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Friday, March 15, 2013


The Oregon Senate Budget Committee passed an amendment which aims to reduce fuel in overgrown forests that can lead to more intense wildfires (1); while the International Association of Wildland Fire sent along an invitation to an upcoming webinar based on a study from the University of Oregon that discusses the economic impact of large wildfires on local economies (2). The Arizona wildfire Academy conferred its first Southwest Wildland Firefighter of the Year Award on a Coronado National Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer (3). Colorado legislators are exploring the possibility of starting a public-private partnership which would allow the state to deploy its own firefighting air-tankers (4); and they may be needed soon as wildfire season has arrived early in the southern part of the state (5); even as a five-acre wildfire was reported in Colorado Springs (6); but following a year in which many Coloradans were devastated by wildfire losses, the legislature is pushing forward a bill that would provide more compensation in cases of government negligence in starting the fires (7). Mannheim, Oklahoma's, Sunset Bible Camp is still trying to rebuild after wildfires last year destroyed some of their facilities (8). Firefighters in South Dakota touted the benefits of the Firewise Communities Program in protecting homes from wildfires (9); and the Fire Management Officer for the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands counseled much the same thing to residents of that state (10). As Ohio's spring wildfire season begins, the Department of Natural Resources reminded homeowners not to burn trash during the daytime (11); while Alabama Forestry Commission firefighters are battling several wildfires in Mobile County (12). A Forest Fire Specialist from Pennsylvania's Delaware State Forest provided information to an emergency responder club on wildfires (13); and a total of four wildfires were reported in Darlington County, South Carolina, yesterday (14). Dry fuel and low humidity has prompted the National Weather Service to issue wildfire warnings for parts of Florida through the weekend (15). As a wildfire near San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic, reached 80% containment, a seed bank was inaugurated which will provide 20 million saplings for reforestation efforts in that Caribbean island nation (16); and another fire was reported in Waterford, Bahamas (17). In the UK, alert Bracknell Forest Council street cleaners snuffed a bushfire burning close to the Forest Council's offices (18); but smoke from wildfires in Myanmar and Thailand have heavily polluted the air in northern Thailand (19). As New Zealand struggles through the worst drought in 30 years, Auckland imposed a burn ban (20); while at the class-action lawsuit against SP AusNet in Victoria, Australia, one mother recounted the loss of her son during one of the Black Saturday bushfires blamed on the utility's equipment (21). And finally, a firefighter from Selden, New York, received a call to a familiar address: his own!

(1) Committee Passes Merkley Amendment Aimed at Creating Jobs in Overgrown Forests

(2) The Economic Impact of Large Wildfires

(3) Wildfire Academy honors firefighter for going beyond the call of duty

(4) 2 Lawmakers Want Colorado To Have Its Own Wildfire-Fighting Planes

(5) Wildfire season arrives early

(6) 5-acre wildfire contained in Colorado Springs

(7) Lawmakers Push Wildfire Victim Compensation Bill Forward

(8) Sunset Bible Camp looks to rebuild after wildfires

(9) Now is the Time to Protect Your Home and Property from Wildfire

(10) Now is The Time to Protect Your Home From Wildfires

(11) ODNR: Don’t burn during the day during spring wildfire season

(12) Controlled burn in Mount Vernon brought smoke into Mobile; firefighters battling wildfires in Grand Bay

(13) Forest Fire specialist visits Emergency Responder Club

(14) 4th forest fire of the day burns in Darlington County

(15) Wildfire warning in effect for Tampa Bay area

(16) Central Mountains forest fire 80% under control: Environment

(17) Update: Bush fire comes under some control in the Community of Waterford

(18) Street cleaners put out town centre bush fire

(19) Air Pollution: Northern Thai "hell in the air"

(20) New Zealand parched as worst drought in 30 years takes toll

(21) Mother describes anguish of losing son in bushfire

(22) New York firefighter arrives to find own house in flames

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