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Thursday, October 06, 2011


Fire crews have finally contained a 2,135-acre wildfire near Julian in Southern California's San Diego County (1); while the ongoing battle to repeal California's controversial annual wildfire-protection fee is examined by the next article (2). A total of 66 acres were set ablaze by Colorado's Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department yesterday (3); but a wildfire that burned several acres in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, has been extinguished (4). A wildfire burned 25 acres in Fort Worth, Texas, yesterday (5); and although a 320-acre wildfire burning in Bastrop County is 50% contained, firefighters fear that the onset of winds could change that (6); while a 100-acre wildfire was reported on Mustang Island outside of Corpus Christi (7); followed by an Op-Ed piece that focuses on the impact wildfires in that state have had on pest control (8). FEMA will be helping wildfire survivors in the Texas counties of Travis, Williamson and Colorado over the next few days (9); while a group of Texas A&M students have formed Aggie Wildfire Relief to raise funds for wildfire survivors (10); but although Bastrop State Park was badly damaged in the wildfires, nearby Buescher State Park has reopened for campers (11). Fire officials are reopening roads and trails closed due to wildfires in Montana's Flathead National Forest (12). A wildfire burning along South Dakota's Todd County-Tripp County line has scorched 20,000 acres, destroying thousands of dollars worth of crops (13); but with nearly 400,000 acres of the Black Hills National Forest infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle, fire managers worry about the tinderbox conditions (14). With winds and dry weather coupled with heat in the forecast, Red Flag warnings have been issued for parts of Minnesota (15); while Arkansas Game and Fish Commission requested assistance fighting an 1,100-acre wildfire burning in Searcy County (16). The town of Smithers, British Columbia, has received a report from a professional forester on how to prepare for wildfires (17); but more wildfires were reported in Spain and Portugal, as well as Italy, Albania, Croatia, and the North African nation of Morocco (18). As the bushfire season arrives early in some parts of the country, Emergency Management Australia has had meetings with numerous agencies to discuss how best to prepare (19); even as a retired CSIRO scientist warned that Australia faces conditions similar to those in the 1970s when 15% of the continent went up in flames (20). With 35° temperatures across Central Queensland, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Central Region assistant commissioner warned of the extreme bushfire danger this weekend (21); while fire crews in the southeast got a break from some providential rainstorms, although North and Central Queensland are still flaming (22); and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council is preparing for bushfire season with an ambitious program that includes some tips to homeowners on how to prepare their property for the inevitable blazes of summer (23). As Bushfires NT firefighters continued to battle blazes near Alice Springs, motorists were warned of the driving hazard caused by the smoke (24). And finally, the next time you respond to an incident, take along a few clowns!

(1) 2,135-acre San Diego County fire contained

(2) Push to repeal California firefighting fee fails

(3) Controlled fires set at Hall Ranch Open Space

(4) Wildfire Burning In Lincoln County

(5) Firefighters battle large grass fire in east Fort Worth

(6) Wildfire Northeast of Bastrop still only 50 percent contained

(7) Firefighters battle brush fire Wednesday on Mustang Island

(8) The Texas Fire: A Potential Pest Outlook

(9) Wildfire assistance now available

(10) "Wear White & Wave Maroon" to Raise Money for Wildfire Victims

(11) Buescher State Park Reopens After Wildfire

(12) Bob Marshall trails re-opening as fires die down

(13) 2 injured fighting Neb. fire

(14) Beetle epidemic causes even greater forest fire threat

(15) Red-flag warning issued for fire danger in Minnesota

(16) Wildfire in Richland Creek area

(17) Smithers relatively shielded from wildfire danger

(18) EFFIS - Current Situation

(19) Emergency briefings

(20) Summer bushfires risk rivals the 1970s

(21) Weekend promises urgent fire danger

(22) Fires up north, but rain eases southern front

(23) Lockyer plans for bushfire season

(24) Outback drivers warned of smoke hazards on roads

(25) Double act: Firefighting clowns called to blaze in San Marcos

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