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Wednesday, August 15, 2012


An ABC News video segment discusses five dozen wildfires burning across 10 Western states (1); followed by an overview of wildfire activity in California (2); and a summary of wildfire activity in Southern California, where the DC-10 saw some action in Riverside County yesterday (3); but the state capital is being inundated in wildfire smoke, prompting Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to issue warnings to people with respiratory problems (4); and an editorial from the San Francisco Chronicle rails against the new fire fee being levied against 800,000 rural dwellers (5); while firefighters have brought containment on the Wye Fire, which has burned 7000 acres in Lake County, to 60% (6); but firefighters battling a 1,787-acre wildfire near Happy Camp are having to tread lightly (7). A summary of wildfire activity in Oregon is provided by the next item (8). An army of 800 firefighters has brought the 40 mi.² wildfire burning outside of Cle Elum, Washington, to 10% containment (9); heavy air-tankers making their presence felt over the blaze (10); an Op-Ed piece taking a closer look at the Department of Natural Resources' 2020 Strategic Plan for Wildland Fire Protection to deal with wildfires in a state that will probably see 600,000 new homes moving into wildland areas by the year 2020 (11). A 350-acre wildfire burning in Nevada's Virgin Mountains near Mesquite is 20% contained (12). As Arizona's monsoonal moisture dries out, the wildfire danger has increased (13); Tonto National Forest reporting that a 1,200-acre wildfire was being attacked from the air in difficult terrain (14). New Mexico's Gila National Forest, which has seen 46 lightning-sparked wildfires erupt since early July, is bracing for more of the same (15). Boise Airport is suffering through a busy summer as air-tankers share the only open runway with commercial flights (16); OSHA investigators in Idaho probing the death of a 20-year-old wildland firefighter killed by a falling tree (17); even as seasonal firefighters prepare to head back to school (18). Texas Forest Service provides an update on wildfires in that state in the next item (19); while an 888-acre wildfire in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest has moved into the Fitzpatrick Wilderness area (20). Fires continue to crop up in Montana, where quick work by firefighters snuffed a blaze at Travelers' Rest State Park (21); the governor declaring 23 counties as "emergency areas" (22); Helena Regional Airport's air-tankers being credited with providing a critical service to crews on the fireline (23). Some insights on the thinking of US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is provided by a Washington Post article (24); but even though Pres. Obama has signed a bill which would provide health care benefits to seasonal firefighters, some wonder whether they will be able to afford the coverage (25). The International Association of Wildland Fire sent along an invitation to register for their upcoming Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, in February (26); while heavy air attack by Canadian air-tankers on a wildfire near Vernon, British Columbia, resulted in quick containment of the blaze (27). As wildfires continue to scorch Spain's Canary Islands, critics are taking aim at cuts to firefighting resources as a contributing factor to the disaster (28). An update on the fire situation in Russia's Ural Federal District, where 29 wildfires have been extinguished, is provided by the next item (29); although some people in that region are not taking fire prevention and safety rules seriously (30). Thailand's Forest Fire Control Division reported several wildfires that scorched 15,000 rai (about 6,000 acres) of forest land (31); and the difficulty of changing farmers' traditions of slash-and-burn plantation operations in South Sumatra, Indonesia, is examined by the next article (32). Heading to Australia, Victoria's Fire Services Commissioner is eyeing schools as possible bushfire refuges (33); but only 40% of the residents of that state will be able to receive bushfire alerts via mobile phone (34). Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is concerned about the bushfire season ahead with fires already breaking out early (35). And finally, a Knoxville, Tennessee, firefighter has come up with a cool new invention - really cool!

(1) Western Wildfires: More Than 60 Fires Rage Across 10 States

(2) Crews report mixed results in Calif. wildfires

(3) 400 firefighters battle 3,000-acre Buck fire in Riverside County

(4) Heavy smoke bothers Sacramento residents as several wildfires burn

(5) Share the bill for firefighting costs

(6) Firefighters make progress on Wye Fire; containment rises to 60 percent

(7) Fires near Happy Camp, Calif., grow to 1,787 acres

(8) Homes evacuated in face of Eastern Oregon wildfire

(9) Firefighters trying to contain Washington wildfire

(10) Heavy Air Tankers Battle Taylor Bridge Fire In Central Wash.

(11) Forest fires: A potential to get worse in years ahead

(12) Eastern Mine Fire estimated at 350 acres

(13) Monsoon Falters; Wildfires Return

(14) Tonto National Forest fire now at 1,200 acres

(15) Lightning-caused fires keep forest busy

(16) A Closed Runway, Air Tankers Make For Busy Days At Boise Airport

(17) Federal officials investigate Idaho wildfire death

(18) Seasonal firefighters get ready to head back to school

(19) Firefighters get closer to containing Palo Pinto wildfires

(20) Shoshone Forest fire grows to near 900 acres

(21) Fire blackens grass, pump house at Travelers' Rest State Park in Lolo

(22) Forest fire facts

(23) Slurry bombers critical to Montana firefighting efforts

(24) Forest Service chief on managing 193 million acres of national forest

(25) Wildland Firefighters Hope For Health Benefits

(26) 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

(27) Bush fire near Vernon under control

(28) Canary Islands firefighters make progress tackling forest fires

(29) In the Urals, was able to stabilize the situation with forest fires

(30) Kaluzhskye tenants care little about fire safety in forests-environmental Prosecutor’s Office

(31) Forest fire torches 15,000 rai

(32) Slash-and-burn practices lead to forest fires in S. Sumatra

(33) Vic schools likely to be fire refuges

(34) Bushfire and emergency mobile phone alerts for Telstra customers only

(35) Grim warning on bushfires

(36) Firefighter's invention keeps HS players cool

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