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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Our first wildfire story today includes a YouTube video that shows the moonscape that has replaced the once-verdant Angeles National Forest due to the Station Fire; followed by a photo tour of a fire-resistant home in tony Malibu. Electric utility customers in the San Fernando Valley can expect their bills to go up as a utility seeks to recoup losses from the wildfires, plus the increased insurance rates utilities now pay. And speaking of financial matters, the Wall Street Journal takes a behind-the-scenes look at the US Forest Service folks who keep track of the money used to fight wildfires; followed by an article that discusses the division of cost between US Forest Service and other agencies as the Station Fire begins to move into the rehabilitation phase. Yucaipa will have an emergency preparedness open house for local residents tomorrow. In the second installment of a two-part Op-Ed piece from San Diego, a commentator gives credit to Senator Feinstein for being a lone voice speaking out about fire prevention after the 2007 wildfires. The peril of wildfire smoke for the elderly and people with respiratory problems is examined in an article from San Luis Obispo. CAL FIRE jumped on a wildfire near Ukiah yesterday with a half dozen airtankers and a pair of bulldozers; followed by an article about restoration plans for a fire lookout tower in Central California that will be discussed in a meeting next week at the headquarters for the Tahoe National Forest. A snapshot of wildfires burning in Oregon is provided by the next item; while a wildfire in southwest Montana is being allowed to burn in order to clear out down trees and ladder fuels. An Incident Management Team member from West Virginia gives an inside view of some of the disasters, including wildfires, that he's had to help manage. As Ontario, Canada, reports only one new wildfire, nearly 100 firefighters are returning from fighting wildfires in other parts of Canada; and Manitoba reports that only 2,800 acres of back country burned this year. Members of the European Parliament are lobbying for quick release of funds to aid survivors of wildfires in Southern Europe. Ten people were killed and thousands of acres have been burned in Zimbabwe, Africa. An Op-Ed from Victoria, Australia, underscores the importance of the government acting on recommendations of both the current Royal Bushfire Commission and others which stretch back as far as 1984; while a bushfire group in that state is supportive of the new bushfire warning system. Although farmers took losses in the Black Saturday bushfires just like other residents of Victoria, some homeowners credit them with having prevented an even worse disaster. Political red tape is apparently hampering distribution of much-needed firefighting funds in New South Wales; but a resident of that state has done extensive preparation for bushfire season on his property; even as bushfires burned over weekend in the area. The Environment Department, Forestry SA, and SA Water are working together for the first time to conduct joint burn-off operations in South Australia.

Angeles Crest Highway drive reveals moonscape in wake of Station fire

A Malibu retreat that is modern, fresh and fire resistant

Utilities aim to tap customers to pay costs of wildfires

In Fighting Wildfires, They Also Serve Who Keep the Books

Personnel shift at Station Fire

Yucaipa co-hosting emergency preparedness open house

Larry Herzog: What policy makers should do on wildfires

Wildfire smoke’s toll: A fact of life ... and sometimes death

Fire quickly extinguished in Redwood Valley

Forest hideaway

Progress made on wildfires in Willamette National Forest

Lily Lake forest fire grows to 707 acres

Firefighting teams praised

Tuesday forest fire report

No forest fires burning in Manitoba

Release EU funds to help victims of forest fires, European Parliament says

10 die in Zim bush fires

Brumby must explain fire-prevention delays

New code-red warnings the right step, says bushfire group

'Farmers key to stopping fire spread'

Fireys' funds fizzling out as bureaucracy bites

Maclean cuts bushfire risk

Anxious times as Gulaga bushfire flares

Joint effort to reduce bushfire risk

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