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Thursday, March 19, 2009


In wildfire news today, a proposed housing project north of Escondido is drawing fire from critics, along with comments by Rick Halsey of the San Diego Regional Fire Safety Forum; and Raymond Lee Oyler has been condemned to death for murdering five firefighters by starting the Esperanza Fire. Southern Colorado is bracing for a bad fire season; and firefighters in a Texas county are probably regretting having canceled the burn ban. Two more stories from Texas: fire authorities put a price on the head of arsonists, which was boosted by a donation from a private organization; and a sparking power line brewed up a 3,000 acre fire elsewhere in that state. Another out-of-control control fire, this time in Missouri, burned a fair amount of acreage before being brought back under control; just at a time when, as temperatures rise, fire agencies in the heavily-wooded Ozarks are keeping a weather eye on the area; even as grass fires pop up in the hills, as described by the next article. Arkansas firefighters were in the process of corralling a 100-acre wildfire near a state park; but a Pennsylvania woman is lucky a couple of firefighters happened by on their way to a fire safety class - and got to practice their safety protocols for real! You find the darndest things in wildfires - in this case, New Jersey fire officials found a stolen backhoe! The Alabama Forestry Commission is having a talk 4/4/09 with interested parties about how not to become a victim of wildfires. With three buildings destroyed and fifteen homes threatened, a wildfire in Florida is keeping firefighters busy; and firefighters in that state reveal a trick of the trade in the next article. Fears that a massive Indian wildfire that has burned thousands of acres is not being properly dealt with are discussed in the following article. Even lush, tropical Vietnam has its problems with tinder dry forests right now. Heading Down Under, an insurance company is under the microscope in Australia due to a client claiming a $100,000 underpayment for his home that was destroyed in the Black Saturday bushfires; this at a time when the Australian government has handed out $5.9 million to survivors of the bushfires. Australian government officials are preparing to delve into the business of bushfire arson; followed by a story about the Healesville Wildlife Centre, where Sam the Koala was treated after firefighters brought her in from the wild. 'A friend in need is a friend indeed' was voiced in neighborhoods visited by the bushfires. And finally, talk about the hazards of firefighting, imagine having to fight a wildfire in an Indian tiger preserve!

Housing project in hot seat again

Death verdict for arsonist who killed 5 firefighters

Forest fire experts predict long summer

Wild Fires Spring Up After Burn Ban Lifted

Reward offered for information on arson attacks

Fifth fire at Powderhorn Ranch

Boone, Camden fires cover much acreage

Wildfire Threat Grows in Ozarks

Firefighters Injured Battling Grass Fires

Forest Fire Near Devil's Den State Park Under Control

Firefighters Save Woman Trapped In Brush Fire

Fire reveals stolen backhoe

Saving Yourself From Fire

Three Buildings Destroyed in Wildfire Near Gainesville

Forest officials use GPS to measure wildfire

No concrete efforts to put out forest fire in MP

20,000 hectares of Mekong forest on fire alert

Insurance giant AAMI accused of underpaying bushfire claim

8000 receive bushfire emergency payments

National forum to probe bushfire arson

Wildlife centre heals survivors of Australia fires

Bushfires prove a ‘wake-up call’

Fire in Sanjay Gandhi National Park’s tiger safari enclosure

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