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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Wildfire News Of The Day will be on hiatus all next week, returning on 11/9. The LA Times takes another look at mistakes made in the early hours of the Station Fire that allowed it to become a monster; even as TreePeople, along with actress Victoria Principal, are raising funds to help restore Angeles National Forest following the devastation of the fire. SDG&E and Cox Communications have agreed to pay out $17 million in settlements for wildfires started in San Diego County in 2007 by their equipment. A study published in Open Forest Science Journal argues that the Forest Service should not be clearing out dead trees that clutter forested areas, as told in an article from Arizona; but firefighters are once again planning a controlled burn in northern Arizona, where a previous burn that got out of control burned thousands of acres a few weeks ago. A program on FireWise landscaping will be conducted in a Texas community next week; while firefighters in Illinois will be conducting a controlled burn in a wetland area south of Chicago. Forest owners in Alberta, Canada, are asking the federal government to set controlled burns to halt the advance of the destructive bark beetle into their stands of timber. Citizens of the African nation of Ghana are lobbying for fire officials to form anti-bushfire committees as the dry season approaches. Firefighters in New Zealand battled a 200 acre blaze with some help from a helicopter air-tanker, as the next two articles show. A report from Victoria has revealed the pay raises for Country Fire Authority leadership in that state; and former heads of South Australia's Country Fire Service weigh in on the issue of appropriate firefighting aircraft for that region, with comments by Wildfire NOTD subscriber David Cant, the current CFS Aviation Services Manager. There is also a debate between Tasmanian fire chiefs past and present, over whether houses are 'blacklisted' by firefighters during bushfires.

Missed opportunities let Station fire become a disaster

Angeles Forest Fire Restoration, $25,000 Gift Kicks Off $250,000 Goal

Companies to pay $17M in San Diego wildfires case

Woodman, spare that snag

Four hundred acres to be ignited

Learning about wildfire awareness and landscape

County plans controlled burn of Elgin wetland area

Alberta forest industry wants Ottawa to take over front-line beetle fight

Chiefs should form anti-bushfire committees- Obeng-Forson

Firefighters battled scrub fire in Northland

Firefighters dampen blaze

Top brass enjoy big pay rises

Heat on CFS fireplan

TFS denies unofficial 'no-go' policy for high-risk bushfire areas

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