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Monday, December 03, 2012


A new report from industry research firm IBISWorld revealed that the Private Firefighting Services industry has seen an upward spike in revenue as state and federal fire agencies reduce personnel (1). The International Association of Wildland Fire sent along their latest Fire Research News update (2); while the California Fire Science Consortium, sent along their December newsletter (3). In San Diego County, California, Sempra Energy Foundation's $5 million in philanthropy is being contrasted with San Diego Gas & Electric's efforts to recover $369 million in wildfire-related expenses (4); but a new 1% sales tax will be levied by the state on lumber and "engineered" wood products to provide funds for, among other things, wildland firefighting (5). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Dan Ware, Fire Information Officer for New Mexico State Forestry, discusses the efforts of inmate crews to reduce the wildfire danger during record high temperatures in the next article (6). Despite gusty winds, containment lines held Colorado's Fern Lake Fire to 4,400 acres (7); even as a new blaze destroyed a cabin near Red Feather Lakes (8); and a homeowner in Routt County got a harsh reminder of how easy it is to accidentally spark a wildfire (9); meanwhile, a suspected fake firefighter pleaded not guilty in court (10). A trio of wildfires have been reported in South Dakota's Black Hills (11); and Hazard, Kentucky, lived up to its name as a 600-acre wildfire threatened homes over the weekend (12). A wildfire in McDowell County, West Virginia, was quickly brought under control by volunteer firefighters (13); but following 73 wildfires that burned over 1,000 acres in November, Virginia Department of Forestry has extended the fall fire season until December 10th (14). The Canadian federal government refused to alter construction codes to better protect communities from destructive wildfires (15); while India will be using satellite surveillance to get a jump on bushfires in the northern state of Mizoram (16). Heading to Australia, Victoria's Fire Services Commissioner discusses the bushfire season ahead in the next article (17); while Country Fire Authority's chief officer said that, for the first time since 2009, Victoria is facing a "real fire season" (18); and in Queensland, authorities fear this could be the worst bushfire season in a decade (19). An article from New South Wales discusses how more modern building materials can help prevent fires from destroying homes (20); while a primary school in Bremer Bay, Western Australia, was forced to close for two days due to a nearby bushfire (21). Helicopters were brought in to help fight an 8,000-hectare bushfire burning in Tasmania's Central Highlands (22). And finally, a Texas volunteer firefighter whose home was destroyed in the Bastrop County wildfires got a new home on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”!

(1) Private Firefighting Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

(2) FERA Fire Research News Update

(3) December 2012 Newsletter

(4) After 2007 wildfires, corporate philanthropy tests its limits

(5) California to collect 1% fee on lumber and wood products

(6) Inmates help prevent wildfires

(7) Fern Lake Fire lines held overnight Sunday

(8) Fire Near Red Feather Lakes Destroys Cabin

(9) Steamboat Springs firefighters knock down wildfire in Elk River Estates

(10) Suspected fake firefighter Michael Maher pleads not guilty in court

(11) Three small fires burning in Black Hills, Mount Rushmore

(12) Fire burns hundreds of acres on Gays Creek

(13) Five-Hour Forest Fire

(14) State officials extend fall fire season to Dec. 10

(15) Federal commission says 'no' to building code changes for wildfire-prone areas

(16) Satellite aid to contain bush fires

(17) Bushfires: Back into the furnace

(18) Bushfires: Cardinia Shire facing tough summer

(19) Fears southern Qld bushfire threat worst in 10 years

(20) Bushfire season is here! How to protect properties and minimise the risk of damage

(21) WA primary school closed due to bushfire

(22) Highlands bushfire burning out of control

(23) Victims of Bastrop wildfire featured on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

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