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Friday, October 14, 2011


A new study sponsored by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis discusses the impact wildfire has had on the environment over the years (1). The acting secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency appeared before a Congressional panel voicing fears that congressional cutbacks could impact fire safety in that state (2); while U.S. Forest Service will begin conducting controlled burns in Washington state's Olympic National Forest (3). Although burn bans have been lifted in 17 counties, Texas Forest Service warned homeowners that debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires (4); and firefighters are getting some wildland firefighting tips at Bastrop County's Capital Area Interagency Wildfire Academy (5); but Texas Parks and Wildlife Department vowed to rebuild wildfire-devastated Bastrop State Park (6); and an $850,000 grant from Dallas-based Meadows Group should help (7); however, volunteer fire departments are wondering who will pay their bills? (8) A photo spread shows the damage done to homes in Steiner Ranch, Texas, by recent wildfires (9); while some of the wildfire dangers faced by Woodlands Township are detailed in the next article (10); followed by an announcement by organizers of Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas, which is due to kick off at 6:30 PM Monday in Austin (11). An upcoming event in Laramie, Wyoming, on October 18 will allow contractors to speak directly with U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management representatives on the topic of working together during the next fire season (12). Officials from the Kentucky Division of Forestry reminded homeowners of restrictions when conducting outdoor debris fires during the fall fire season (13); even as officials in Tennessee observed National Fire Prevention Week, reminding homeowners that the fall forest fire season begins tomorrow (14). Improving weather has allowed Manitoba Conservation officials to lift burn bans in parts of that Canadian province (15). The Iberian Peninsula was on fire again, with numerous wildfires reported in Spain and Portugal (16); while over 2,000 firefighters extinguished a wildfire in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province (17). An Australian con artist who stole $5,500 from the Victoria Bushfire Relief Fund has been sentenced to six months in jail (18); followed by a radio segment in which Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley discusses bushfire bunkers in Victoria (19); and alterations to the original plan for a bushfire safe place in the Macedon Ranges may allow the project to go forward (20); but confusion regarding schools listed on that state's Bushfire At Risk Register is the topic of the next article (21). Four large bushfire complexes continue to rage near Alice Springs, Northern Territory (22). And finally, a centenarian firefighter from Nova Scotia, Canada, recalls some of the more exciting moments from a long firefighting career, including one incident in which he had to stand guard with a rifle during a fire on a circus boat!

(1) Not All Wildfires Are Disasters

(2) Congress’ cutbacks worry California emergency chief

(3) Prescribed fires to begin soon in Olympic National Forest

(4) Wildfires Still a Potential Threat in Areas Where Burn Bans Are Lifted

(5) Firefighters head to Bastrop for training

(6) After devastating fire, Texans vow to rebuild park and community

(7) Bastrop gets $850,000 grant to help fire cleanup

(8) Wildfire rescuers looking for help

(9) Wildfire damages Steiner homes

(10) The Woodlands faces dangers should wildfire break out

(11) Start time for wildfire relief concert changed

(12) Contract With the Forest Service and the BLM re Wildland Fires

(13) Fall leaves bring fire warnings

(14) Citizens reminded to burn safe

(15) Manitoba forest firefighters get break with help from Mother Nature

(16) EFFIS - Current Situation

(17) Forest Fire Extinguished in NE China

(18) Con artist stole from bushfire fund

(19) Community fire refuges

(20) Council rethinks bushfire safe place

(21) Code red confusion: schools off fire warning list

(22) Bushfires still out of control in Northern Territory

(23) Fire-fighting centenarian recalls the past

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