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Thursday, November 08, 2012


A letter to the editor protests the impact of the State Fire Tax on residents of the Southern California beachside community of Malibu (1); while CAL FIRE reported a nine-acre wildfire burning near the desert community of Palm Springs (2); but a hazardous fuel reduction program in the Plumas National Forest has been redesigned in the aftermath of the Chips Fire (3). The next article takes a look at Oregon's controversial Northwest Forest Plan, which aims to practice ecological forestry (4); windy, dry conditions in Nevada's Carson City District prompting wildfire warnings from the Bureau of Land Management (5). An Op-Ed piece from Flagstaff, Arizona, discusses the mixed blessing of prescribed burns in the neighborhood (6); while judicial proceedings regarding restitution claims for the Wallow Fire have begun (7). Windy weather has delayed 331 acres of controlled burns in Otero County, New Mexico (8). A meeting to discuss drinking water conditions in Greeley, Colorado, touched upon the damage done by runoff from the High Park Fire burn areas (9); but at another meeting, firefighters who fought the Waldo Canyon Fire were honored (10); even as fire crews waited expectantly for snowfall so that they could begin burning thousands of debris piles (11). The next article takes a look at a new GIS program from Idaho State University that could help post-wildfire recovery efforts nationwide (12); while Texas Forest Service reiterated its warning to hunters about the wildfire danger across the state (13). Fire investigators are examining the origins of three small wildfires that broke out in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest (14); but shorter days and cooler temperatures have allowed Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands to ease fire restrictions (15). An abandoned campfire is being blamed for a 63-acre wildfire that blazed through Rowan County, Kentucky, last week (16); and the Maine Forest Service has levied a $74,000 fine on a resident of Utah for an accidental wildfire on Big Spencer Mountain (17). In Africa, forest authorities reminded residents of Gambia's Central River Region of the bushfire danger (18). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Nathan Maddock, Communications Officer for Bushfire CRC, sent along the November edition of their Fire Update newsletter for Australia (19); while Queensland Fire and Rescue Service volunteers received high praise from their commissioner for their efforts protecting properties from recent bushfires (20); and researchers at the University of New South Wales released a new study on how fire prone the state of Queensland is (21); while a radio segment from Sydney, New South Wales, discuss the importance of a Bushfire Survival Plan (22). A new study of the air quality in Perth, Western Australia, takes a look at the relationship between bushfire smoke and human health impacts (23). And finally, Tasmania Fire Service caused an uproar when they accidentally issued a bushfire emergency warning!

(1) Letter: Tax talk

(2) Wildfire burning near Whitewater Canyon

(3) Forest project canceled due to Chips Fire

(4) The battle of Rainbow Ridge

(5) BLM Urges Public Awareness of Wildfire Danger

(6) Prescribed Burns: A Necessary Evil

(7) Judge takes up restitution claims for Wallow Fire, Arizona's largest wildfire

(8) Controlled burn delayed in Otero County

(9) Drought, wildfires bring water challenges to area

(10) Convention & Visitors Bureau honors firefighters, others

(11) Foresters need snowpack to accelerate burning of thousands of slash piles

(12) Post wildfire recovery efforts could benefit greatly from Idaho State University/NASA/BLM GIS research project

(13) Caution urged with fires

(14) 3 small fires burn in northern Bighorns

(15) (Neb.)-Fire Restrictions Eased On Grasslands And In Forest Areas

(16) Cause of Rowan wildfire a warning to hunters, campers

(17) Utah man ordered to pay Maine $74,000 for fire

(18) Gambia: CRR Communities Urged to Protect the Forest Against Bushfire

(19) Bushfire Newsletter November 2012

(20) Commissioner praises QFRS volunteers

(21) Conditions conducive to high risk of increased bushfires

(22) Do you have a Bushfire Survival Plan?

(23) Air pollution study must factor in bushfire smoke

(24) The fire that never was

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