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Wildfire News Of The Day (the Archer Copywriting 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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 031109

Wildfire news leads off with an article from USA Today that cites January and February, 2009, as the driest two months on record, which could lead to more losses from both drought and wildfires. There were a number of wildfires in the Eastern US today, beginning with a pair in North Carolina: a small one singed about 30 acres; and a larger one burned 330 acres near some homes. Arsonists are apparently busy in Kentucky; while the Louisiana wildfires did considerable damage to forest groves, as detailed by the next article. A summary of the wildfires in West Virginia, along with weather predictions, is provided; and Florida firefighters had to deal with a wildfire near Gainesville. Heading overseas, a mother and daughter were killed by a forest fire in India, apparently the victims of traditional slash-and-burn farming; while another forest fire has Indian fire officials planning more preventative measures, as local populations are threatened. Yunnan Province, China, is having more problems with wind-driven wildfires; but a wildfire that has been raging in Jamaica since Sunday has finally been put out. A memorial service for Australian bushfire victims is scheduled for March 31st at London's Westminster Abbey. Good news for people who lost homes to the Black Saturday bushfires: they will be able to get $35,000 for rebuilding and $15,000 for possessions lost in the fires. The finger-pointing continues in Australia; including consternation of the Australian media that the government has pronounced all preliminary meetings of the bushfire commission closed, something which members of the opposition question. An elite team of West Australian firefighters returned home from Victoria with stories of the unbelievable destruction they had seen there. With input from over 150 faculty, Melbourne University is mobilizing their staff to aid in planning for future bushfire emergencies; but as another testament to the law of unintended consequences, the fallout from the bushfires is brewing a water war Down Under. And finally, English firefighters, who have undoubtedly rescued cats from trees, got a rather unusual call recently.

Record dry start to 2009 worries farmers, firefighters

Forest fire burns 30 acres near Edneyville

Wildfire threatened waterfront homes

Arson Suspected In Forest Fires

2 wildfires burn 2,500 acres, $3.5M in timber

Forest Fire Season

Firefighters battle 110-acre wildfire east of Gainesville

Mother, daughter killed in forest fire

Raging forest fire in Jharkhand a cause of concern

Forest Fire Spreads In Southwest China

Section of St. Elizabeth bush fire extinguished

London to host bushfire memorial

Victoria bushfire victims to get $50,000

Bushfires early warning did not go unheeded

Media shut out of Vic bushfire hearings

WA fire crews return from Victoria

Bushfire Recovery Initiative

Bushfires spark call for pipeline stop

Fire crew rescues raccoon from tree

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