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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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


First up in wildfire news today, fire authorities from San Diego comment on the wisdom of 'stay and defend' versus 'leave early', while grass fires plagued parts of Texas even as a burn ban was in effect. A wildfire in Alabama kept firefighters busy near Huntsville, but North Carolina dispatched a FAST unit to deal with a small wildfire in a rural area. Overseas, hundreds of acres of forest land has burned in a series of wildfires in Costa Rica, and Indian firefighters dealt with a small grass fire. Heading Down Under, a DVI team from New Zealand relates their experiences sifting through the bushfire-ravaged Australian landscape, but now that things are calming down in southern Australia, fire managers in the center of the continent are concerned about excessive fuel loads there after heavy rains promoted growth. Despite tough times financially, people are opening their wallets to donate to bushfire victims, however a thief who has twice stolen bushfire relief money was apprehended by police. A Royal Commission investigating the recent bushfires expects to have a report completed within 18 months, as the death toll from the bushfires reached a grim milestone today, and firefighters raced against time to protect vegetation around major reservoirs that supply Melbourne with water in order to avoid ash contamination of the city's water supply. And finally, a woman's dog saved her from a fire at home, but when she feared he had died in the fire, firefighters pulled off a rescue of the rescuer.

Australian Wildfires Have Lessons for San Diego

Fires continue to ravage Jack County

Crews Battle Forest Fire in Marshall County

Fire off Vannoy Road burns about 14 acres

Forest fire burns in northwestern Costa Rica's Barra Honda

Major fire spreads in Gir forest

Devastation after bushfires "mindblowing" - NZ officers

Increased grass fire risk in Central Australia

Bushfire appeal funds flowing

Man accused of stealing cash meant for bushfire victims remanded

Bushfire inquiry commits to 6-month timeline for urgent findings

Australia wildfire death toll reaches 200

Vic bushfires may affect water supplies

Dog Saves Woman, Firefighters Save Dog

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