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Thursday, February 05, 2009


In wildfire news today, the Indiana workman who sparked the $20 million Catalina wildfire in 2007 has had his day in court, and the California Insurance Commissioner is vowing to settle every insurance claim filed after the Triangle Fire last November. A futuristic system for tracking aircraft over a wildfire will be showcased at the upcoming Aerial Firefighting Conference later this month, and speaking of high-tech, the California National Guard has expanded its ground firefighting capabilities with some new firefighting equipment that many fire agencies would probably love to have. San Bernardino County government officials are requesting an additional $10 million to add to the $70 million they've already received to clear beetle-killed trees in mountain areas. Despite the fact it's winter, red flag warnings went out in Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma today, as summarized by the next three articles. In Ghana, Africa, officials are stepping up efforts to educate the locals about the damage from bushfires (and the penalties for setting them maliciously), while the Vietnamese government has committed several billion (Vietnamese) dollars to fire mitigation in the Mekong Delta. Firefighters in South Africa are still battling a blaze that has torched over 2,000 acres, and police in Melbourne, Australia, have nabbed a suspected arsonist. Fire authorities in Victoria state are faced with unprecedented weather conditions they fear could lead to catastrophic bushfires this coming weekend, while hospitals in Adelaide, capital of South Australia, have postponed elective surgeries due to the numbers of heat-related cases flooding in as fire authorities braced for bushfires during the heat wave. A product that could be useful for Australians living in bushfire areas (and for anyone living in areas frequented by wildfires) is showcased next. And finally, in a story straight out of the Twilight Zone, a Wisconsin firefighter received an emergency call at a very familiar address...

Man pleads no contest in '07 Catalina wildfire

California Hosts Insurance Forum To Assist Triangle Fire Victims

SkyTrac Flying High With SATCOM For Aerial Firefighting

California Guard adds water trucks to firefighting inventory

Feds being asked for $10M for dead tree removal

Cold, dry weather prompts wildfire alert

High of 58, strong winds create wildfire danger, NWS says

Dangerous wildfire conditions today in northwestern Oklahoma

National Fire Service embarks on educational campaign

Kien Giang sets aside VND3 billion to fight forest fires during dry season

Wildfires rage in strong wind

Police arrest man over bushfires north of Melbourne

Vic fire risk 'worse than Ash Wednesday'

SA on heat, bushfire alert

Blockout roller shutters – best protection against bushfires

Firefighter hears call for fire at his home

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