Parts of a catalytic converter apparently sparked a Southern California wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes last year; but with millions of acres of beetle-killed pines in the Rocky Mountain states, officials are begging for more aid from the federal government to clear them out before wildfires erupt. A $5,000 bounty for information about a serial arsonist in Idaho has been offered by authorities; and a wildfire burned more than 50 acres outside a Michigan township over the weekend. With an estimated $175 million in Canadian timber and property at risk, British Columbia's largest wildfire is still not contained; even as thousands of lightning strikes have forced a burn ban in Alberta, Canada, as well as sparking lots of wildfires. Despite having hundreds of firefighters on the line, supported by dozens of fixed-wing and helicopter air-tankers, Alberta fire authorities are asking neighboring provinces for help; while a wildfire in Saskatchewan, Canada, is burning near a famed naturalist's cabin. A wildfire that broke out on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, has been contained by firefighters; but neighboring Turkey's air units have started massive forest fires while bombing suspected PKK terrorist hideouts in Northern Iraq. With an El Nino effect drying the region out, Indonesia and its neighbors are bracing for severe wildfires this year. According to testimony at the Royal Bushfire Committee hearings in Melbourne, Australia, the Country Fire Authority's volunteers are losing heart, feeling that they're being misused by the Department of Sustainability and Environment when fighting bushfires. Improvements to Country Fire Authority's bushfire warnings are being suggested as well. And finally, the winner for world's best carbon trap is - Victoria's mountain ash forests!
Debris from car caused fire that burned 314 homes
Beetle-ravaged forests prompt pleas for aid
Reward for information in arson wildfires
Forest fire scorches over 50 acres
No end in sight to southern B.C.’s largest wildfire
70,000 lightning strikes blamed for wildfires
Alta. calls for wildfire help
Forest fire burns close to Grey Owl's cabin
Fire on Mt. Hymettus Contained
Turkish Bombs Cause Forest Fires in North Iraq
More severe forest fires possible
CFA's spirit 'almost dead'
CFA bushfire warnings on Black Saturday 'confusing'
Australian Forests Best at Locking Up Carbon