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Saturday, December 03, 2011


After suffering heavy losses from climate change-related disasters like wildfires, insurance companies worldwide have decided to pursue public-private partnerships and incentive programs with communities to reduce the damage done by natural disasters (1). Firefighters in Boulder Creek, California, had to wait for PG&E workers to cut power before they could extinguish a small wildfire caused by sparking wires (2); while Butte County Fire Safe Council will be conducting debris burns to eradicate stands of Scottish broom in order to complete the 7-mile Upper Ridge Shaded Fuel Break (3); and firefighters were making progress on six wind-whipped wildfires burning in the Sierra Nevadas (4); even as the National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch through Monday for the Stanislaus National Forest (5). Firefighters in Diboll, Texas, battled a small wildfire that began as a debris fire (6); while the destruction of hundreds of homes by the Bastrop County wildfires has led to a building boom in neighborhoods ravaged by those blazes (7). Firefighters corralled a 9-acre wildfire outside of Daytona Beach, Florida (8); and the contentious topic of salvage logging in British Columbia, Canada, is tackled by the next article (9). Firefighters on New Zealand's North Island brought in heavy equipment to help battle a bushfire which has destroyed three homes and is believed to be an arson job (10); but many are lamenting the two people killed when a firefighting helicopter crashed (11). Country Fire Service officials reduced the danger level from a bushfire that was burning in South Australia's Adelaide Hills (12). A first-person perspective on the Margaret River, Western Australia, bushfires is provided in the next item by a builder who stayed to fight the blazes (13); while evacuees from a bushfire burning near Nannup were told to stay away as firefighters continued to grapple with the blaze (14); even as evacuees from a bushfire burning near Augusta were being allowed to return home (15); and yet another bushfire burning near Banjup has been contained (16); this at a time when 200 schools in that state are considered to be at high risk from bushfires (17). And finally, firefighters in the UK who struggled for 12 hours to free a pregnant kitty from a clothes recycling bin were surprised by what they found!

(1) Insurance: Insurers are planning for a rainy day

(2) Wildfire sparked by power lines

(3) Fire safe councils ready for broom eradication

(4) Crews gain ground in foothill fires

(5) Stanislaus National Forest Fire Weather Watch

(6) Diboll VFD battles runaway trash fire

(7)From the ashes comes a building boom

(8) Firefighters get Daytona Beach brush fire under control

(9) Fiery debate surrounds benefits of salvage operations

(10) Bulldozers, watertankers join firefighting efforts in Far North

(11) Fire-fighting heroes will be missed

(12) Hills bushfire now a reduced risk

(13) Builders battle WA blaze

(14) Fire controlled, residents return home

(15) Augusta fire takes turn for better

(16) Bushfire downgraded to Advice for Banjup, south of Cockburn

(17) 200 schools at high-risk of bushfire

(18) Firefighters Join 12-Hour 'Rescue' Of Toy Cat

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