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Tuesday, March 03, 2009


First up in wildfire news today, from the mouths of babes: some Sacramento, California, kids have proposed an innovative camera system to monitor forest areas for wildfires - something that earned their creation one of the coveted slots to be presented at the Copenhagen Climate Control Conference in Denmark (out of 13,000 applicants!) A wildfire in Arizona is burning through some canyon lands; and a small wildfire cropped up on a National Guard base near the area where a major blaze is now being contained in Central Texas. A grass fire brewed up in Oklahoma today, drawing in firefighting resources from several departments and also from Tinker Air Force Base; while fire authorities in South Dakota will be able to upgrade facilities at six air-tanker bases with the influx of some new funds. A 1-2 acre blaze was reported on a college campus in Florida, as well. Though not technically wildfire stories, the following two items do touch on the fuel issue: in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that environmental groups had to have a sharper focus to lawsuits aimed to reduce logging in forest lands; and an old-growth forest's role as a carbon sink for CO2 is explored in the next article. A forest fire has burned over 20,000 acres in Sanjay Gandhi National Park in India; while another article from India discusses fires throughout the region. A massive force of firefighters and apparatus were manning the lines as fire conditions worsened in Victoria, Australia; but hopefully their worst fears won't be realized, as some rain moved in to to quell the raging bushfires (although, unless it is a heavy rain, the bushfire threat will still remain). Purchase of Global Hawk surveillance UAVs has been cancelled by Australia's government, a move that could impact intel gathering over bushfires. Victoria police will get some much-needed rest due to South Australia providing several dozen police to spell them. And finally, in a bizarre twist, a Detroit firefighter apparently set his own fire station on fire!

Kids Propose Innovative Wildfire Prevention System

1,000-acre wildfire burning near Douglas

Another fire breaks out in Bastrop County

Wildfire Approaches Structures Near I-240, Choctaw Road

SOUTH DAKOTA: state gets $475,000 for Wildland Fire division

Update: Small Wildfire Flare Up Contained; Crews Still Monitoring Site

Court makes it harder to challenge forest rules

Great Bear a critical carbon sink, study finds

Fire strips national park of 10000 ha greens

Wildfire devastating forests in Madikeri

Australia Sends 5,000 Firefighters as Winds Fan Fires

Rain brings welcome relief

Canned drones a 'must have' for bushfire surveillance

SA police help in Vic bushfire zones

Sleepy firefighter sparks blaze in own firehouse

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