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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


The 2008 crash of a firefighting helicopter that occurred in Northern California is once again in the legal spotlight (1); while citizens have been invited to comment on US Forest Service's weed abatement program in Washington state's Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (2). Communities in Summit County, Colorado, which have already treated 4,600 acres, have received $300,000 to continue wildfire mitigation efforts (3); and the ‘Door to Door Cares: Texas Wildfire Relief’ program, which provides storage for wildfire survivors, is examined by the next article (4). Minnesotans were informed that grass fire season begins March 26th (5); but although warmer temperatures have increased the wildfire danger in that state, National Weather Service forecasts of rain may dampen the danger (6); while Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources reiterated their concerns over early wildfire danger due to unusually warm weather (7). The benefits of conducting controlled burns in Ohio's Wayne National Forest are explored by the next article (8); and firefighters in Hopkins County, Kentucky, responded to a field fire which they feared would turn into a forest fire yesterday (9). New Jersey State Forest Fire Service has begun a 513-acre controlled burn in the Hovnanian Sanctuary (10). Firefighters in Augusta County, Virginia, held a wildfire workshop to inform homeowners of the danger that a Community Wildfire Protection Plan could help mitigate (11); but in the wake of four wildfires which burned 900 acres in Putnam County, Florida, fire officials fear that continued drought will lead to a bad wildfire season (12). Numerous wildfires were reported across Portugal and Spain yesterday (13). Africa is on fire: As fires continued to burn on the slopes of Mount Kenya, officials fear that poachers may be responsible (14); and the impact of losing 20,000 ha of pasturelands to the blazes may result in conflict between neighboring communities (15); while wildfires in Uganda's Kaabong District have killed 10 people and destroyed many structures (16); but bushfires have become a political issue for two nominees to Ghana's Parliament (17). China announced that a wildfire burning in Yunnan Province was brought under control with the aid of 2,200 personnel (18). In Australia, environmentalists are protesting clearing additional defensible space around property in Knox, Victoria, to reduce the bushfire threat (19); but after being convicted of starting a Black Saturday bushfire which killed 10 people, a former volunteer firefighter is considering an appeal (20). Country Fire Service quickly contained a bushfire burning near Furner, South Australia (21); while Western Australian utility Western Power continued discussions with bushfire survivors from a 2009 blaze in Toodyay over compensation for their losses (22). And finally, firefighters in Nebraska are putting their automotive skills to work filling the need for a wildland fire truck with a $10,000 used vehicle that replaces something that would've cost $100,000!

(1) Jury mulls lawsuit over 2008 copter crash that killed firefighters

(2) Forest Service has a weed problem in wilderness

(3) Summit County: Grants available for wildfire mitigation

(4) Door to Door Storage Assists in Recovery Efforts for Community Destroyed by 2011 Texas Wildfires

(5) Grass fire season is here

(6) Rain should quash Duluth-area wildfire danger

(7) DNR Warns of Early Wildfire Danger

(8) A forest fire is not always a bad thing

(9) Smoke from Fire Visible Around the Region

(10) Controlled Burn Slated At Hovnanian Sanctuary Today

(11) Augusta County Holds Wildfire Workshop

(12) Risk of wildfire rising

(13) EFFIS - Current Situation

(14) Fires burning on Mount Kenya may have been set by poachers; flames rage through bamboo area

(15) KENYA: Conflict fears as wildfires destroy pasture, cause displacement

(16) Wildfires kill 10, displace 1,000

(17) Parliament vets two nominees for Eastern and Volta Regions

(18) Yunnan forest fire under control

(19) Knox's leafy image in doubt due to clearing laws

(20) Bushfire arsonist ponders appeal

(21) Firefighters contain South East fire near Furner

(22) Toodyay bushfire mediation continues

(23) Fire departments are snapping up bargains

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