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Friday, March 12, 2010

WILDFIRE NEWS OF THE DAY - 031210

An orchard owner in Ventura County is suing a business he claims was responsible for destruction of his orchards during a 2006 wildfire near Moorpark, our first wildfire story today (1); and CAL FIRE has posted their exhaustive 2010 Forest and Range Assessment, which contains details on wildfire activity in the state (2). The next article examines how a renewable energy plan in Oregon is turning forest fire debris into energy to light homes (3); while in Arizona, Maricopa County officials are asking the public to comment on a newly-unveiled wildfire protection plan (4). Utah State Forestry is attempting to reach a consensus with various groups about a wildfire protection plan in Willow Basin, but it's tough sledding (5); and Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources has unveiled Community Wildfire Protection Plans for several communities in Juneau County (6); even as Pennsylvania's governor has set aside next week as the state's official 'Wildfire Prevention Week' (7). Georgia State Forestry Commission conducted controlled burns on a US submarine base to reduce the wildfire risk there (8); but South Carolina forest owners are asking for greater protection from lawsuits stemming from debris fires that stray onto private land (9). Officials in Kelowna, British Columbia, stated that the Canadian community needed an up-to-date wildfire protection plan, since the last one was done in 2004 (10); while hundreds of grass fires set by Welsh youth caused fire officials to request assistance from parents to control their children (11). Officials in the Philippines have closed Mt. Pulag National Park to visitors due to the fire danger (12). Agricultural fires in northeastern India (so-called 'Jhum Cultivation') have claimed over half-a-dozen lives when controlled burns became wildfires (13); and four more people were killed by a wildfire in Thailand's Ratchaburi Province set by villagers clearing forest for agricultural purposes (14). As testimony continued at the bushfire compensation trial in Canberra, Australia, survivors who lost everything vented their grief over perceived inaction by fire agencies to extinguish the 2003 blaze (15); while a former Member of Parliament is pointing out that many recommendations made in earlier bushfire investigations, such as auditing bush clearance numbers, have generally been ignored everywhere but in Tasmania (16); and a fire investigator told a senate inquiry that more vegetation burns need to be done in several states (17). Firefighters in Western Australia had a number of bushfires to deal with (18); while poor visibility due to smoky air is being blamed for a minor collision between two heli-tankers which were reloading from adjacent dams during bushfires in New South Wales (19). In Victoria, both state and federal governments have announced a $10 million stimulus package for businesses in bushfire-ravaged communities (20). And finally, can I see a show of hands for how many would like to go fight a wildfire in India's Biligiri Ranganabetta Tiger Sanctuary!

(1) Plant that burned in 2006 a fire hazard, expert testifies

(2) Forest and Range Assessment draft released

(3) Burning wood as renewable power draws scrutiny in Oregon and nationwide

(4) Maricopa County seeking input on wildfire plan

(5) Groups still at odds over parts of Willow Basin wildfire fuel reduction plan

(6) Preventing and containing wildfires

(7) Governor Rendell Proclaims March 14-20 as Wildfire Prevention Week

(8) Prescribed Burn

(9) Foresters ask for protection for planned fires

(10) Wildfire Protection Plan outdated

(11) Plea to parents over grass fires

(12) Mt. Pulag off limits to trekkers to prevent forest fires

(13) Jhum fire claims six lives in Mizoram

(14) Forest inferno kills 4 people

(15) Bushfire victim: I knelt and cried

(16) Former MP says Canberra bushfire inquiry 'ignored'

(17) Fire investigator criticises low rate of burn-offs

(18) Tip fire threatening homes

(19) Two helicopters collided in thick bushfire smoke

(20) Business grants on offer for fire-affected communities

(21) Now, forest fire at Chamundi Hills

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