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Wednesday, August 08, 2012


A nine-acre wildfire was reported in Riverside County, California (1); while firefighters in Ventura County are keeping a close eye on fuel moisture as an indicator of wildfire danger (1); San Diego County unveiling the Airborne Video Camera System, something which will provide real-time video to fire managers on the ground during wildfires (3); and Los Padres National Forest has imposed fire restrictions due to the wildfire danger (4); wildfires being reported in Pebble Beach and Salinas yesterday (5); while a 1,500-acre blaze continued to burn in Lassen Volcanic National Park (6); firefighters in Northern California continuing to battle two major blazes, along with a few smaller ones (7); where a baker's dozen of lightning-sparked wildfires is keeping firefighters in the Klamath National Forest busy (8). Firefighters battled a 1,500-acre wildfire burning in Lake County, Oregon (9); but rolling debris caused problems for firefighters battling a seven-acre wildfire in rugged terrain in the Willamette National Forest (10); and although mechanical equipment is typically banned from federally designated wilderness areas, US Forest Service gave permission to use chainsaws and helicopters on wildfires burning along the California border (11). A wildfire which scorched 10 mi.² near Chelan, Washington, is nearly under control (12); but as firefighters battled a 10,000-acre grass fire outside of Selah, burn bans were invoked in Naches and Cle Elum ranger districts (13). A 26,951-acre wildfire burning in Nevada's Washoe County continues to expand unabated (14). A wildfire which has scorched 34,021 acres in Idaho's Salmon-Challis National Forest is now 3% contained (15); smoke from wildfires causing delays along Highways 55 and 17 (16). As firefighters battled wildfires across the state, they are trying to keep a 3,042-acre wildfire on the grounds of Utah National Guard’s Camp Williams away from an artillery practice range which contains unexploded ordnance (17). Investigators continue to probe the origins of six wildfires in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, deemed suspicious (18); four solid days of firefighting taking their toll on fire crews (19); and with 178,000 acres burned and over 100 homes destroyed in the state, pet owners in Tulsa have been offered free boarding for their four-legged friends at VCA Animal Hospitals (20); but not everyone is looking out for the best interests of wildfire evacuees (21). Wildfire activity in Montana, where the Highway Patrol suffered a communications failure when a wildfire destroyed a transmission tower on Little Wolf Mountain, is summarized in the next article (22); while much of western Montana is suffering from an abundance of wildfire smoke generated by blazes in Idaho and Montana (23). Ohio Department of Natural Resources recounted contributions by its firefighters battling wildfires in northeastern Idaho (24); a new study from Connecticut's Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies connecting methane production from diseased trees with Global Warming, which has been blamed for increased wildfire activity worldwide (25); while a 20-person crew is being dispatched from Delaware to Idaho to help battle wildfires (26). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Ed Story, CEO of Aerial Fire Response & Research Network, sent along an article in which Wildfire NOTD subscriber Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Flying Tankers, discusses the $5,000 reward he is offering for information about vandals who damaged the Hawaii Mars as it lay at anchor in Port Alberni, British Columbia, over the weekend (27). Higher humidity and lower temperatures helped firefighters battling wildfires on Spain's Canary Islands gain the upper hand (28); and firefighters in Bulgaria gained ground on a 4,000-decare (988-acre) wildfire burning near Belitsa (29). Firefighters had a trio of wildfires to deal with in Israel's eastern Carmel mountains (30). Australian researchers have discovered that horizontal convective rolls played an important part in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 (31); and with the approach of bushfire season, Queensland's Sunshine Coast Council is scheduling a number of controlled burns (32); while Bushfires NT firefighters battled a blaze which scorched between 300 and 400 ha outside of Darwin, Northern Territory (33). And finally, in a solo play which recaptures the horror of Australia's Black Saturday bushfires, an Australian actress will be playing everything from a child to a grandmother!

(1) Firefighters contain flames on Torres Martinez land

(2) Calif. Firefighters Use Moisture to Predict Fire Danger

(3) Infrared Eye in Sky Aids Firefighters

(4) Your Town: Los Padres National Forest adds fire restrictions

(5) Police briefs: Woodland fire draws big response

(6) North state forest land continues to burn; Lassen park road may reopen today

(7) Forest fires grow slightly overnight

(8) Lightning sparks 13 fires in Klamath National Forest; Dillon Fire fully contained Tuesday

(9) Storm causes largest local forest fire in Lake County

(10) Rolling debris speeds growth of fire on steep terrain near Westfir

(11) Helicopters, chain saws approved for wild fires

(12) Central Washington wildfire nearly under control

(13) Firefighters battle grass fire outside Selah; dry conditions prompt forest restrictions

(14) 26,951-acre wildfire closes road in northern Washoe County

(15) Halstead Fire 3 percent contained

(16) Wildfire causing big delays on Highways 55 and 17

(17) Crews, wary of unexploded shells, close lines on Pinyon fire

(18) Oklahoma wildfires: Six wildfires in Cleveland County suspicious, fire chief says

(19) Oklahoma wildfires take a toll on fire departments

(20) VCA Animal Hospitals Offers Free Boarding for Pets Affected by Oklahoma Wildfires

(21) Okla. AG Pruitt warns of wildfire-related scams

(22) Wildfire disrupts MHP radio dispatches

(23) Wildfires in Idaho, Montana causing hazy skies in Butte

(24) Ohio Wildfire Crew Continues Response to Western Wildfires

(25) Study: Diseased trees may be major cause of global warming

(26) Del. sends another crew to battle Western wildfire

(27) Waterbomber operator offers reward after vandalism puts aircraft in jeopardy

(28) Firefighters beat back Canary Islands blazes, Spain on alert

(29) Forest fire in southwestern municipality of Belitsa localized

(30) 5 firefighting crews gain control of blaze in Kiryat Tivon

(31) Unusual weather events identified during the Black Saturday bushfires

(32) Council douses bushfire danger

(33) Near-misses as fire raged

(34) Skirting the Fringe: Ali Kennedy Scott brings the story of Australia’s worst natural disaster to Edinburgh

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