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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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


First up in wildfire news today, the North County Times reports on pivotal hearings in San Diego over wildfires sparked by power lines; and as wildfires in Texas continued to burn, EMS personnel from around San Diego County were dispatched to help out in that state. A small wildfire in Colorado was quickly extinguished by firefighters; but a debris fire scorched several acres in South Dakota. As firefighters in Michigan are coping with grass fires, advice is provided to residents of communities there; but Louisiana is feeling the budget crunch, as their department of agriculture faces a 25% cut in funding, impacting forest fire protection. With meteorologists predicting several months of dry weather ahead, firefighters in Florida are already reporting a busier-than-usual wildfire season. The United Nations weighed in on the impact on wood product providers caused by the financial crisis reducing orders, coupled with increasing threats to forests from wildfires as the climate warms. Firefighters in an Ontario, Canada, town are excited about their new six-wheel firefighting buggy that will be a big help in fighting forest fires; but five South African firefighters were injured while battling a wildfire on that region's landmark - Table Mountain. NASA provides some striking photos showing smoke plumes in the Himalayas; followed by a story about wildfires burning on the border with India that have sent thick smoke into the capital of Tibet. After a stormy first session of the royal commission looking into the Victoria bushfires, officials may be rethinking the remaining sessions (body armor, anyone?) A Member of Parliament was also disappointed that the Australian government is not commissioning a Parliamentary inquiry into the Black Saturday bushfires. Arson investigators have linked a Sydney bushfire with a 21-year-old whose jersey was found at the scene; followed by two stories of supporting players during Black Saturday: first a story of how a US Air Force C-5 Galaxy became the world's largest retardant-carrying aircraft (okay, so they just transported 52 tons of retardant from California, they didn't actually bomb the fire); the second provides some insights into veterinarians helping treat livestock injured in the bushfires. And finally, Sam the Koala, who was rescued from the bushfires, is gaining in star power, with an agent and possible book and movie deals, prompting one to ask what's next - koala groupies?

REGION: CPUC holds hearing on fire prevention rules

Emergency responders to shadow Texas firefighters

Wildfire scorches 9 acres

Fire smolders near Keystone

Fields afire across county

Forestry may lose firefighters

Relief from fires, drought proves elusive

UN: Financial Crisis Puts Pressure on World's Forests

Specialized ATV to aid rescues, firefighting in forests, ponds

S.African landmark Table Mountain ablaze

NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 18, 2009 - Forest Fires in Nepal

Tibetan towns shrouded in heavy forest fire smoke

Angry residents attend bushfires inquiry

Fran Bailey wants bushfires inquiry

DNA leads to charges over bushfire

Airmen represent U.S. military at airshow 'down under'

Back from a bushfire 'war zone'

Australian koala now has agent, possible book and movie deals

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