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Friday, February 04, 2011


U.S. Senator Mark Udall is swapping parcels of land in Colorado to help improve fire protection (1); but Larimer County saw severe damage meted out to its Ponderosa Pine grove's by mountain pine beetles last year (2). Despite snow on the ground, Virginia will begin their spring fire season the middle of this month (3); while a retrospective looks back on major wildfires in South Carolina since 1898 (4). As Severe Weather Awareness Week wraps up in Florida, the next article takes a look back at some of that state's wild weather swings which lead to wildfires (5); where a photo spread chronicles a 5,000-acre controlled burn conducted over the past three days in the Big Cypress National Preserve (6); but residents of Alachua County were out helping firefighters extinguish a suspicious blaze (7). A Brazilian conservation biologist comments on the plight of that country's rain forests during continued drought periods that lead to wildfires (8). As the second anniversary of Australia's Black Saturday bushfires approaches, the mayor of Bendigo, Victoria, is calling for a day of reflection (9); but one Kinglake resident is still dealing with the trauma (10); and she's not alone, as the next article demonstrates (11). A divisional commander for New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service was killed by a falling tree while mopping up after a bushfire (12); even as fire authorities are bracing for worsening bushfire conditions due to northerly winds sweeping across the state (13). And finally, Canadian firefighters responding to a fire at a pet hoarder's home in Ontario were caught in a stampede!

(1) Udall introduces bill to facilitate Sugarloaf land swap

(2) Pine beetle takes a bite out of Larimer County

(3) Forestry officials: Spring fire season begins Feb. 15

(4) Hot Spots

(5) Severe Weather Awareness Week: Temperatures and Wildfires

(6) PHOTOS: Firefighters conduct controlled burn in 5,000 acres of Big Cypress

(7) Season of fires takes its toll

(8) Carlos Peres: Unthinkably, wild fires are breaking out in rainforests

(9) Bushfire ceremony a chance for reflection

(10) Black Saturday: Memories haunt Kinglake

(11) Low-key day to remember loved ones

(12) Firefighter killed by falling tree while mopping up bushfire in NSW Hunter region

(13) More fire-breathing northerlies

(14) Fleeing menagerie overruns firefighters

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