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Wednesday, April 10, 2013


The Red Cross provided assistance to people impacted by wild weather across the US yesterday, including wildfire evacuees in Southern California (1); while pilots weighed in on safety issues if the FAA goes forward with plans to close the control tower at Ramona Airport in San Diego County (2); and Kern County Fire Department will be hosting wildfire awareness events in several towns in a few weeks (3). Following the second-warmest March in Tucson, Arizona's, history, weather forecasters are having a tough time predicting this year's fire outlook (4); the next article examining Colorado's extended fire season (5). Firefighters battled a trio of wildfires in Pennsylvania's Lehigh County (6); and fire crews had a wind-driven wildfire to deal with in Methuen, Massachusetts, as well (7). The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety is investigating a wind-driven wildfire that raced through difficult terrain near Kearny yesterday (8); this at a time when the New Jersey Forest Fire Service cited the elevated wildfire danger (9); but in the meantime, a 50-acre blaze has been extinguished in Morris County (10). Fire crews battled wildfires in Virginia's Albemarle and Nelson counties (11); while another blaze was reported in South Carolina's Uwharrie National Forest (12). Smoke from a 400-acre wildfire in Florida's Ocala National Forest forced closure of roads in Marion County (13); a photo spread from the fireline in Escambia County provided by the next item (14); all of which underscores the importance of safety tips issued by the Florida Forest Service during Wildfire Awareness Week (15). Wildfires today will be compared with those that blazed through British Columbia, Canada, ten years ago at the Western Wildfire Conference in Kelowna this week (16); the next article profiling Mexico's Los Diablos, an expert wildland firefighting crew which has been battling wildfires along the US-Mexican border for two decades (17). An editorial from Gambia discusses the danger bushfires pose in rural parts of that African nation (18). A couple of photos show forest policemen at work battling a wildfire in China's Yunnan province (19); but firefighters in the Himalayan nation of Nepal, overwhelmed by several forest fires currently burning, are hoping for rain to quench the blazes (20). Helicopters have been called in to help battle a bushfire near Taihape, New Zealand, that has forced evacuations (21). A pair of Air Tractor AT-802F aircraft based in Victoria, Australia, are off on an island-hopping jaunt to Canada (22); while duffers did their part to raise $40,000 to help bushfire survivors in Yass, New South Wales (23). And finally, firefighters in Nashville, Tennessee, fighting a house fire had an unexpected hazard crop up: a shooter nearby!

(1) Blizzards, Wildfires, Tornadoes-Red Cross Offers Safety Tips

(2) Pilots talk safety, pending Ramona tower closure

(3) Fire department to hold wildfire awareness events

(4) Forecast for Arizona's fire season, monsoon a tough call this year

(5) Are December Wildfires A ‘New Normal’ For Colorado? CSU Researchers Debate

(6) Firefighters respond to brush fires in Lower Milford, Weisenberg townships

(7) Wind fuels stubborn brush fire

(8) Two Kearny firefighters suffered heat exhaustion battling brush fire, fire chief says

(9) Forest Fire Service busy with brush fires in dry, windy conditions

(10) Big western Morris wildfire is out, but expect more

(11) Fire Crews Bring Albemarle and Nelson Wildfires Under Control

(12) Fire reported in Uwharrie National Forest in Randolph County

(13) 400-acre Marion wildfire closes road, threatens homes

(14) Firefighters Battle Perdido Lake Road Wildfire

(15) Fla. Comm. Adam Putnam warns of extreme wildfire danger

(16) Public encouraged to learn about wildfires and forest fuels

(17) Los Diablos: Mexican Firefighters In The US

(18) Gambia: Combating Bush Fires

(19) Forest fire breaks out in Anning, Yunnan

(20) Ill-equipped authorities seek divine intervention as forest fires rage

(21) Kindy evacuated after bush fire

(22) Aircraft off to Canada after firefighting duty ends in Ballarat

(23) $40,000 raised for bushfire victims

(24) Firefighters Dodge Bullets At Fire Scene

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