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Monday, May 23, 2011


Although many areas in Southern California's Angeles National Forest have reopened following 2009's Station Fire, visitors complained that some spots still remain off-limits (1). The Bureau of Land Management estimates that a 751-acre wildfire burning in southwestern Arizona will be contained by Tuesday (2); but the Horseshoe Two Fire, which has burned 38,000 acres near Portal is still only 25% contained (3); the next article providing a brief profile on an Arizona resident who has been promoted to a Program Specialist for USFS Fire and Aviation Management (4). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Dan Ware, Fire Information Officer for New Mexico State Forestry, commented on the worsening fire danger in that state as June approaches (5). Texas Forest Service will be providing some Firewise tips for homeowners in Leander on Wednesday (6); while a church in Austin helped rebuild a community devastated by wildfires last month (7). US Forest Service is considering changing its policy to allow some fires that spark in Montana's Gallatin National Forest to burn themselves out in the future (8); even as USFS holds a public meeting at University of Montana's University Center in Missoula on Thursday regarding the hazards of chemicals in aerial retardant (9); and wildland firefighting training at Bull Run Guest Ranch prepares firefighters for the coming fire season (10). Smoke from a wildfire in Dare County, North Carolina, has prompted officials to provide escort to vehicles traveling a nearby highway due to visibility problems (11). Rising temperatures, decreasing humidity, and increasing winds are making for a dangerous wildfire combination in Georgia (12); where the Honey Prairie Fire burning in Okefenokee Swamp expanded to 147,046 acres, firefighters stating that the blaze was now 70% contained (13). Firefighters reported two wildfires in Pinellas County, Florida (14); while the next article takes a look at wildfire activity in Alaska (15). An Op-Ed piece decries the lack of credence to lessons learned in a 2003 Canadian wildfire that burned in Kelowna, British Columbia, lessons which could have been used to better protect Slave Lake, Alberta, from recent wildfires (16); the next item providing an update on the wildfire situation in Alberta where 44 wildfires continue to burn, eight of them out of control (17). Although residents of Slave Lake will not be allowed to return home for at least another week, officials are trying to arrange a bus tour for them in the meantime (18); while appeals for donations continue to roll in (19); but the next article takes a look at a monster blaze which scorched 14,000 km² in Alberta over 60 years ago (20). In the UK, a wildfire was reported in a Norfolk forest (21); and another scorched 2 acres in Suffolk's Dunwich Forest Saturday before being brought under control (22); while youths were suspected of having set some additional blazes in Suffolk (23). In echoes of Russia's horrific fire season last year, 200 wildfires, 16 of them major blazes, are burning in Siberia (24). And finally, Southern California firefighters were learning some new CPR techniques which may earn them a lick and a tail wag when put into use!

(1) Bumpy opening at Angeles National Forest

(2) Wildfire near Yuma expected to be contained by Tuesday

(3) Arizona wildfire now at nearly 38,000 acres

(4) Ex-Prescott forest official now is coordinating 19-state wildland fire management strategy

(5) Fire danger could hamper Memorial Day recreation in New Mexico's national forests

(6) Home wildfire protection heads agenda for public meeting

(7) Congregation helps Oak Hill wildfire victims rebuild

(8) Wildfire plan proposed for Gallatin National Forest would let some fires burn

(9) Forest Service to hold listening session on fire retardant use

(10) Firefighters Get Ready For Wildfire Season

(11) Highway 264 Reopens For Limited Daylight Hours

(12) Firefighters Are Fighting More Than Just Brush Fires

(13) Okefenokee blaze contained, firefighters scaled back

(14) Firefighters battle flames in Tampa and Oldsmar

(15) Moose Mountain fire slows; wildfire reported near Healy

(16) Lessons from Kelowna fire remain unlearned today

(17) Alberta fighting 44 wildfires

(18) Wildfire victims may get bus tour

(19) Donations still needed for Slave Lake evacuees

(20) 1950 monster fire burned its way into history

(21) Firefighters battle large blaze at scenic woodland

(22) Dunwich: Forest fire rages in dry conditions at Dunwich Forest

(23) Youths sought after spate of heath fires in Suffolk

(24) Almost 200 wildfires burn in Russia

(25) Firefighters learn pet CPR

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