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Friday, February 11, 2011


The Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council in Calaveras County, California, will provide details on a Community Wildfire Protection Plan to CAL FIRE officials on February 25 after a successful meeting this past Wednesday (1); while U.S. Forest Service firefighters burned over 100 acres in Madera Canyon, Arizona, yesterday (2). An Op-Ed piece by Montana's Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front weighs in on the contentious issue of conducting controlled burns along the Rocky Mountains in that state, something opposed by two environmental groups (3); but a middle school student from New Jersey has organized a fund-raising drive to help provide relief to firefighters in Israel in the aftermath of the Carmel Forest Fire (4); while the South Carolina Forestry Commission provided $29,000 to implement a Firewise policy in Horry County, scene of a devastating wildfire in 2009 (5). In Africa, Kenya Forest Services battled wind-driven wildfires in Rumuruti and Ndaragwa forests, prompting the director of the Kenya Wildlife Service to appeal to the public to help prevent forest fires (6); and in Ghana, the Acting Upper West Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency discussed the impact of bushfires on the Ghana Environmental Management Project (7). Firefighters in India were investigating a suspicious grass fire on the Bambolim Plateau (8); followed by an article which provides a look at the Pacific Ocean "seesaw" caused by reciprocating El Niño and La Niña weather patterns that influence bushfires in Australia (9). The former chairman of the Council of Australian Government Inquiry on Bushfire Mitigation and Management has been appointed to investigate FESA’s operational performance, effectiveness of arrangements and assess the preparations before and during the Perth Hills, Western Australia, bushfire (10); even as weather forecasters predicted a continued bushfire threat this weekend (11). And finally, it's bad enough trying to perform a rescue from a burning truck, but firefighters in Missouri had the added complication that they were rescuing snakes and alligators!

(1) Plan addresses wildfire concerns

(2) Smoke in canyon is from prescribed burn

(3) Irresponsible appeals stall worthy Benchmark project

(4) Yavneh student raises money for firefighting in Israel

(5) SC Forestry agency gives community safety money

(6) Strong winds aggravate Kenya forest fires

(7) Bushfires are threat to Ghana Environmental Management Project

(8) Forest dept in dark over cause of Bambolim fire

(9) Pacific seesaw turns weather on its head

(10) Major investigation into bushfires that destroyed 72 homes launched by FESA

(11) Expect similar fire conditions this weekend, FESA

(12) Firefighters rescue alligators, snakes after truck catches fire

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