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Friday, June 29, 2012


Our first article today takes a behind-the-scenes look at incident command headquarters that are coordinating firefighting efforts in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Montana (1); followed by a new map from NASA that shows how wildfires across the West are spreading pollution across the country (2). An update on Colorado's wildfires is provided by the next article (3); where lightning sparked a wildfire near Eagle that had expanded to about 7 acres Thursday night (4); and a 12,047-acre wildfire closed Highway 70 in De Beque Canyon (5); wildfires prompting the White House to declare the state a major federal disaster zone (6); Pres. Obama planning to arrive at noon today to tour burn areas hard hit by wildfires (7); but pre-evacuation notices for Douglas County were canceled as firefighters brought containment on the 16,750-acre Waldo Canyon Fire to 15% (8); nevertheless, the wildfire claimed its first victim (9); and authorities are concerned about a missing elderly couple last seen pulling into their garage as the fire approached their Colorado Springs neighborhood (10); where authorities are probing whether the blaze was an arson job (11); even as conspiracy theorists postulate that terrorists may be setting some of Colorado's wildfires (12); in the meantime, all eight MAFFS-equipped C-130 military aircraft will begin operating out of Peterson Air Force Base on Saturday (13); the next item providing some striking photos of the wildfires as seen from the International Space Station (14); while U.S. Bancorp Foundation donated $75,000 to the Red Cross to help wildfire evacuees (15). A summary of wildfire activity in Utah, where 120,000 acres have burned, is provided by the next article (16); followed by a tally of firefighter injuries on those blazes (17); and an article which provides a first-person perspective on being close to a wildfire (18). Wildfire activity in Wyoming, where a 36 mi.² blaze is churning through Bridger-Teton National Forest, is provided by the next article (19); where the weather appears to be helping firefighters for a change (20). As weather conditions dry out and heat up, fire officials in Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest are bracing for wildfires (21); a radio station in Helena joining up with Red Cross in a fundraiser to help wildfire survivors (22). A 550-acre wildfire was reported in Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest (23); and Arkansas Forestry Commission reported a wildfire in Lonoke County yesterday (24). Weather conditions in Kentucky, where 100 acres went up in flames this past week, is the focus of the next article (25). Canadian air-tankers were called in to help fight a 1.5 ha wildfire near Penticton, British Columbia (26); the following article taking a look at the rising wildfire danger in northwestern Ontario (27). A radio segment from Victoria, Australia, draws parallels between Colorado's firestorm and the Black Saturday bushfires (28); Victoria's Premier worrying that reception black spots in the new disaster alert system might prevent bushfire warnings from reaching people in danger (29). And finally, we have a case of extreme devotion to duty, as a rookie firefighter allowed her own house to burn as she protected her town from the Colorado wildfires!

(1) 'War Room' Type Effort Places Firefighting Assets

(2) US wildfires spewing pollution all across the country

(3) Colorado wildfires: Updates on Flagstaff, High Park, Park Ridge and Eby Creek fires

(4) Lightning sparks wildfire near Eagle

(5) Another Colorado wildfire: Pine Ridge Fire forces evacuations, closes highway

(6) Colorado wildfires declared a major federal disaster

(7) Obama to tour site of worst-ever Colorado wildfire

(8) Firefighters Stop Progress Of Deadly Waldo Canyon Wildfire

(9) Worst wildfire ever in Colorado claims first victim

(10) Colorado wildfire: Couple missing in Waldo Canyon Fire

(11) Record Colorado Wildfire to Be Probed as Possible Arson

(12) Terrorists setting wildfires? Rumors heating up with Obama's visit

(13) All 8 Air Force firefighting planes activated

(14) Colorado Wildfires Seen From Space in Astronaut Video

(15) U.S. Bancorp Foundation Gives $75,000 to Colorado Wildfire Relief

(16) Hot, dry windy weekend ahead for Utah firefighters

(17) 6 firefighters injured so far fighting Utah blazes

(18) Watching wildfire up close and personal

(19) Bridger-Teton fire makes big run as new fires erupt

(20) Weather helps firefighters near Roundup; Northern Cheyenne blaze persists

(21) Resources called home as fire risk rises

(22) Wildfire fundraiser set for today

(23) Fire At Mark Twain National Forest Grows To 500+ Acres

(24) Crews contain forest fire in central Arkansas

(25) Hot and dry conditions cause forest fires

(26) Forest fire near Kaleden

(27) Fire hazard on the rise

(28) Colorado "firestorm" brings back horrific memories

(29) Phone black spots scuttle disaster alerts

(30) Rookie Firefighter Sees Own House Burn as She Protects Town

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