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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


A summary of the federal response to wildfires in the West is provided by our first article today (1); followed by a segment from the Discovery Channel that provides some details on fighting wildfires (2); but a National Public Radio episode discusses the helplessness people in the path of the West's wildfires feel (3). In Southern California, a trio of wildfires which broke out in the San Diego County community of Lakeside are under investigation (4); and the wildfire situation in the community of Palo Alto is summarized by the next article (5); while firefighters participated in a controlled burn training exercise outside of Oroville yesterday (6). Oregon is dispatching fire crews to help with wildfires in New Mexico and Wyoming (7); and an article from Wallowa County revisits the controversy over air-tankers dropping retardant on wildfires (8); while fire officials in Yakima, Washington, are reminding residents that they face fines if they fail to mow vegetation around their property (9). A small wildfire was reported in the hills outside of South Reno, Nevada (10). Wildfire activity across Arizona is the focus of the next article (11); where a pair of youngsters was responsible for starting one in Flagstaff (12); the danger posed by homeless people living in national forests being the next point of discussion (13). New Mexico's 287,000-acre Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire is now 37% contained (14); where a DC-10 Very Large Airtanker saw some action yesterday (15); but an administrator from Texas-based Hardin-Simmons University had a close encounter of the fire kind outside of Ruidoso (16). The High Park Fire burning in Larimer County, Colorado, is 10% contained after having scorched 46,600 acres (17); some video of air-tankers taking to the air to fight Colorado's wildfires provided by the next item (18); while smoke from that wildfire has prompted air quality alerts (19); the next article providing a behind-the-scenes look at operations in the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (20). Wildfire activity in Utah is summarized in the next article (21); where the National Transportation Safety Board has released preliminary results from their investigation into the crash of Tanker 11 (22). Although power was knocked out, a wildfire in Cameron County, Texas, spared several nearby homes (23); and although a 1,200-acre wildfire in Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is contained, firefighters continue to monitor hotspots (24). Wildfire smoke from Colorado fires was choking residents of Cheyenne, Wyoming (25); followed by an update on the wildfire in Guernsey State Park that was provided to citizens of local communities by the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team (26). Michigan's Department of Natural Resources announced 100% containment of the 21,127-acre Duck Lake Fire (27). The Chicago, Illinois, suburb of Geneva reported a wildfire from a Union Pacific train along railroad tracks (28); a similar phenomenon being reported in Michiana, Indiana (29). President Obama is poised to sign a bill that would authorize more money for air-tankers in Washington, DC, today (30). A 400-acre wildfire in Collier County, Florida, has caused visibility problems for motorists on Interstate 75 (31); but the cause of a wildfire that burned on the grounds of Hawaii's Pearl Harbor remains unsolved (32). British Columbia, Canada, continues to enjoy a year of low fire danger due to a wet, cool spring (33); while firefighters battled a trio of wildfires in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador (34). NASA's MODIS Satellite provides a striking image of fires in Namibia, Africa's, Etosha National Park (35); and an army of 3,000 personnel extinguished a wildfire burning in China's Shanxi province (36). An amendment to Victoria, Australia's, Sale of Land Act would require property owners to disclose the bushfire danger faced by potential buyers (37); while smoke from a nearby bushfire forced closure of Queenland's Bruce Highway near Mackay (38); but fire officials in Katherine, Northern Territory, have been grappling with a flurry of arson-sparked bushfires (39). The findings of a parliamentary inquiry into a bushfire that injured several ultramarathon runners in Kimberley, West Australia, have been delayed (40). And finally, one firefighter's wildfire-ravaged home in Bastrop, Texas, is getting an Extreme Makeover!

(1) USDA, DOI, FEMA provide firefighters, aircraft, and federal grants to western states

(2) How to Fight a Wildfire

(3) As Wildfires Rage, 'A Helpless Feeling'

(4) Investigators Work to Determine the Cause of 3 Brush Fires

(5) Wildfire danger is high this year

(6) North state firefighters learn wildfire investigation in Oroville

(7) State Crews, Fire Engines Will Help In New Mexico

(8) Fire retardant ruling issued

(9) Cut the grass or pay the fine

(10) Brush Fire Contained in South Reno

(11) Wildfire near South Rim chars 60 acres

(12) Young girls start small brush fire

(13) Homeless Pose Fire Danger In National Forests

(14) Gila Forest fire now over 1/3 contained

(15) Special airtanker goes to work right away on wildfires

(16) HSU Administrator Escapes Dangerous Forest Fire Near Ruidoso, N.M.

(17) Colorado wildfire: High Park Fire near Fort Collins at 46,600 acres

(18) Air tankers flying again

(19) Colorado wildfire: If you see or smell smoke, take precautions, health experts say

(20) Colorado wildfire: Western fire-command center eyes "big picture," preps for more blazes

(21) Crews reaching containment of Utah’s two biggest wildfires

(22) Report: Air tanker crashed into mountain

(23) Firefighters respond to brush fire

(24) Wildfire on the Refuge

(25) Wildfire smoke smudges skies above Cheyenne

(26) Guernsey State Park Wildfire: Briefing Unifies

(27) Wildfire 100 percent contained

(28) Possible train sparks cause brush fires in Geneva

(29) Passing train sparks brush fire

(30) Obama To Sign Bill Speeding Up Air Tanker Deals

(31) Brush fire in Golden Gate blowing smoke over I-75

(32) Cause of Pearl Harbor brushfire is undetermined

(33) Risk of forest fires remains low in region

(34) Forest fires burning in Labrador

(35) Bushfire in Etosha National Park, Namibia

(36) North China forest fire extinguished

(37) Buyers to be told about bushfire status

(38) Bushfire closes Bruce Highway near Mackay

(39) Town battles blazes

(40) Findings into disastrous ultramarathon delayed

(41) Door to Door Storage Joins with ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to Rebuild Bastrop County House Destroyed by Texas Wildfire

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