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Friday, October 01, 2010


As US Forest Service brings in more equipment and CAL FIRE goes on high alert, Southern California's Inland Empire is bracing for Santa Ana winds over the next few days (1); while the Insurance Information Network of California weighs in on preventative measures homeowners can take to protect their homes from wildfires (2). Washington state's Department of Natural Resources has been hit with a $25,000 claim by an orchard owner in Yakima who stated that a retardant drop damaged her trees (3). A graduate student from Colorado State University weighs in on the value of forest fires (4); a philosophy which has been observed by firefighters allowing the Cow Creek fire to burn 1,100 acres near Estes Park (5). Details on the arson investigation of the Fourmile Fire are provided by the next article (6); and the flight and ground crews of an Erickson Air-Crane owned by a private contractor are profiled in an article from Craig, Colorado (7). A discarded cigarette is being blamed for a wildfire that is burning in Idaho's Snake River Canyon (8); while scores of people turned out at a meeting in Herriman, Utah, to discuss the Machine Gun Fire, which destroyed several homes and burned 6 square miles (9). Residents of Beaver County, Utah, are getting fed up with the nearby 44,0000-acre Twitchell Fire, whose smoke has been sullying their skies for days (10); and Utah State University researchers are looking at how better to deal with wildfires (11). Texas Forest Service is concerned about the wildfire danger in four eastern counties (12). Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park now has two wildfires burning within it (13); and the Bureau of Land Management has warned hunters about the danger of a wildfire south of Rawlins (14). It appears that Ashley County, Arkansas, has a wildfire arsonist at work (15); but an unusual wildfire was reported in Lake Bisteneau, Louisiana, where vegetation that had been growing on the lake bottom ignited after the lake was drained! (16) A total burn ban is still in effect for northwest Alabama as Red Flag conditions continue (17); and Mississippi is the latest southern state to be put under fire alert, with 25 counties invoking a burn ban (18); even as an 80-acre wildfire was reported in Oktibbeha County (19). With a La Niña effect on the horizon, firefighters in Florida expect to see a lot more wildfire activity during their dry season (20). Heading to Australia, the decision by homeowners on whether to stay or go early is the topic of a conversation with Victoria's new Chief Officer (21); while the impact of bushfires on endangered Leadbeater's possum habitats is examined by the next article (22). And finally, Tennessee's Cherokee Hotshots were conducting a wildfire education program in the high fire danger area of... Brooklyn, New York?!?

(1) Santa Ana winds will bring added fire danger to the Inland Empire

(2) As Peak Fire Season Hits, Insurers, Firefighters & Public Officials Showcase Wildfire Preparedness & Recovery

(3) Yakima Valley orchard damaged by fire retardant

(4) Scherer: Forests need forest fires

(5) RMNP wildfire has burned for nearly four months

(6) Fire pit quickly became focus of Boulder wildfire investigation, reports say

(7) Firefighting helitanker crew stops in Craig before heading to next fire

(8) Crews Battling Wildfire in Snake River Canyon

(9) Meeting about Utah Army base wildfire draws 200

(10) Beaver residents say they're sick from Twitchell fire smoke

(11) Fire risks decreasing

(12) East Texas ranchers suffering drought conditions, wildfire risk continues

(13) Two wildfires burning in Yellowstone National Park

(14) BLM Warns Hunters About Fire South Of Rawlins

(15) Ashley County Wildfire Intentionally Set

(16) Wildfire broke out around Lake Bisteneau

(17) Wildfire threat continues in northwest Alabama

(18) Extremely high threat for wildfires/brush fires continue; Fire Weather/Red Flag Warning in effect

(19) Wildfire chars 80 acres in Oktibbeha County

(20) Wildfire Danger Rises in Florida

(21) CFA new chief officer Euan Ferguson says stay or go policy the biggest challenge

(22) Hello possum, you're an emblem of extinction

(23) Forest Fire Crew Goes to...Brooklyn?

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