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Thursday, November 29, 2012


US Forest Service investigators have determined that a faulty spark arrestor was to blame for a 10-acre wildfire that was contained northeast of the Southern California mountain community of Lake Arrowhead (1). Additional firefighters have been brought in to fight a 1,500-acre wildfire in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park (2); while dozens of Helicopter Association International members attended a meeting in Boise, Idaho, which addressed, among other things, the role of helicopters in wildland firefighting (3). A five-acre wildfire outside of Durrant, Oklahoma, briefly shut down Union Pacific's main rail line through that area (4); another five-acre wildfire near Sam Houston State University being contained by Texas firefighters (5). With 58% of the High Plains states of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas in extreme drought, can wildfires be far behind? (6) Wildfire NOTD subscriber Tom Eversole, Executive Director of the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Association, issued a press release in which Wildfire NOTD subscriber Dan Snyder, President of Montana-based Neptune Aviation, discusses plans to begin retiring its venerable P-2V aircraft as the newer BAE 146 air-tankers come on line (7); while a 215-acre wildfire burning in Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest should be fully contained today (8). North Carolina Forest Service fire crews have almost contained a 150-acre wildfire burning in Caldwell County (9); while firefighters have bulldozed a containment line around a 130-acre blaze in Watauga County (10). Police in Victoria, Australia, are trying to determine what happened to a bushfire memorial that disappeared from Toolangi (11). In a court ruling, several New South Wales agencies will be exempt from controversial WorkCover benefit caps while fighting bushfires (12); but as a 20-hectare bushfire burns near Pinnaroo, South Australia, total fire bans have been imposed across the state (13). And finally, in a follow-up to a previous story about Detroit fire stations being short on toilet paper, surprised firefighters received an outpouring of support from the community, including an offer of free Charmin toilet paper from Procter & Gamble!

(1) Crews Contain Wildfire

(2) More firefighters arriving to fight late-season wildfire west of Fort Collins

(3) HAI Firefighting and Natural Resources Committee Meeting

(4) Wildfire scorches secluded area near railroad tracks

(5) Body farm corpses spared from forest fire

(6) Drought expands, blankets High Plains

(7) Neptune Retires Some P2V Neptunes

(8) Mountain wildfire nearly contained

(9) Crews continue to battle Caldwell County wildfire

(10) Patterson fire sends smoke toward Watauga

(11) Toolangi bushfire memorial stolen

(12) Parks employees exempt like firefighters

(13) SA gets taste of summer to come

(14) Toilet paper, paper towel donations pour in to rescue Detroit firefighters

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