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Friday, January 25, 2013


In the face of continued drought, Colorado State Forest Service is urging landowners to prepare for wildfires (1); but a man accused of punching a sheriff's deputy who was trying to prevent him from returning to his Montezuma County property during the Roatcap Fire in October will have to do community service work to avoid jail time (2). Folks in Lakeway, Texas, are planning a Firewise Field Day to reduce the wildfire danger to their community (3); while California-based Caylym Technologies reported success testing its Guardian System aerial firefighting product with Italian aircraft manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi and the Romanian Air Force on C-27 Spartan aircraft which have been offered at no charge to the US Forest Service as a next generation air-tanker (4). A wildfire consumed about 200 acres of Chirpine forest near Gyalpoizhing in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (5). A road was closed south of Auckland, New Zealand, by a landslide caused by a bushfire in Hunua Gorge (6); while New Zealanders who were trapped by bushfires in Tasmania, Australia, recall their experiences in the next article (7). An Op-Ed piece disputes the theory that cattle grazing in Australia's national parks will reduce the damage done by bushfires (8); and although commercial printers across the nation have avoided serious losses from bushfires directly, the indirect impact economically could be significant (9). The bushfire threat in Victoria continues to diminish (10); while the next item provides some photos from the fire lines in Gippsland (11). Fire crews from New South Wales' Rural Fire Service reported a bushfire near Broke (12); and a 25-hectare blaze continued to burn in Kanangra-Boyd National Park near the Jenolan Caves (13); a small bushfire coming close to homes in Rooty Hill as well (14). A suspicious bushfire near Karrinyup, Western Australia, has been contained (15); but the former Chief Executive Officer of the Bush Fires Board of Western Australia disputes the concept that climate change is behind the recent spate of bushfires across the continent in an Op-Ed piece (16). More than $7.3 million in state and federal government funding has been handed out to Tasmanians affected by recent bushfires (17); while Launceston City Council plans to donate $20,000 to the Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfires Appeal fund (18). And finally, firefighters in Norway had a tough battle on their hands last week: a truck full of goat milk cheese that burned for four days in an Arctic tunnel!

(1) Landowners reminded to prepare for wildfires

(2) Montezuma County wildfire assault case resolved

(3) Lakeway, Firewise group aim for reduced wildfire threat

(4) Caylym Technology’s New Aerial Firefighting System Finishes Successful Tests with the C-27J Spartan and the Romanian Air Force

(5) About 200 Acres of Chirpine Forest Burnt

(6) Bush fire in Hunua Gorge causes landslip

(7) Bushfires danger put holiday on hold

(8) Fact check: does grazing reduce bush fires in national parks?

(9) Printers fear economic costs of floods and bushfires

(10) Victoria bushfire threat fades

(11) Bushfire in Gippsland, In photo

(12) Bush fire near Broke

(13) Bushfire east of Jenolan Caves

(14) Rooty Hill Central Park bushfire threatens Pimelea Pl homes

(15) Bushfire in Karrinyup - Trigg area contained

(16) Face facts on wildfires

(17) Bush fire recovery payments flowing

(18) Council push to boost bushfire relief effort

(19) Norway Goat Cheese Fire Shuts Down Road Tunnel

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