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Monday, June 29, 2009


In wildfire news today, Los Angeles County firefighters jumped on a wildfire outside of Gorman, California; and firefighters aided by aircraft fought a small wildfire to a standstill in Northern California Saturday. Washington state's budget shortfalls have impacted their inmate firefighter program; but the problem of unbridled housing developments in the WUI is revisited by Ray Rasker, executive director of Headwaters Economics, in an article from Colorado. All seven of Manitoba's firefighting air-tankers will be outfitted with infra-red sensors (FLIR) and other enhancements to make them more capable in fighting fires in that Canadian province. A wildfire in the province of Labrador caused the evacuation of cabins in the area over the weekend. Wildfires continue to scorch the Himalayan foothills of India, as the next story shows. The recollections of a Country Fire Authority captain on Black Saturday were part of the testimony heard by the Royal Bushfire Commission in Melbourne, Australia. ESRI will be working with Australian mappers on the ground nationwide to avoid the mapping problems encountered during and after the Victoria bushfires. Additional funds are being offered to Victoria residents who are homeless due to the Black Saturday bushfires that destroyed over 2,000 homes; and funding to help rebuild homes in Victoria's bushfire-ravaged areas will be expanded to include vacation homes lost in the fires. While the value of bushfire refuges is still be debated in Australia, the island of Tasmania is considering adopting such a plan. And finally, Simon and Garfunkel surprised concert-goers outside of Melbourne as they reunited to help raise funds for bushfire relief.

Wildfire scorches 120 acres in Gorman

UPDATED: Fire crews hold fire near Big Bend to five acres

Fewer inmates to fight fires due to state budget cuts

Funds to fight fires going up in smoke

Firefighting aircraft upgraded

Forest fire forces evacuation of Labrador cabins

Forest fires ravage Himachal flora, fauna

CFA captain knew bushfire had potential to 'wipe out' area

Fire mapping teams go national

$33m more assistance for bushfire survivors

Bushfire appeal set to include holiday homes

Bushfire refuge plan

Simon and Garfunkel Play For Bushfire Victims

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