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Thursday, March 05, 2009


In wildfire news today, a pair of thieves nabbed robbing a home in Porter Ranch near Los Angeles, California, during the 2008 wildfire evacuations has been convicted; but Sierra Pacific Industries, a large logging firm, is closing a Northern California mill designed to process smaller trees provided by thinning programs. New Mexico is getting a fair number of acres burned by wildfires; and a Texas-based heavy air-tanker provided an assist to firefighters grappling with a wildfire in New Mexico. Military training produced the Quarry Fire that has burned over 6,500 acres on Fort Carson, Colorado; and the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (Colorado's firefighting headquarters) has put in a request for a heavy air-tanker and a helicopter air-tanker in light of the worsening fire conditions in parts of that state. A northwestern Oklahoma town's citizens are getting a mandatory evacuation notice as a wildfire nears; while Texas counties are reporting increased wildfire activity, including one that started out as a controlled burn. The medical dimension of disasters, such as bushfires, will be addressed at a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, in May. Hot weather is putting fire agencies on alert in Viet Nam; while South Africa's largest city is surrounded by wildfires burning in the hills as they suffer through a region-wide drought. Australia's 'stay and defend' policy is reexamined in light of the fatalities wrought by bushfires on Black Saturday; and in a bizarre (though welcome) twist, snow fell in Victoria's alpine regions just a day after bushfire warnings there. Families of victims of the 'Black Saturday' bushfires anxiously awaited release of their remains by the coroner's office; but with echoes of the torturous path Line-Of-Duty-Death (LODD) claims in the US often follow, a firefighter's family in Australia may be denied benefits by authorities. And finally, better check the id on firefighters coming to your door - they may not be who they appear to be (although these fakes undoubtedly saved lives)!

Prison in burglary of home evacuated for wildfire

Logger withdraws from Calif. fire reduction effort

Chaves Co. burn estimated at 8,000 acres

Picacho fire about 50 percent contained

'Quarry Fire' was caused by C4 detonation training in the rock quarry on the west side of Ft. Carson

Center orders aircraft to help prepare for fires

Residents Being Asked To Leave As Fire Approaches Town

Wildfires rampant in Nacogdoches; commissioners pass 90-day burn ban

Academic to convey lessons of bushfires

Mekong Delta provinces take measures against forest fires

Heatwave fires Cape Town

Snow falls in Victoria just days after extreme bushfire alert

Victoria bushfires stay-or-go policy under fire

Bushfire victim ID process 'unprecedented', coroner says

Family of firefighter killed in bushfires may be denied compensation

Police Dress As Firefighters To Arrest NH Man

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