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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.

Friday, June 12, 2009


First up in wildfire news today, Rick Halsey of the San Diego Regional Fire Safety Forum sent along an item about a lawsuit against San Diego, California, authorities who plan to put in firebreaks by doing what Rick and the plaintiffs feel is excessive vegetation clearance. An in-depth study of eastern San Diego County's wildfire preparedness is provided by the next item; followed by another chapter in the ongoing saga of the Martin Mars from the North County Times. A by-product of previous wildfires, fine ash, is giving allergy sufferers in Santa Barbara something else to deal with this year. A landscape contractor accused of starting a week-long wildfire in Central California over a year ago has pleaded not guilty. An Op-Ed piece from Oregon argues that more needs to be done to prevent wildfires in that state. A wildfire along Arizona's Mexican border has scorched nearly 2,000 acres; followed by an update on the wildfires multiplying in New Mexico. Lee County, Texas, had hundreds of acres burn yesterday. Heading to Canada, nearly two dozen new wildfires have been sparked by lightning in British Columbia; but help is coming: firefighters from other Canadian provinces continue to arrive in British Columbia to help with worsening wildfires. Residents of Nova Scotia argue in the next article for the acquisition of an air-tanker for that Canadian province. A wildfire that erupted near Granada, Spain, was roped in by firefighters with support from air-tankers. Tourism may be impacted by expanding wildfires in Indonesia as the smoke chokes Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. With monsoon season still a few weeks away, Sri Lanka, off the southern tip of India, is calling on firefighters and their air force to battle a wildfire that has already burned several hundred acres. As the Royal Bushfire Commission hearings continue in Melbourne, Australia, it turns out that many residents living in bushfire-prone areas are not prepared to cope with a bushfire if it occurs. An Australian forest industry spokesman weighs in on the topic of fuel management in Victoria. The new bushfire warning system will take at least 3-4 months to implement in Victoria. Two stories that offer hope to bushfire survivors are up next: the clean-up effort is ahead of schedule; and some folks are doing a whole lot of knitting to provide wraps to help keep those living in tents warmer this winter. An historic WWII airfield in Darwin, Northern Territory, is being upgraded for a new enemy: bushfires. And finally, here's another unique 'watch out' for firefighters: swimming pools!

San Diego County Slash and Burn

How Prepared Is East County For The Next Wildfire? Budget Cuts Burn Some Local Agencies

LAKE ELSINORE: Martin Mars to arrive at lake June 20

Wildfire's Ash Effects Linked To Increase Of Allergy Symptoms

Man pleads not guilty to wildfire

Editorial: Lawmakers must act to prevent future catastrophic fires

Wildfire 25 miles east of Nogales burns 1,800 acres of grass and brush

Lightning sparks two new fires in Gila National Forest

Wildfire Scorches Lee County

22 new fires in Cariboo

Fires Crews from Alberta and Ontario Coming to B.C. To Help

N.S. needs a waterbomber: wildfire survivor

Forest Fire in Granada

Indonesia forest fires flare

Bush fires destroy jungles in Sri Lanka's upcountry

Most people never bushfire ready, expert says

Forest industry “does not support a ‘burn, burn, burn’ approach”

Bushfire warning changes will take time: commission told

Bushfire debris clean-up continues

Warm-hearted gesture helps bushfire victims

Wartime airfield in another battle role

Texas Firefighter Rescued from Pool During Blaze

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