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Friday, April 10, 2009


After proving their worth on wildfires in San Diego County last year, it looks like funding to bring CL-415s back again this year has dried up; and, due to funding shortages, Santa Maria Air Attack Base operations are being scaled back in California. Like child predators, many feel that arsonists should also be identified and tracked, as an LA Times article details. Nevada firefighters are deploying hundreds of sheep to reduce the fire hazard on hillsides in that state; and Gila National Forest in New Mexico has been having a bad time with human-caused wildfires. They're having a hot time of it in Texas, as the next five articles show (an executive from Fort Worth-based ExxonMobil told me today that they could smell wildfire smoke even that far away from the fires); and Oklahoma had some as well, as explained in the next two. A small wildfire was sparked by another fallen power line, this time in Massachusetts; and in a state that sees over 1,000 acres burned every year, Connecticut is warning residents about fire danger. Firefighters from several departments helped knock down a wildfire in North Carolina yesterday; but Hernando County, Florida, is seeing a major increase in acreage burned by wildfires this year. Incorporating the latest technological advances, a wildfire center will be constructed in British Columbia, Canada, in 2010; and Cuban Forest Rangers are celebrating an anniversary. Don't plan on moving to Victoria's Yarra Valley anytime soon - housing prices are skyrocketing due to a shortage of homes after the bushfires there. And finally, two symbols of hope amid the bushfire devastation in Victoria: a Good Friday Appeal tin was pulled out of the debris in Victoria; and Australia's ambassador for bushfire-injured wildlife is doing well, giving people hope even as wildlife support organizations scramble to help injured wildlife (you can watch the video of Sam's initial encounter with Australian firefighters here).

No Super Scoopers This Year To Help Fight Fires

Wings clipped for fire tankers

New push for national registry for arsonists

Sheep help prevent wildfires

Humans cause 3 Gila wildfires

Wildfires destroy 2 Texas towns, kill 2

North Texas wildfires claim third victim, spur evacuations

Gov. Perry calls FEMA to assist with wildfires

Wildfires kill 3, scorch more than 100,000 acres

Agriboard plant in Electra was destroyed by wildfire

Devastating Oklahoma fires come plainly into view Friday morning

Official says huge Midwest City blaze intentionally set

Fallen electrical line sparks Orleans forest fire

Forest fire danger levels are a concern right now

Wildfire burns 65 acres in N.C.

County reports 900 acres torched by wildfire

Provincial Wildfire Coordination Centre makes Kamloops its new home

Anniversary 50th of the Cuban Forest Rangers Day

Housing squeeze on in Yarra Valley after bushfires

Good Friday Appeal tin survives Victoria's bushfires

Sam the koala wins hearts

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