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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


In Southern California, San Diego-based Utility Consumers Action Network is claiming that SDG&E wants to recoup $463 million in liability costs from ratepayers to cover wildfire losses in 2007 (1); even as Firehouse World Expo, which is taking place at San Diego Convention Center, is expecting to draw over 5,000 visitors (2). Scientists are debating what the true fire regime is in northern Arizona (3); while donations, including a new brush truck for the fire department, continue to pour into Smithville, Texas, which was hard hit by wildfires in 2011 (4). A firefighter remained in stable condition after being injured in a wildfire in Blue Eye, Missouri, Monday (5); and fire agencies will be conducting controlled burns on nearly 25 acres in Delaware's Cape Henlopen State Park (6). In South Carolina, where 3,000 wildfires annually cost $25 million to suppress, there is a debate in the state Senate over the Prescribed Fire Act (7); but several wildfires in central Florida have kept firefighters busy (8). The next article focuses on wildfire preparedness by the Corps of Cuban Forest Rangers in a country which typically sees 20,000 hectares burn per year (9); while citrus farmers in the African nation of Ghana tallied up their losses to bushfires annually in a country which typically sees $10 million in crop losses every year (10). Having experienced 100 wildfires since the first of the year, Southwest China's drought-stricken Yunnan Province is bracing for more (11); and in Australia, Victoria's Fire Services Commissioner reported that a bushfire safer place in the Macedon Ranges which cost $1.2 million to construct is now complete (12). The danger from a 30,000-hectare bushfire which has been threatening Northcliffe, Western Australia, for almost two weeks is finally diminishing (13); but even though a bushfire near the Shire of Dundas was officially extinguished on Saturday, FESA firefighters will continue to monitor the site for some time in case of a rekindle (14); and after spending six months in the hospital recovering from injuries suffered in a bushfire in Kimberly, an ultra-marathoner is finally going home (15). Tasmania's Climate Commission offered a grim forecast for industry in that state if measures are not taken to correct Global Warming (16). And finally, a lucky goose flew into electrical lines in California, sparking a wildfire, and lived to honk about it!

(1) Group Claims SDG&E Wants To Retroactively Charge Customers For 2007 Wildfire Liability

(2) Expo features newest firefighting tools

(3) Academic tiff over wildfires rekindled

(4) Wildfires and Tragedy Inspires Generosity and Hope for Texas Community

(5) Firefighter injured in Blue Eye fire

(6) DNREC announces plans to conduct prescribed fire in Cape Henlopen State Park

(7) Senate should act today to move ahead on controlled burns

(8) Crews Concerned Over Several Wildfires

(9) Cuba Works to Prevent Fires

(10) Afigya Sekyere Farmers Lose GH¢200,000 To Bush Fire

(11) Severe Drought Poses Fire Risks in Yunnan

(12) Macedon Ranges fire 'safer place' finally complete

(13) Immediate bushfire threat over for Northcliffe

(14) FESA to monitor bushfire area

(15) Bushfire victim's plea for answers

(16) Climate threat to Tasmanian industry

(17) Goose Starts Calif. Fire and Survives

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