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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


A story from Colorado leads off the news today, with an update on the wildfire burning at Fort Carson; followed by an update on the Hog Fire in Arizona, which is now 15% contained. Texas firefighters corralled a 50-acre wildfire; while Central Florida is having problems with small, wind-driven wildfires doing damage. Authorities are declaring victory (sort of) over the bushfire threat as rain and cooler temperatures arrive; but now the administrative battles begin, such as officials having to decide whether relief funds will be available to help those who suffered losses in the bushfires, but have no fire insurance; and whether those who have lost their homes to bushfires may be able to get assistance on temporary housing from the government. A fight is looming in South Australia as some politicians place fire safety over environmental concerns; and the bill from the bushfires in Victoria continues to grow, as shown by the next article. A couple of articles on how technology could help in future bushfire battles: the RAAF has put a P-3 electronics and surveillance aircraft on standby alert in case it's needed to map bushfires; and successful use of SMS-type communications could be used as a blueprint for future bushfire warning systems. Every cloud has a silver lining, and the one provided by the recent Victoria bushfires seems to be for the construction industry. And finally, talk about a lucky Aussie, this guy has cheated death twice in the past few days!

Fire at Fort Carson grows to 6,500 acres

Crews gain some containment on Hog wildfire near Douglas

Firefighters contain brush fire in Sandia

Bone-Dry Conditions Spur Multiple Brush Fires

Worst is over for Victoria bushfires

Decision on whether bushfire appeal funds will help uninsured imminent

Bushfire victims to pay rent for temporary homes

Libs bid to change vegetation laws in SA

Insurance claims from Victoria bushfires pass $1 billion mark

Defence on standby for Victorian bushfire emergency

Bushfire SMS to assist in warning system development

Bushfires open doors for apprentices

Tree falls on Sassafras firefighter’s home days after he survived a tanker fire

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