Although CAL FIRE has declared the wildfire season officially over in San Luis Obispo County, California, local officials are still concerned about the fire danger until heavy rains arrive (1); and on the technology front, a firm in San Diego demonstrated an interesting new way to fight fires using cryo-technology (2). The US Forest Service has started an ambitious $4.5 million project to restore land devastated by Colorado's Hayman Fire a decade ago (3); while the Bureau of Land Management is taking advantage of the fact that wildfires exposed abandoned copper mine openings hidden by vegetation in southwestern Idaho to fill in the shafts (4). Of the 1,600 homes destroyed by wildfires in Bastrop County, Texas, all but 100 were covered by insurance, adding to the $25 million price tag in estimated losses from the fires (5); where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made money from the Public Assistance Grant Program available to 12 more Texas counties impacted by wildfires (6); but applicants only have until December 8th to file (7); while the Verizon Foundation donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross to help with current wildfire survivors, and to prepare for similar emergencies in the future (8); but FEMA reminded Texans that there was going to be a test of their Emergency Alert System this coming Wednesday (9). Controlled burns and targeted grazing have helped revitalize a portion of Montana's Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge (10); while providential rainfall aided firefighters battling a 5,000-acre wildfire in Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest (11). Extreme fuel dryness in Ontario, Canada, was blamed for the wildfires that burned over 600,000 hectares and forced the evacuation of 4,000 people earlier this year (12). And finally, firefighters in the UK had an unusual rescue to perform: getting a hawk out of a 60 foot tree!
(1) Wildfire Season Not Over In SLO County
(2) New Firefighting Technology
(3) River-restoration guru to target creek in Colorado's Hayman wildfire area
(4) Abandoned southwest Idaho copper mines being filled following wildfire
(5) 1,500 of 1,600 homes damaged in Bastrop wildfires covered by insurance
(6) FEMA: 12 More Wildfire-Affected Counties Approved for FEMA Infrastructure Assistance
(7) Deadline to apply for aid will be Dec. 8
(8) Verizon Gives $20,000 to American Red Cross to Aid in Central Texas Wildfire Relief Efforts
(9) FEMA: FEMA to Wildfire Survivors: Alert System to Be Tested Wednesday
(10) Lee Metcalf refuge revitalizes pond with fire, cattle
(11) Rain Helps In Mo. Forest Fire Fight
(12) Feeling the heat
(13) Firefighters swoop in to rescue hawk from tree!