Leading off wildfire news, local businesses are helping reforest state parks burned by wildfires in San Bernardino and San Diego Counties in Southern California; and amid winds of 60-70 miles per hour, a wildfire cropped up in the desert resort of Palm Springs to the east of Los Angeles, California, on Friday. In Oregon, federal stimulus money is already being utilized to reduce the fire danger. A wildfire drill in Prescott, Arizona, provided useful training for 16 local agencies; but in Sunizona a wildfire was burning near the area where one burned a week or so ago. Ham radio operators in Colorado discuss the versatility and importance of amateur radio folks during wildfires and other emergencies. A large wildfire in Oklahoma forced evacuations Saturday afternoon; while an 8,000 acre wildfire in the Texas Panhandle that has damaged a dozen homes and threatened hundreds more has forced authorities to evacuate some residents. A debris fire in Wisconsin sparked a small blaze. Two stories that are studies in extremes up next: a SEAT will be at the ready in Pennsylvania as they work their way through the wildfire season; followed by a story about how NASA will announce it's findings on April 7th to US Forest Service leadership in Boise, Idaho, in regards to the efficacy of the DC-10 and 747 air-tankers for aerial firefighting (and the cost thereof). In the Caribbean, a wind-driven wildfire with a 10-km flame front is burning in a remote section of Cuba. Having already raised $17 million for bushfire relief, The Australian Salvation Army will be selling a 288-page book that documents the Black Saturday bushfires in hopes of raising still more money; while performers plan to do a benefit to provide funds for aid to wildlife injured in the Black Saturday bushfires. And finally, a portion of Victoria state has so much overgrowth along roads that a recent fire study calls the area a 'time bomb' that could trap residents in a future bushfire.
Stater Bros., Coca Cola to raise money for re-forestation in fire-damaged state parks
Firefighters near containment on Palm Springs fire
Stimulus funds put locals to work, cutting fire risk
Wildfire drill 'saves' Pioneer Park revelers
Wildfire near Sunizona
Ham radio to the rescue — ARES fills communication gaps
BREAKING NEWS: Area fire departments battling large wildfire near Cleo Springs
Texas town of 1,400 evacuated as fires approach
Osseo fire burns 100 acres
DCNR has plane ready for firefighting
NASA review finds jumbo jets can fight some fires
Forest Fire Affects San Felipe Plateau in Camagüey
Bushfire tribute book to support victims
Auction to benefit animals hurt in bushfires
Yarra Ranges called a fire risk 'time bomb'