Authorities warned Southern Californians living in areas burned by wildfires that weekend storms could cause runoff problems (1); while, in an effort to diminish the wildfire danger caused by using burn barrels, Washington State Department of Ecology is making a straight trade with burn barrel owners for compost bins (2). A 2,300-acre controlled burn near Silver City, New Mexico, had residents on edge due to fears it was a wildfire (3); but students and faculty at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, were told that smoke on the horizon yesterday was from wildfire training, not the real thing (4). A wildfire in southeast Oklahoma City drew the attention of four different fire departments yesterday (5); and a 5,000-acre wildfire burning in Clinch County, Georgia, continues to challenge firefighters (6). Iran's Office of Emergency Situations reported a major forest fire burning in Gulistan province (7); while a spokesman from the Indian Institute of Science commented that the Western Ghats mountain range would see an increase in wildfires due to Global Warming over the next 30-40 years (8). An Op-Ed piece from Melbourne, Australia, argues that there should be a closer firefighting alliance between California and Victoria, two areas prone to destructive bushfires (9). And finally, firefighters in Redlands, California, aren't running for their lives, but rather for young cancer patients' lives!
(1) Winter Storm Brings Rain, Wind to Southern California
(2) Project Swaps Over 500 Free Compost Bins For Illegal Burn Barrels
(3) Smoke sparks wildfire fears
(4) REMINDER: Fire department conducting wildfire training near UCCS campus
(5) Several Crews Battle Wildfire In SE OKC
(6) Georgia wildfire causing problems
(7) Firemen face difficulties when extinguishing forest fire in Iran
(8) Western Ghats' forest type may look different
(9) When hell breaks loose, getting together will save lives
(10) Firefighters to help 'Light the Way'