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Monday, September 13, 2010


A 65-acre wildfire that burned in the Southern California community of Chino Hills over the weekend has been contained (1); but a La Nina effect may increase the fire danger throughout the region (2). Highway 178, which had been closed due to a wildfire that has burned around 3,000 acres in Kern County, has now partially reopened (3); while Wildfire NOTD subscriber Scott Stephens, a wildfire researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, will be giving a talk at the Portola Valley Community Hall on Wednesday (4). As the North Tahoe Fire Protection District begins forest thinning, some residents are protesting that it looks more like logging (5). A 300-acre wildfire burning near Gold Hill, Oregon, was considered to be nearly contained (6); but a fast-moving wildfire elsewhere in that state burned 160 acres, destroying one home, prompting Oregon Department of Forestry to dispatch air-tankers to battle the blaze (7). A controlled burn in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, had residents concerned that another wildfire had broken out (8); while the important role of fire spotters in the Kaibab National Forest is explored by the next article (9). New Mexico's Gila National Forest will begin controlled burns near Mogollon this week (10). As firefighters continue mopping up Colorado's Fourmile Fire, an outdoor burn ban has been put in effect in Boulder County (11); however, questionable use of air-tankers during the initial phases of that fire is now coming under scrutiny (12). Despite initial reports that an automobile colliding with a propane tank sparked the Fourmile Fire, further investigation is pointing towards an unattended fire pit as the cause (13); but a wildfire burning near Loveland has drawn the attention of the aerial assets that had been fighting the Fourmile Fire nearby (14); as a major counteroffensive was planned for Monday (15); but firefighters fear two homes have already been lost (16); while the fire is now at 10% containment (17). Although the destruction wrought by the Colorado wildfires is a terrible loss for some, it has provided an opportunity for a chemical company to help improve firefighting tactics (as well as its bottom line!) (18) A number of organizations, including Utah's Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, will participate in setting up a 2,200-acre experimental forest near Cedar City to study, among other things, wildfires (19). Fire investigators in Maryland are still looking for the cause of a wildfire that burned 40 acres in Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area (20). Phil Guy from Tangentlink sent along an announcement about their upcoming aerial firefighting convention which will be held in the sunny Costa del Sol region of Spain in December (21); and Italy will be dispatching CL-415 firefighting aircraft to the Malta Airshow (22). Wildfire activity in southern Europe and North Africa is diminishing, with just one fire in Italy and another in Algeria being reported (23); but satellite photos revealed the extent of damage done by recent Russian wildfires, the worst in 14 years (24). Firefighters in the Central Russian republic of Khakassia announced that they have finally put out the last of their wildfires (25); followed by an interesting video segment from Russia which provides a look at the technology used by the BE-200 amphibious air-tanker to hit its targets (26). An Australian power utility will be using a helicopter with an advanced camera system to examine some of the 65,000 power poles in parts of Victoria ahead of bushfire season (27); while bridges on the Grand Ridge Rail Trail will soon be rebuilt following the destruction of the original spans by the Black Saturday bushfires (28). Counseling agencies which have been very busy in bushfire-hit areas of Victoria plan to be around for a long time (29); but an outdoor burning ban has been implemented in Darwin, Northern Territory, following a large bushfire just outside of town (30). Homeowners who suffered losses in the Toodyay, Western Australia, bushfire last December are incensed that they were not included in the settlement negotiations which have now expired (31); while an environmentalist worries that the destructive wildfire that happened in San Bruno, California, when a gas line ruptured could happen in Queensland just as easily (32). And finally, the next time you admire a flower, thank a wildfire!

(1) Chino Hills wildfire contained

(2) La Nina to affect San Diego all winter

(3) Highway 178 partially reopens as Canyon fire burns 3,000 acres near Bodfish

(4) Wednesday: More than one way to fight wildfire

(5) Forest thinning: West Tahoe resident questions legitimacy of Ward Creek project

(6) Blackwell fire near Gold Hill

(7) Fire burns 160 acres

(8) Fort Valley Fire is a Prescribed Burn

(9) Fire Spotters are always watching out for us

(10) NM forest to burn area east of Mogollon

(11) Fire ban put in place for county burned by wildfire

(12) Heat is on over air response in Fourmile Canyon blaze

(13) Report: Fire pit may have sparked Colo. wildfire

(14) Crews monitor Reservoir Road Fire overnight

(15) Additional crews brought in to attack 700-acre Loveland wildfire

(16) 2 Homes Feared Lost In Second Colorado Wildfire

(17) Larimer Co. crews hope to get handle on Reservoir Road fire

(18) GelTech's FireIce a Solution for Colorado Fires

(19) SUU joins state in forest stewardship program

(20) Investigators probe cause of Indian Springs wildfire

(21) International Aerial Firefighting Conference & Exhibition

(22) Patrouille de France for Malta Airshow

(23) EFFIS - Current Situation

(24) Satellites reveal Russian fires worst in 14 years

(25) All wildfires extinguished in Khakassia

(26) Be-200 amphibious plane can drop water in salvo or consecutively

(27) Power survey from the air

(28) Rebuilding rail trail bridges

(29) Fire-affected areas still need help in future

(30) Fire ban after blaze rips through rural Darwin

(31) Silence on compo riles Toodyay fire victims

(32) QLD can learn from gas disaster, says environmentalist Drew Hutton

(33) Success of flowering plants down to wildfires

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