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Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Wildfire NOTD subscriber Tom Lasser, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the California National Guard, sent along an NIFC wildfire forecast (1). An update on US Forest Service's intention to allow night-flying helicopter operations over Southern California's Angeles National Forest next year discloses that they have yet to decide on who the heli-tanker contractor will be (2); while a 364-acre wildfire outside of Banning is now fully contained (3); but a 200-acre wildfire in Mendocino County that destroyed several structures is only 5% contained (4); and US Forest Service is investigating a pair of small wildfires discovered in Giant Sequoia National Monument yesterday (5); even as a wildfire conference is underway at Lake Tahoe's Grand Sierra Resort (6). Although fire crews continued to make progress on Oregon's 27,000-acre Pole Creek Fire, bringing it to 85% containment (7); smoke from the fire continues to impact air quality in Sisters (8); while lack of reciprocation, coupled with dry, windy weather has forced officials in Clatsop County to impose forest closures (9). Even though windy conditions on the Wenatchee Complex threatened to breach containment lines, firefighters were able to prevent that from happening (10); but the National Weather Service warned of Red Flag fire conditions across Eastern Washington through today (11); meanwhile, firefighters from the Yakima Complex assisted with a 30-acre blaze near Naches (12). Fire crews plan to conduct controlled burns in New Mexico's Lincoln and Santa Fe National Forests (13). Cadets from Colorado Springs' Air Force Academy will be assisting that city with rehabilitation efforts in the Waldo Canyon Fire burn area (14); this at a time when October has been declared Wildfire Awareness Month in several Colorado counties (15). A letter to the editor blames environmentalists and the US Forest Service for the abundance of smoke generated by Idaho's wildfires (16). A volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to jail for setting numerous wildfires in central Utah (17); while a 100-acre blaze has been reported near Cedar City (18). Unemployment benefits will now be available through November 1st to residents of Creek County, Oklahoma, impacted by wildfires (19). A pair of wildfires on Wyoming's Wind River Indian Reservation continue to burn (20); and officials met to discuss how to proceed with wildfire recovery efforts in Nebraska following wildfires that scorched over 160,000 acres this summer (21). Minnesota National Guard assets forward deployed to Thief River Falls Airport to assist with a 700-acre wildfire nearby (22); the following article recounting a very busy weekend for firefighters in Crookston who had a number of grass fires to deal with (23). Kentucky Division of Forestry is expecting a brisk fall fire season this year (24). Firefighters in British Columbia, Canada, quickly snuffed a one-hectare wildfire which briefly closed the Coquihalla Highway (25); while B.C. Wildfire Management Branch reported a 30-hectare wildfire near Kamloops (26). The rural municipality of St. Laurent, Manitoba, is appealing for assistance battling a wildfire that has been burning in the vicinity for weeks (27); while a total of 943 fires have burned 53,913 hectares in Ontario so far this year (28). The International Association of Wildland Fire, sent along an invitation to their Chilean Wildland Fire Conference this month (29). Wildfires continued to burn in Spain and Italy (30); while six forest fires covering over 100 ha were reported in Siberia, Russia (31). Backyard burning has been banned on Malaysia's portion of the island of Borneo, which has seen 663 bushfires so far this year (32). Australian firefighters managed to extinguish a 3 km bushfire burning outside of Cairns, Queensland (33); but work stoppages in a pay dispute could impact the number of firefighters available to battle future bushfires (34). Although thousands of hectares have been burned by a bushfire in New South Wales, burrowing animals have survived by staying underground (35); while female firefighters from Millbrook, Western Australia, commemorated 25 years of battling bushfires (36); the issue of the decline in forestry operations impacting the Tasmania Fire Service being re-examined by the next article (37). And finally, South Australian Museum, concerned about the damage 2007's bushfires did to habitat on Kangaroo Island, have a clarion call: save the bees!

(1) October Fire Risk Highest in California, Pacific Northwest

(2) USFS To Resume Night Helo Firefighting

(3) Banning wildfire fully contained, 364 acres burned

(4) ‘Flynn Fire’ burning near Comptche destroys five structures; dozens more threatened

(5) Wildfires near Johnsondale CA under investigation says USFS

(6) Wildfire Summit Held at Grand Sierra Resort

(7) Pole Creek Fire work: Dig new lines, rehab others

(8) Wildfire southwest of Sisters continues to burn, clogging air

(9) Warmer temperatures prompt forest closures

(10) Fires flare up in wind, but don’t escape lines

(11) Winds whip up wildfire danger in E. Washington

(12) New wildfire sparks near Naches; complex fires burn on

(13) Lincoln, Santa Fe forests prep for prescribed fires

(14) Colorado: Academy supports City's Wildfire Recovery Efforts

(15) October has been declared Wildfire Awareness Month

(16) Letters: Thank the Environmentalists for All the Smoke

(17) Volunteer firefighter gets jail in arson cases

(18) Crews tackling late-fire season blaze near Cedar City

(19) Workers affected by Noble wildfire may be eligible for employment benefits

(20) Two wildfires burn on reservation

(21) Rain seen as biggest need for fire recovery effort

(22) Minnesota National Guard assist in firefighting

(23) Extreme drought/extreme fire danger: Crookston firefighters have a very busy weekend

(24) Ky. prepares for 'active' forest fire season

(25) UPDATE: Coquihalla reopened after forest fire closure

(26) Wildfire burning near Kamloops, B.C.

(27) Help needed in fighting St. Laurent wildfire

(28) Thousands and thousands of hectares burned in forest fires

(29) Chilean Wildland Fire Conference -- October 2012

(30) EFFIS - Current Situation

(31) Forests on fire in Russia’s Siberia

(32) 663 cases of bush fires till Sept this year — Fire Department

(33) Bushfire put out, power restored in Goldsborough Valley near Cairns

(34) Qld firefighters begin work stoppages

(35) Animals survive bushfire by staying in burrows

(36) Female fireys feted

(37) Forestry decline puts heat on fire fighters

(38) Battle to Save Endangered Bee

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