Although Southern California has received some light rain, authorities are cautioning residents that the fire danger is not over (1); while Undersecretary of Agriculture Harris Sherman has pledged $1.8 million to help with Burn Area Emergency Recovery efforts outside of Boulder, Colorado, where the Fourmile Canyon Fire burned (2). As the 13th Annual Capital Area Wildfire Academy gets underway in Texas, firefighters will be getting wildland fire training through November 1st (3); but the mayor of a Michigan town that was devastated by wind-driven fires a few weeks ago is seeking a federal disaster declaration, something usually reserved for communities hit by wildland fires (4). A self-professed "fire nut" who runs a wildfire program at Wisconsin's Fox Valley Technical College is profiled in the next article (5); while a teenager accused of lighting several wildfires in Eau Claire County has been sentenced to jail (6). The South continues to burn: the Arkansas Forestry Commission stated that 393 acres have been burned by over 50 fires since last Friday statewide (7); residents of Hamilton County, Tennessee, are suffering through a smoky period as fires burned nearby (8); the Wrangler Fire, which is burning in Louisiana's Kisatchie National Forest, is nearing the 1,500-acre mark (9); a volunteer fire chief in Kemper County, Mississippi, has been charged with several counts of wildfire arson (10); the Alabama Forestry Commission provided an update on a wildfire that burned in East Brewton (11); another sign of the difficult fire conditions in that state right now, where 16 mi.² have burned in the last few weeks (12); and in a reminder of the dry conditions in their state, Georgia Forestry Commission officials reminded homeowners about obtaining burn permits before lighting outdoor fires (13). An Op-Ed piece from Plattsburgh, New York, praises the official decision to leave two historic fire towers intact in the Adirondack Mountains (14); while in Canada, Prince George, British Columbia, is changing the city boundaries in order to help prevent wildfires (15). In Russia, the 12th annual St. Petersburg International Forestry Forum will be focusing on the devastation caused by the massive wildfires this past summer (16). A powerline touching a pine tree on "Lord of the Rings" producer Sir Peter Jackson's property in New Zealand is suspected as the cause of a bushfire that spread from his property to one next-door (17). In a foretaste of what may be ahead for Western Australia, Department of Environment and Conservation commented on a bushfire at Nannup (18); and in a sign that bushfire season has arrived in New South Wales, Rural Fire Service announced that they are deploying firefighting aircraft along the north coast (19); but at least one community feels its bushfire preparedness is up to the standards required by the Rural Fires Act (20). And finally, a commentator from Victoria, Australia, asks the question: are foxes to blame for bushfires?
(1) Despite the Moist Weather, SoCal Not Out of Wildfire Danger
(2) Federal official pledges help in Fourmile Fire recovery
(3) Capital Area Wildfire Academy begins in Bastrop
(4) Highland Park seeks fire disaster declaration
(5) Teen in firefighting arson case gets four months in jail
(6) Neenah is home to innovative fire program
(7) Ark. forest officials: 51 fires fought since Fri.
(8) Up in Smoke: Wildfires continue to burn
(9) Wrangler fire still blazing
(10) Kemper County fire chief charged with arson
(11) East Brewton firefighters face brush fire
(12) Wildfires scorch Alabama; more than 1,200 fires have broken out since start of September
(13) Burn permits prevent wildfires
(14) EDITORIAL: Fire towers should stay
(15) City Looking To Prevent Wildfires
(16) Intl. forestry forum opens in St. Petersburg
(17) Wilding pine blamed for fire
(18) Nannup fire sign of season to come in the South West
(19) Firefighting aircraft arrive on the north coast ahead of the bushfire season
(20)Bushfire risk management plan
(21) Foxes to blame for fires?