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Thursday, November 15, 2012


The International Association of Wildland Fire, sent along an invitation to a webinar they will be conducting 11/20 which will discuss the USFS Mobile Technology Integration for Fire & Aviation Management (MTIFAM) Program (1). An eight-acre wildfire that was reported in the Angeles National Forest just north of the Southern California community of Azusa yesterday is now 90% contained (2); the blaze drawing the attention of the CL-415's stationed at Van Nuys Airport (3); but some are concerned that US Forest Service is not maintaining the Brown Mountain fire road, an important wildfire evacuation route used during the Station Fire (4); and an infestation of gold-spotted oak borer beetles in the Riverside County mountain community of Idyllwild will substantially increase the fire danger as trees are killed by the pest (5); while fire crews brought a 100-acre wildfire burning in San Luis Obispo County's Montaña de Oro State Park to 75% containment (6); even as US Forest Service conducted controlled burns near Tahoe City as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-jurisdictional Fuel Reduction Plan (7). The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, published a new study in Environmental Science & Technology which shows that smoke particles from forest fires traveled farther than ever believed before (8); and in New Mexico, the Little Bear Forest Reform Coalition will be discussing the benefits of basing a single-engine air tanker at Ruidoso's Sierra Blanca Regional Airport at a meeting next week (9). A researcher from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research discusses the impact of climate change on Colorado's forests in the next item (10); while school kids are doing their part to help brighten the holidays for High Park Fire survivors (11). The Red Cross has received a $237,000 donation to assist wildfire survivors in Creek County, Oklahoma, where a wildfire burned 58,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes this summer (12). Following a six-week investigation into the crash of a military C-130 air-tanker in South Dakota, a microburst is being blamed for the catastrophe (13); but a new North Carolina Forest Service ranger received a baptism of fire when a 150-acre blaze broke out in Watauga County during his first two weeks on the job (14). The Canadian federal government has denied $1 million in wildfire prevention funds to FireSmart Canada (15). The impact of bushfires on children in Victoria, Australia, is the focus of the next article (16); but the folks in Benambra are inviting Country Fire Authority volunteers to a shindig that honors them for their efforts during a bushfire which threatened the town (17). A fireworks demonstration sparked a bushfire along Queensland's Sunshine Coast (18); while the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales is on the hunt for a bushfire program officer (19). Fire crews in Western Australia were keeping a close eye on a bushfire burning near the City of Swan (20); while survivors of the Margaret River bushfire will have the $190,000 limit on compensation lifted by the state government (21); this at a time when Western Australia is facing a very bad bushfire season (22). And finally, a NASA supercomputer provides a striking image of the Earth, with green plumes showing forest fire activity worldwide!

(1) Mobile Technologies in Fire and Aviation Management

(2) San Gabriel Canyon road reopened following brush fire

(3) 'Super scooper' aircraft drop water on 7-acre brush fire north of Azusa

(4) Patch Letter: Horse Rescue Shows Brown Mountain Fire Road Weaknesses

(5) IDYLLWILD: Pest that kills oaks reaches county

(6) Fire containment expected today

(7) Forest Service to Conduct Kingsbury Grade Prescribed Burn

(8) Airborne particles smuggle pollutants to far reaches of globe

(9) Proposal calls for SEAT to be stationed at Ruidoso airport

(10) Colorado forests, they are a-changin’

(11) Photo: Brightening the holidays for wildfire victims

(12) Red Cross receives major donation for wildfire response

(13) Crew of Charlotte-based C-130 firefighting plane cited in crash

(14) New N.C. Forest Service Ranger for Watauga, Stuart Scott was

(15) Ottawa denies funding for wildfire prevention program

(16) Bushfire children face ongoing trauma

(17) Benambra remembers the 2003 bushfires

(18) Firies bring Doonan bushfire under control

(19) Bushfire Program Officer

(20) Bullsbrook bushfire alert downgraded

(21) Compensation cap lifted for bushfire victims

(22) WA on verge of horror fire season

(23) Planet in a Bottle

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