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Monday, February 02, 2009


Leading off the wildfire news for today, a small wildfire outside Los Angeles caused by a burning car on the 210 freeway spread to about 20 acres on Sunday before it was finally extinguished by firefighters, and in what is sure to be a contentious meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings in San Diego County to discuss new regulations for power companies in light of the wildfires caused by sparking power lines. USFS is going to be doing some vegetation clearance in the San Bernardino National Forest to reduce fire risk to communities there, and a press release about the Aerial Firefighting Conference coming up later this month follows. Texas Forest Service reported 163 fires across their state last week, but were pleased to get some much-needed rain, which reduced the fire danger a bit. USFS is involved in some controversy over expansion of a small airstrip in Montana, while firefighters from Virginia and North Carolina were implementing controlled burns in the Dismal Swamp region, site of a mammoth wildfire last year. In New Zealand, firefighters both on the ground and in the air battled a blaze they worried might head into a beachside community there, and Australian arson inspectors are hot on the trail of arsonists in Victoria state after record heat last week. Bushfires in Victoria are also highlighted in the following four articles: the first about financial assistance for those who suffered losses in the bushfires; the second discussing problems from lightning strikes; the third about counting the cost of the bushfires there which destroyed over 100 structures; and the fourth which recounts how devastating the heat was to the region (including damage to, of all things, the metal supports on a ferris wheel!) We end today with a cliffhanger (literally) as members of CAL FIRE rescued a motorcyclist who was injured in the Los Padres National Forest over the weekend.

Brushfire near the 210 Freeway

REGION: Utilities Commission sets March hearings

Forest brush-clearing project to ease threat

Tangent Link looks forward to another Aerial Firefighting Conference Success in Anaheim

East County fires consume nearly 60 acres over weekend

Forest Service explains airport’s fire importance

Controlled burns planned in Dismal Swamp

Firefighters fear for community

Arsonists hunted as Australian wildfires raze homes

Vic Govt guarantees bushfire assistance

Lightning strikes spark more bushfires in Victoria

Gippsland farmers assess bushfire damage

Australian bushfire threat falls with record temperatures

Cal Fire launches cliff rescue in the Los Padres National Forest

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