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Monday, June 04, 2012


A 10-acre wildfire burning in San Mateo County, California, prompted freeway offramp closures on Saturday (1); while resources battling a 1,600-acre wildfire in Sequoia National Forest were bolstered, bringing containment to 35% (2). An ABC news video discusses wildfires burning in the Southwest (3); Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators estimating that a 1,070-acre wildfire burning near Gardnerville, Nevada, was now 55% contained (4). Several wildfires continued to blaze across New Mexico (5); where scientists are worried about re-growth in areas scorched by the 156,000-acre Las Conchas Fire last year (6); even as firefighters brought containment of the massive 377 mi.² Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire to 17%, allowing the ghost town of Mogollon, which had been evacuated, to reopen this Wednesday (7); but a wildfire near Bear Springs grew to 100 acres in size (8). Fire crews continued to make progress on a pair of wildfires burning in Colorado (9); where a wildfire in the Boulder Ranger District was contained to less than an acre (10); and the governor is set to sign wildfire compensation bills today for the Lower North Fork Fire that killed 3 people and caused $11M in property damage in March (11); an op-Ed piece discussing what the state's responsibility should be in regards to that blaze (12). State and federal officials are becoming concerned about firearm activity in Utah after target shooting sparked a 1,680-acre wildfire (13). It's a sad day for Montana-based Neptune Aviation, which had one P-2V aircraft crash fighting a fire in Utah (14); and another totaled while landing in Douglas County, Nevada (15); even as the National Transportation Safety Board prepared to begin investigations (16); Wildfire NOTD subscriber Mike Meadows, a professional air-tanker photographer, sending along the photo of Tanker 11 in action seen above. A lack of funding has prompted US Forest Service to stop posting an overnight fire crew on Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest (17). There was trouble in paradise as a pair of wildfires was reported outside of Honolulu, Hawaii (18); one of the fires being stopped just 15 yards short of a home (19). Firefighters in Ontario, Canada, continued to make good progress on wildfires dampened by rainfall, including the massive 39,518-hectare blaze burning outside of Timmins (20). A costly wildfire has scorched 30,000 ha in India's Uttarakhand state, destroying thousands of dollars of timber in the process (21); and a corrupt forest department is looking the other way as wildfires destroy stands of timber in Himachal Pradesh state as well (22). Australian environmentalists threatened to "tree sit" to block logging in one of the few areas not ravaged by the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria's Toolangi State Forest (23). And finally, although we typically think of firefighters arriving at an incident in a fire truck, firefighters in Scotland reached theirs by ferry boat!

(1) Brisbane: Brush fire causes Hwy 101 offramp closures

(2) George Fire grows to 1,600 acres in Sequoia National Forest

(3) Wildfires Out of Control

(4) Preacher Mine fire still 55 percent contained, but the fire is not growing

(5) Several wildfires burn across New Mexico

(6) In the Line of Fire, Part Three

(7) As New Mexico Wildfire Fight Continues, Ghost Town a Sign of Progress

(8) Bear Springs fire grows to 100 acres this morning

(9) SUNRISE: Crews make progress on 2 Colo. wildfires

(10) Remote Colorado wildfire contained in Boulder Ranger District

(11) Governor To Sign Wildfire Compensation Bills Monday

(12) Guest Commentary: What is the state's responsibility in the Lower North Fork fire?

(13) Wildfire caused by target shooters prompts concern

(14) 2 pilots die as firefighting plane crashes in Utah

(15) Caught on camera: Air tanker makes emergency landing

(16) Investigators to probe cause of Neptune tanker crash

(17) Forest Service eliminates overnight fire crew in Bighorn National Forest; Day team remains

(18) Two wildfires keep Oahu fire crews busy

(19) Firefighter douse brush fire in Kunia

(20) Latest forest fire update for the Northeast Region

(21) About 30,000 hectares forest area affected by forest fire

(22) Himachal forests ablaze this summer

(23) Vic fire communities rally against logging

(24) Firefighters board a ferry to tackle blaze on island

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