As homeowners in Southern California's burn areas breath a sigh of relief over the lack of mudslides after a major rainstorm, CBS news asks whether US Forest Service mismanaged the Station Fire that left the hillsides denuded of vegetation; while the Ventura Fire Chief provides information on how homeowners can do their part to cut down on destructive wildfires. As temperatures cool and rain arrives in northern parts of California, CALFIRE is canceling contracts and releasing seasonal firefighters; and officials from Central California weigh in on the issue of proper forest management. There will be a fundraiser for a Hotshot from California who was severely injured after being run over accidentally by a water tender in September. Arson investigators in Colorado believe that a downed power line probably sparked a small wildfire yesterday; while, on the technology front, Colorado State University has received a substantial grant to help develop a lightweight, water-cooled suit for firefighters to help keep their core temperature under control while fighting fires. The jury trial of the man accused of accidentally starting a large wildfire in South Carolina has been delayed. A wildlife sanctuary in Mozambique was severely damaged by wildfires. A commission in Australia has determined something that firefighters probably don't want to hear: massive bushfires encourage arsonists! More town councils in Victoria are working with Country Fire Authority on preparations for safe havens in case of bushfires; even as Country Fire Authority struggles to hang on to their volunteer firefighters. A summary of bushfires burning across Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia is provided by the next four articles. Testimony from New South Wales homeowners who faced wind-driven bushfires is provided by the next article; while dozens of bushfires burned across Queensland yesterday.
Was Massive L.A.-Area Blaze Mismanaged?
Ask the Chief: Fire Department, community have roles in fighting wildfires
CalFire to release some seasonal employees
Forest management needed to reduce wildfire risks
California Wildland Firefighter Recovering After Water Tender Runs Over Her
Investigators believe power line started small wildfire
Liquid-Cooled Suit Could Soon Protect Firefighters
Trial Delayed In Fire That Sparked South Carolina Wildfire
Mozambique: Bush Fires Strike Gorongosa Sanctuary
Major bushfires may 'encourage arsonists': commission
Councils face big bushfire preparations task
CFA fights to keep numbers
Homes threatened as fires ravage three states
Bushfires spread: Fight to protect NSW village
Bushfires still burning in the Kimberley
Danger warnings as 600 battle fires in Queensland
Bushfire sparks 'night of terror'
Fire near Gateway Motorway causes traffic chaos