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Thursday, March 01, 2012


Folks in the Southern California mountain community of Idyllwild are preparing for an early fire season (1); while findings of a new study of wildfire activity in Northwestern California have been published in the journal Ecological Applications (2). In a turnabout over the cause célèbre Spotted Owl which forced a radical reduction in logging in the Pacific Northwest, the Department of the Interior has decided to begin allowing some logging to reduce the danger to the owl from forest fires (3). In Arizona, the next article highlights the Apache County Stewardship project, an agreement with US Forest Service that is intended to speed up thinning projects on federal land to reduce the wildfire danger (4); and wildfire experts gathered at the Southwest Fire Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to discuss the current wildfire danger across the southwestern US (5). U.S. Bureau of Land Management's director of the Utah office announced that an internal investigation revealed that some firefighting costs have been improperly charged by that agency (6). Temperatures 20° above normal coupled with windy conditions have prompted National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag warning for the Texas Panhandle (7); while an article from Grimes County shows that life is returning to normal after devastating wildfires on Father's Day in 2011 (8). A 50-acre wildfire was reported in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, the second this week (9); but the dry winter bodes ill for Alberta, Canada's wildfire season, which is getting an early start this year (10). A wildfire which scorched 300 acres in India's Nagarahole National Park has finally been brought under control (11); while 1,200 ha have been destroyed by bushfires in Nilambur (12). Firefighters in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan received help from the heavens as rainfall assisted them in bringing wildfires that had burned thousands of acres in Trashigang and Trashiyangtse under control (13); and representatives of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam met in Vietnam to discuss Southeast Asian wildfires and the haze pollution that results from them (14). A pair of bushfires burning in Western Australia have been wrapped up by firefighters (15). And finally, one family fleeing bushfires in Northcliffe, Western Australia, found a bushfire safe haven for some important livestock: 15 chickens and a rooster!

(1) Fire and Forest: Fire safe lessons from 2011…

(2) Study of wildfire trends in Northwestern California shows no increase in severity over time

(3) Rival birds could be killed under spotted owl rescue plan

(4) County, Forest Service work together on thinning

(5) Experts speak on fighting fire with fire

(6) BLM improperly charged for firefighting costs, director says

(7) Windy next few days, wildfire danger

(8) Wildfire survivors rebuild with belief in love

(9) 2nd Wildfire Burns In Western NC National Forest

(10) Alberta calls early start to fire season due to dry winter

(11) Forest fire in Nagarahole range under control

(12) Blaze rips through forests of Nilambur

(13) Fires finally ‘rained’ in

(14) Mekong sub-region tackles haze pollution

(15) Water-bombers tackle Banjup bushfire

(16) Business goes the extra mile

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