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Saturday, April 16, 2011


Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich joined with Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources, to kick off replanting of Southern California's Angeles National Forest areas burned by the Station Fire (1); while firefighters will be conducting a prescribed burn on Nevada's Kingsbury Grade Monday (2). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Dan Ware, Fire Information Officer for New Mexico State Forestry, sent along a notice about fire restrictions being imposed on residents of that state due to the wildfire danger (3); even as a new wildfire was reported outside of Silver City, where one home was destroyed as the fire spread towards the Gila National Forest (4); which just adds to the grief of residents who are sick of wildfires (5). More straw has been ordered for a mulching project in the Fourmile Canyon Fire burn area west of Boulder, Colorado (6); but Utah's Camp Williams will be conducting live fire artillery exercises for the first time since machine gun drills ignited a 3 mi.² wildfire that leveled several homes last year (7). Wildfires in Oklahoma forced the evacuation of over 1,000 homes, destroying nearly a dozen structures in Comanche County (8). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Britt Gourley, CEO of air-tanker giant Aero Union, cleared up the mystery surrounding the grounding of several of his P-3 firefighting aircraft in Texas in the next article (9); followed by a summary of current wildfire activity across Texas provided in an update from the Texas Forest Service (10); where a wildfire reportedly burned between five and 10 acres in Smith County (11); and fires may force evacuation of the town of Strawn (12). Firefighters were credited with stopping a 10-acre blaze that burned in Travis County, Texas, short of nearby homes (13); while a photo spread from the Wildcat Fire is provided by the next item (14); but residents of Dallas/Ft. Worth had some smoky skies to deal with yesterday due to nearby wildfires (15); and high winds were not helping the wildfire situation, either (16). Homeowners and small businesses stepped up to provide the sustenance firefighters needed to keep battling the Texas wildfires (17); even as firefighters from 34 states converged on those blazes (18); Gov. Rick Perry requested that FEMA provide funds for local fire departments besieged by wildfires, but stopped short of requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration (19); however, calmer winds may provide some much-needed respite to weary firefighters who battled wildfires covering over 400,000 acres this past week (20). Congressional Fire Services Institute sent along a news item about approval of the fiscal year 2011 spending bill by Congress which will fully fund the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs (21). The US Air Force's 302nd Airlift Wing provided C-130 aircraft equipped with MAFFS to assist the Mexican government in fighting a massive wildfire in Coahuila State (22); but a bushfire destroyed a warehouse in the Central American nation of Belize (23). A report from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization disclosed the scourge of wildfires which are decimating forests across the Philippines (24); while a 20-hectare bushfire was reported southwest of Perth, Western Australia (25). And finally, for those of you who think you're physically fit, consider a Wisconsin firefighter who plans to run the Boston Marathon while wearing 30 pounds of firefighting gear!

(1) Antonovich Helps Reforest Station Fire Area, One Tree At A Time

(2) Forest Service has prescribed burn on Kingsbury Grade on Monday

(3) NM State Fire Restrictions take Effect Saturday, April 16, 2011 – 8 am

(4) New fire ignites home in Silver City

(5) Silver City wildfires take toll on residents

(6) Mulching project continues in area burned by wildfire west of Boulder

(7) Camp Williams hosts first artillery exercises since wildfire

(8) Oklahoma fires force the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes

(9) Three firefighting planes remain grounded as fires continue

(10) Statewide Wildfire Update from Texas Forest Service

(11) Firefighters battle forest fire in Smith County

(12) Fire may prompt evacuation of Strawn

(13) Homeowners say firefighters saved homes from "disaster"

(14) Gallery: Wildcat Fire

(15) Smoky Haze Fills Fort Worth Air

(16) Scoop blog: High winds feeding wildfires, knocking out electric power service in Dallas-Fort Worth

(17) Residents step in to help firefighters across Texas and the Big Country

(18) Wildfire burns four homes in Scurry County

(19) Federal help available for firefighting cost

(20) Calmer winds could help Texas firefighters

(21) Congress Approves Fiscal Year 2011 Spending Bill

(22) USNORTHCOM supports Mexican firefighting efforts

(23) Bush Fire Claims Building In Lord’s Bank

(24) Fires destroy much of Phl forests, UN-FAO records show

(25) Bushfire breaks out at Benger

(26) Firefighter To Run In Uniform In Boston Marathon

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