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Thursday, June 27, 2013


Our first article today is a tip of the hat to fire lookout towers, which once numbered over 6,000 across the US (1); followed by something that is decidedly more high-tech: a lightweight fire suppression system that can be fitted on the back of an ATV (2). San Bernardino County is moving forward with its Inmate Hand Crew Program (3); but the Cleveland National Forest will be tightening fire restrictions on Friday (4); Wildfire NOTD subscriber Frank DeClercq, President of IAFF Local 145, discussing firefighter retention problems at San Diego Fire-Rescue, a department which is often called upon to fight wildland fires (5); while multiple agencies responded to a wildfire near Lake Isabella in Kern County yesterday (6); but high temperatures and low moisture levels have prompted fire restrictions to be imposed in the Sierra National Forest (7). Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality worked with several other agencies to develop new wildfire air-quality protocols (8). Washington state's Department of Natural Resources sponsored some wildland firefighting training outside of Colville this week (9); but the ticklish issue of what to do with the Green Mountain lookout tower is explored by the next article (10). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Rick Hatton, CEO of 10 Tanker LLC, discusses use of both of his mammoth DC-10 air-tankers over Arizona's Doce Fire in the next article (11). Wildfire activity in New Mexico is updated by the next article (12); where officials in the Carson National Forest debated whether to increase fire restrictions (13). Although Colorado's 14,280-acre Black Forest Fire is officially out, local residents were warned that flareups could occur (14); while a small wildfire has been reported near Central City (15); and it's been a busy time around Fort Collins as well (16); even as a mobilization center was set up at Clifton to serve as a strategic reserve of firefighters (17); and a contingent of firefighters from Honolulu, Hawaii, has been learning the ropes from an incident management team over the past few days (18); but as an 81,331-acre wildfire continues to threaten South Fork, the next article takes a look at the potential impact on tourism (19); and Wildfire NOTD subscriber Tom Lasser, a retired Lt. Colonel in the California National Guard, sent along a press release from the Colorado National Guard which details their fight against wildfires in that state (20); while Lockheed Martin has pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross and the Lockheed Martin Employee Disaster Relief Fund to help employees impacted by the wildfires (21); and donations for Black Forest Fire survivors continued to pour in (22); but wildfire activity forced the closure of U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park to continue (23). In Texas, a consulting company has been selected to help with rehabilitation efforts and Community Wildfire Protection Plans for areas impacted by the Bastrop County wildfires in 2011 (24); while fire crews extinguished an 11-acre wildfire outside of Newburgh, Maine (25). Poor visibility due to wildfire smoke has closed a 30-mile stretch of Alaska's Parks Highway near Nenana (26). Fire officials in Labrador, Canada, are hopeful that weekend rains will help them corral a 24 km² wildfire that has closed the Trans-Labrador Highway (27); current conditions prompting officials to impose an open fire ban across the region (28). Heading to Europe, wildfires were reported in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Finland (29). Several peat fires have been reported in Malaysia (30); that Asian nation offering to mobilize up to 1,200 firefighters to help with the Indonesian wildfires (31); while Indonesia has agreed to move a meeting to discuss transboundary haze pollution caused by its wildfires up to July to accommodate Singapore and Malaysia which have been inundated with wildfire smoke (32). In Queensland, Australia, the Mackay Regional Council urged landowners to prepare for bushfires following several blazes over the past few days (33); South Australia's "fiery women" program, which aims to train women on how to prepare for bushfires, was conducted in Kimba (34). And finally, one Colorado Springs family just can't win for losing: their home, which survived the Black Forest Fire, was destroyed by an electrical fire internally!

(1) Requiem for the Fire Lookout

(2) MTECH Enhances Its QTAC Mobile All-Terrain Firefighting Systems with Vycom's Hitec Material

(3) San Bernardino County to train inmates to fight wildfires

(4) Cleveland National Forest: Tighter fire restrictions start Friday

(5) Chief: San Diego firefighter retention problems beginning

(6) Kern County FD: 225 personnel fought wildfire near Lake Isabella

(7) Extreme fire danger means no campfires in the Sierra National Forest

(8) New wildfire air quality protocol released to prepare for fire season

(9) Helicopter crews, firefighters practice their skills near Colville

(10) Forest Service seeks public input on Green Mountain lookout

(11) DOCE FIRE: Ground coordination, air support helped save homes from blaze

(12) Rabid Silver Fire shows signs of slowing as Jaroso Fire gets closer to homes

(13) Carson Forest to consider further fire restrictions

(14) There's smoke in Black Forest, but no fire

(15) Wildfire burning near Central City

(16) Fort Collins firefighters on alert after third day fighting quick-spreading fires

(17) U.S. firefighters converge in Colorado in anticipation of runaway wildfires

(18) 6 Honolulu firefighters learning at Colo. wildfire

(19) Colorado town struggles to get visitors back after wildfires

(20) Colorado Guard Continues Efforts in Wildfire Battle

(21) Lockheed Martin Pledges $100,000 To Colorado Wildfire Relief And Provides Support To Affected Employees

(22) Donations For Black Forest Fire Victims

(23) No Word Yet On Reopening Road Near Colorado Wildfires

(24) Bowman Consulting Demonstrates Expertise in Disaster Recovery and Wildfire Protection

(25) Responders finish off forest fire in Newburgh

(26) Wildfire closes Parks Highway near Nenana

(27) Forecasted rain will help fight large forest fire says duty officer

(28) Open fire ban implemented in western Labrador

(29) EFFIS - Current Situation

(30) Six cases of peat forest fires reported in S'gor, Johor, Terengganu

(31) Malaysia can send up to 1,200 firemen to Indonesia

(32) Indonesia agrees to expedite meeting on haze

(33) Landholders warned to be bushfire ready

(34) Firey women on the job

(35) Previously Evacuated Family Loses Home To Fire

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