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Thursday, November 24, 2011


Insurance companies combined efforts to purchase $10,000 worth of wildfire gear for a Southern California fire department (1); but after battling two small wildfires started by discarded wood stove ashes, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management is cautioning homeowners to dispose of their ashes properly (2). A 2,400-acre wildfire has been reported near Highway 80 east of Sparks, Nevada (3); and despite extensive wildfire damage, Bastrop State Park is scheduled to reopen December 2nd outside of Austin, Texas (4). A lack of proof has prompted Israel's Haifa District Prosecutor's Office to drop charges against two teenagers accused of sparking the deadly Carmel Forest fire last year (5). As bushfires in Margaret River, Western Australia, continued to rage, the cause was found to be controlled burns set by the Department of Environment and Conservation (6); said bushfires forcing the closure of schools (7); and threatening five major wineries in the area (8); while new bushfires prompted FESA to issue a bushfire warning for residents of Nannup (9); another for Gosnells (10); and yet another for the area around South Eneabba Nature Reserve (11); eliciting a statement from the Insurance Council of Australia (12); even as Parliament revealed that only nine of the 55 recommendations in the Keelty Report will be in place when bushfire season officially begins December 1st (13). Although moisture levels are still sufficient to dampen bushfire activity, Tasmania Fire Service's chief officer warned homeowners to prepare for the inevitable fire season (14). And finally, officials in South Australia have a new reason to reduce bushfire dangers: saving rare yellow-footed rock wallabies!

(1) Fire Department Receives Wildfire Gear

(2) Forest Service urges proper disposal of woodstove, fireplace ashes

(3) Crews work throughout night to contain 2,400-acre wildfire east of Sparks

(4) Scorched Bastrop park set to reopen Dec. 2

(5) State drops case against Carmel Fire suspects

(6) Bushfires lit by government rage out of control in Australia

(7) Bushfires close schools in three areas

(8) Wildfire Threatens Australia's Most Famous Vineyards

(9) Bushfire Watch and Act for Nannup

(10) Gosnells Bushfire Emergency Information

(11) Bushfire Watch and Act for South Eneabba Nature Reserve, Shire of Carnamah

(12) WA bushfires cause insurance issues

(13) Report reveals WA not ready for bushfires

(14) Bushfire readiness urged

(15) Bushfire prevention effort to help rare wallabies

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