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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.

Monday, July 20, 2009


In wildfire news today, a pair of articles from the San Bernardino Sun highlight two big guns available to fight wildfires in Southern California: the DC-10 and the 747 air-tankers. A pair of environmentalists is disputing the claim that wildfires are putting harmful amounts of smoke into the air; and a wind-driven wildfire near Bishop has burned over 2,000 acres and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people. A teen's car that crashed in Napa County caused a small wildfire; but a wind-driven wildfire in Central California burned 175 acres in 106 degree temperatures. A small wildfire near Reno, Nevada, was quickly surrounded by firefighters; while elsewhere in that state, lightning-sparked wildfires burned near Las Vegas. A small wildfire is burning in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest. A small wildfire that cropped up on Fort Carson, Colorado, was contained quickly over the weekend; and a brief summary of Colorado wildfires follows. A summary of wildfires in Texas is up next; followed by the story of a wildfire in Montana that was been held to about 300 acres. A mystery faces national park and firefighting folks: where is an abundance of ammonium coming from? As wildfires spread south of Kamloops, British Columbia, evacuations were the order of the day, recounted by two articles; Canadian officials were sending in their best commanders to help tackle it; and are now planning a counter-offensive. Despite an abundance of fire activity in its western neighbors, the Canadian province of Quebec is enjoying reduced fire activity this year. The next article looks at Spanish wildfires over the weekend. Lacking aerial firefighting assets of their own, forestry officials in Rwanda called in their air force helicopters to battle a wildfire; while endangered mountain gorillas are fleeing the flames to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The importance of educating the public of the wildfire danger in India is discussed in the next article. The next two articles underscore the similarities between San Diego County, California, and Australia in regards to wildfires: Australian fire managers are considering more military involvement in future bushfires; and with losses from bushfire payouts topping $1 billion, Australian insurance companies are lobbying the government to impose a fire levy on homeowners. Claiming mental illness as the cause of an arsonist's bushfire spree, defense attorneys are appealing her arson convictions; but, having had quite enough excitement during the Black Saturday bushfires, residents of Marysville, Victoria, are enjoying boring routines. And finally, a new firefighting tool that can blast through concrete and steel to open vent holes in structures has been unveiled in Sweden.

DC-10 a tried and true favorite

Jet hedges past DC-10 to be biggest firefighting air tanker

Ecologists decry efforts to douse recent Calif. wildfire

Lightning starts fires in Inyo National Forest, 625 people evacuated

Firefighters contain Napa Co. vegetation fire

Nacimiento Lake fire burns 175 acres Sunday, now 70 percent contained

Firefighters respond quickly to Cold Springs blaze

Lightning ignites 30 wildfires in mountains near Vegas

Wildfire burns in Jemez

Fort Carson Wildfire Sparked By Lightning

Wildfire in western Colorado temporarily shuts down westbound I-70

Crews still battling wildfires throughout Texas

Hundreds of acres burn near Anaconda

Trend worsening for pollutant in 16 national parks

11,000 Canadian flee forest fires

Glenrosa Fire Partially contained 6:35pm

Top wildfire managers sent to battle West Kelowna blaze

Crews plan aggressive attack on B.C. wildfires

Quiet Year for Forest-Fires

Forest fire grips region

Rwanda: Wildfires Spread Into Uganda

Bush fires forcing rare mountain gorillas to flee to DRC

JFMCs involve in prevention and control of forest fire

Army 'needs bigger role' after bushfires

Insurers want wider fire levy

Harrogate arsonist Helen White 'can't remember fire'

Young bushfire survivors revelling in routine

Swedish hi-tech 'snake' blazes trail to safer firefighting

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