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Thursday, January 10, 2013


Malheur County, Oregon, is beginning the slow recovery from wildfires that devastated 556,000 acres last summer (1); while NOAA identified wildfires in Colorado and the West as one of the most important weather events of 2012 (2). Google will donate water tanks estimated to be worth $1.6 million to various organizations in Oklahoma, some of which could be used for rural firefighters during wildfires (3); and Verisk Insurance Solutions has made a new application called FireLine, which will help with wildfire risk management estimates, available in Texas (4). A volunteer firefighter from Pennsylvania admitted to setting several arson wildfires "because he likes to fight them" (5). The International Association of Wildland Fire sent along an item on special hotel rates at their upcoming 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, next month (6); even as Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune began an 8-month-long program of controlled burns on the base (7). Tangent Link sent along a reminder to sponsors and exhibitors about their upcoming aerial firefighting conference in Aix-en-Provence, France, this coming April (8). A photo spread shows some of Australia's worst bushfires since the turn of the millennium (9); while a lecturer from the University of Tasmania counsels adapting to life on a bushfire-prone continent (10); the following article discussing how better to deal with bushfire arsonists, a problem which costs Australia over $1 billion a year (11). A pair of bushfires in Victoria are worrisome to fire officials (12); the situation not helped by bushfire arsonists, who are wreaking havoc around Melbourne (13); current conditions prompting a total burn ban for the entire state (14); the situation not helped by government warnings that bushfire alerts through SMS may not be reliable (15). Following the destruction of 2 million ha of pastureland by bushfires in Queensland, Bendigo Bank has set up the Far North Queensland Bushfire Appeal with an initial donation of $100,000 (16). Firefighters in New South Wales continued to battle 126 bushfires (17); where firefighters are racing to stop one fire heading for the Tianjara plateau, where unexploded military ordinance is located (18); and although Rural Fire Service has been gaining ground on bushfires throughout the state, a warm-up over the weekend could put all that effort to naught (19); this at a time when the state government's firefighter funding cuts are hampering their ability to respond to bushfires (20). Fire crews from New Zealand have arrived to help Tasmania battle bushfires (21); while the impact controlled burns had on reducing the severity of one bushfire is examined by the next article (22); Prince Charles and his wife donating to a bushfire relief fund (23); as are sports teams (24); but thieves made off with some donated goods at a bushfire shelter in Nubeena (25). And finally, firefighters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, had a unique call: putting out a fire caused by the homeowner's dog turning on the stove!

(1) After devastating wildfires, parts of county begin to rebound

(2) NOAA names 2012’s deadly wildfire season one of top weather events for year (Photos)

(3) Google finds use for water-storage tanks from Oklahoma data center

(4) Verisk Insurance Solutions - Underwriting Helps Insurers Manage Texas Wildfire Risk

(5) Ex-Pa. Firefighter Said He Set Fires to Fight Them

(6) Special Hotel Rates for a Limited Time- 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

(7) Controlled burns planned at Camp Lejeune

(8) Aerial Firefighting Europe 2013

(9) GALLERY: The nation's worst bushfires since 2000

(10) Adapting to bushfires means accepting their place in Australia

(11) Bushfire arson: prevention is the cure

(12) Two Vic bushfires remain a concern

(13) Fire chief Bob Undy says arsonists getting out of control amid concern on suspicious fires

(14) Bushfire battle rages as total ban declared

(15) Warning: Don't rely on SMS during fires

(16) Bushfire appeal to help Gulf

(17) MEGA GALLERY: Bushfires across Australia

(18) Bushfire Rages Towards Unexploded Bomb Site

(19) Firefighters fear the return of heatwave

(20) Slash and burn as government cuts firefighting funds

(21) Kiwi firefighters hike into Tas wilderness to contain fires

(22) Forest burns take heat out of fires

(23) Prince Charles donates to Tasmania bushfire appeal

(24) Hawks, Roos offer support after Tassie bushfires

(25) Thieves 'stole' from Tasmania bushfire victims

(26) Dog to blame for fire in Oceanfront bungalow

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