza Fire, the official report on the fire will be available in late March; but people interested in seeing the Hemet-Ryan air-attack base up-close and personal, with possible air-tanker demonstrations, will have an opportunity in May. Four studies provide some insight into best practices for fuel treatment, as detailed by the next article; something which US Forest Service foresters in New Mexico should probably read, as they cope with over 20,000 acres of invasive plants. USFS is going to close a decrepit air-tanker base in Montana. A wildfire in Texas that burned two structures and threatened nearly 100 homes is finally about 80% contained; while First Responders in the panhandle region of Texas are upgrading their communications to digital systems for better networking during wildfires and other emergencies. Firefighters from 15 departments tackled wildfires in Indiana; and an area in New Jersey (where the stolen backhoe mentioned a few days ago was discovered) has had its second arson blaze this week. A small wildfire caused some headaches for Savannah, Georgia, firefighters. A trio of stories out of Florida today: motorists in Volusia County, Florida, are still coping with thick smoke obscuring the road as over a dozen wildfires continue to burn; residents of northeast Florida are being warned about worsening wildfire conditions there, with a reminder of massive fires in similar conditions in 1988; and the last article in the set details how much USFS spent to fight the Juniper Fire in Florida, saving some money in the bargain! Like its neighbors in the Himalayas, Bhutan has had a rash of wildfires over the past few days; and speaking of its neighbors, a large wildfire continues its slow march through rural India. A town nearly destroyed by the Black Saturday bushfires has been reopened so that residents can return. And finally, one of the last places you might expect to find wildfires - Molokai, in the Hawaiian Islands - is beefing up their capabilities (anyone want to sign up to fight fires there?)

Federal report on fatal Esperanza Fire due by end of month

Hemet-Ryan Air Show returns, slated for May

Fuel Removal And Prescribed Burns Reduce Wildfire Severity But May Invite Invasives

NM forest plans to tackle invasive plants

USFS closing Kalispell airtanker base

Crews Get Greenwood Fire Under Control

Emergency Radios Going Digital

Crews fight wildfires

Cops: 2 suspicious brush fires set in Lacey

80-acre wildfire contained

Fire near Orlando might shut I-4

Wildfire Conditions

Forest Service will be well under budget on Juniper Fire

Eighteen forest fires in nine dzongkhags reported last week

Forest fire spreads to Ciethu

Marysville residents return home six weeks after bushfires

Molokai gaining wildfire fighting independence

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