As fall deepens across the West, our first article takes a look at this year's toll in wildfires, which includes 4,191 structures burned (1). San Diego Gas & Electric continued to lobby the California Public Utilities Commission for the ability to charge ratepayers for costs associated with wildfires started by their equipment (2); while fire crews in San Luis Obispo County are nearing full containment of a 100-acre wildfire that blazed through Montaña de Oro State Park (3); but an exposé reveals why a US Forest Service Type 2 hand crew from Kernville was sidelined during the height of wildfire season this past summer (4); while a ruling by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Governing Board could have a severe impact on controlled burns planned by Lake Tahoe Basin fire chiefs (5). A lecturer at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, had a peculiar title to his program about reducing the incidence of wildfires in the West: Save the River, Kill the Trees! (6) Arizona's Prescott National Forest will be suspending prescribed burn activity through Thanksgiving (7). A Montana-based company has donated 4,000 electric fence insulators to Natrona County, Wyoming, to help with the repair of fence line destroyed by recent wildfires (8); while Wildfire NOTD subscriber Chris Mehl, Communications Director for Headwaters Economics, sent along their Fall 2012 newsletter, which discusses, among other things, how more homes near forests and increasing temperatures have significantly increased future costs and safety risks from wildfires (9). A man who was burned over 95% of his body while fighting a wildfire on his property in Rockcastle, Kentucky has died (10). In Maine, Acadia National Park is taking steps to protect structures on Baker Island from potential wildfires (11); the wildfire danger on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, forming the focus of the next article (12). Volunteers kicked off a wildfire awareness campaign in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (13); while an Australian fireworks contractor apologized for sparking a bushfire that briefly threatened a score of homes along Queensland's Sunshine Coast (14). And finally, a New York Times article asks people in the West who survived this year's wildfires a simple question: What do you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
(1) Inferno Redux
(2) SDG&E continues to seek recovery costs
(3) Coon Creek Fire expected to be fully controlled today
(4) Government documents show why Rincon fire crew was sidelined
(5) Fire chiefs express concerns over burns
(6) Lecturer Promotes Killing Trees to Save Rivers
(7) Prescribed burns take a holiday
(8) Electric fences donated for those affected by wildfires
(9) Newsletter: Fall 2012
(10) Rockcastle man's death caused by fire on his property
(11) Acadia Moves to Protect Island from Forest Fires
(12) Cape prone to wildfires
(13) Campaign underway to prevent forest fires
(14) 'Embarrassed' contractor says sorry about Sunshine Coast bushfire
(15) What Are You Thankful for This Thanksgiving?