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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.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009


We start Wildfire News Of The Day today with Rich Brooks, of the San Bernardino Press-Enterprise, delivering another detailed article about the importance of California in breaking new ground in aerial firefighting; followed by an in-depth look at this state's wildfire situation. Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk, which did yeoman service flying surveillance on wildfires last year, has reached a milestone that shows its reliability and endurance. Wildfires in Monterey County are nearing 500 acres burned and have cost over $1.5 million to fight; while the weather is not cooperating with firefighters battling blazes in Northern California. Not only do wildfires destroy communities, they also create them, as the next article from Oregon shows; while quick work by Colorado firefighters halted a wildfire mere feet from residences yesterday; and a 3,000 acre blaze in Colorado is now 50% contained. South Dakota firefighters are looking towards a busy month ahead due to dry vegetation throughout the state; and in anticipation of that, South Dakota fire officials have put a Single Engine Air-Tanker (SEAT) on immediate standby. The Kootenai Creek Fire in Montana has more than doubled to over 2,000 acres following a shift in the wind; even as Wyoming firefighters dread what wildfires may do when they hit stands of beetle-killed trees. A look at Alaska's wildfires, which have burned over 2.5 million acres this year, is up next.And Wyoming is not the only place to worry about beetle-killed trees, as the next article from British Columbia looks at some of the sources of fuel for the raging wildfires in that Canadian province. Fire agencies in BC are organizing city firefighters to mount a last stand when wildfires threaten structures; but not everyone is sorry about the Canadian wildfires: with over 400 helicopters engaged in fighting wildfires in British Columbia, helicopter firms are finding a bounty of business! Canada's Disaster Relief Act should help to pay much of the $61 million in fire suppression costs already incurred by BC this year; as Australian fireys are being dispatched to help fight wildfires there. Ontario's wildfire season continues to be mild, so they have dispatched a pair of CL-415s to British Columbia to help; and as lightning continues to spark new wildfires in The Yukon, firefighters are warning residents to be prepared to evacuate. Malaysia's capital is being inundated with the smoky haze emitted by wildfires in Malaysia and nearby Indonesia. Topping a list of eighteen recommendations for improving bushfire response in Australia's states is better communications, according to a new report. Having survived the Black Saturday bushfires, Sam the koala must now survive abdominal surgery to remove life-threatening tumors. Fire brigades in Australia's Capital Territory have received some much-needed equipment to help them in the upcoming fire season; but Australian National University got into a bit of a spat with their insurance carriers over bushfire claims, which a court would not uphold. And finally, firefighters in Austin, Texas, had to put out a fire at one of their stations - not once, but twice!

State a 'testing ground' for firefighting air tankers

Officials: CA could face devastating fire season

Northrop Grumman-Built Global Hawk Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft Reaches 25,000 Combat Hours

UPDATE: Ponderosa Fire in southern Monterey County

Wind stymies firefighting burnout operations

FIRE: Wildfire creates new city

Basalt wildfire narrowly misses homes

Crews contain 50% of northwest Colo wildfire

As Hills and Plains dry out, officials prepare for a fiery August

SEAT Firefighting Tanker On Standby

Kootenai Creek fire: Blaze blows up

Beetle-killed trees make fire unpredictable

Fire grows on Murphy Dome near Fairbanks

Pine Beetles, debris fueling wildfires

Urban fire departments brought in to protect buildings from B.C. wildfires

Wildfires are big business for chopper firms

Prime Minister says federal financial help is likely for B.C. forests fires

Canada calls on Australian help as forest fires rage

Tuesday forest fire update

Fire officials prepare for potential evacuation

Malaysia hit with haze from forest fires

Fire agencies to improve communications

Sam the koala faces new battle for survival after illness

New tankers strengthen rural fire fighting force

Court dismisses ANU bushfire damages bid

Texas firefighters respond to own building _ twice

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