A US Geological Survey study published in the Journal of Herpetology shows that wildfires which burned 380,000 acres in San Diego County severely impacted a number of animal species that lived in the area (1). A 1,600-acre wildfire that burned in Douglas County, Colorado, forcing the evacuation of 10,000 homeowners, is now 70% contained (2); while one Colorado state senator is lobbying for more federal funds for wildfire fighting in that state in what could be a long and intense wildfire season due to below-average snowfall (3); the following article questioning the wisdom of the US Forest Service policy to let many wildfires burn (4). A tally of wildfires across Texas, where 26 fires burned 874 acres yesterday, is provided by the next item (5); while Wildfire NOTD subscriber Chuck Bushey, President of the International Association of Wildland Fire, sent along a press release about the screening of the classic 1952 smokejumper movie "Red Skies of Montana" as part of the IAWF's 2011 Wildfire Safety Summit in Missoula, Montana, April 5th (6). The next article profiles a unique wildland firefighting program sponsored by Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources and UWSP's College of Natural Resources (7); followed by an update on wildfire activity in Arkansas, where 2,500 acres have burned in the last 48 hours (8). After a major blaze at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune yesterday, the state of emergency has been lifted (9); but a New York Times article reveals that a weapons test was the cause of that wildfire (10). South Carolina Forestry Commission had a very busy week in which virtually every firefighter and piece of apparatus was battling wildfires (11); while an Op-Ed piece from Fire Engineering Magazine emphasizes the important role homeowners play in reducing wildfires in that state, which sees 3,000 wildfires annually (12). A wildfire in Pickens County, Georgia, which burned 780 acres is now considered 80% contained (13); where firefighters battled three major wildfires that scorched 53 mi.² as of yesterday (14); and wildfire smoke made breathing difficult (15); while the Red Cross assisted homeowners displaced by the blazes (16); and the governor declared a state of emergency in four counties (17). Firefighters in Brevard County, Florida, kept a close eye on the remains of a 160-acre marsh fire that was 80% contained (18); where a 250-acre wildfire that surrounded a regional airport in North Okaloosa Fire District yesterday is now 60% contained (19). An Op-Ed piece from the Huffington Post laments the environmental damage being done by a wildfire that has burned some 2,000 acres in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (20). As India's Sanjay Gandhi National Park continues to experience wildfires (eight in the past 15 days), adjacent areas are also suffering (21); the following article shedding some light on just how little is spent to fight wildfires there (just a bit over $11,000 a year!) (22) And finally, make sure you secure your firehouse before going to a call, otherwise you may come back to find a few things missing like firefighters in Wisconsin did!
(1) REGION: Wildfires can wipe out reptiles, amphibians, study finds
(2) Franktown fire 70 percent contained, all evacuations lifted
(3) Schwartz asks congressional delegation to push for more federal firefighting funds
(4) Forest Service runs into obstacles while trying to suppress fewer fires
(5) Friday wildfire update
(6) 1952 firefighting film returns to Missoula
(7) Durkin: Students fired up to fight fires
(8) Arkansas Wildfire Safety Tips and Info.
(9) County returning to normal
(10) North Carolina: Weapons Test Started Fire
(11) Fires strain resources
(12) We can help prevent wildfires OPINION
(13) Forest Fire Under Control in Marble Hill
(14) Firefighters face 3 big wildfires in southeast Ga.
(15) Forest Fire Smoke Sickens South Georgia Residents
(16) Southeast Georgia Red Cross Helping Families Impacted by Wildfires
(17) Wildfires Prompt State of Emergency
(18) Firefighters Keep Eye On Brevard Marsh Fire
(19) Firefighting efforts continue Friday at airport
(20) The Wildfires in Hawaii Are a Loss for Our World
(21) Unprotected Aarey under fire threat
(22) Fighting fire with little more than sticks
(23) Fake Fire Distracts Firefighters; Thief Steals Drugs