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Thursday, August 08, 2013


Discover Magazine interviewed Wildfire NOTD subscriber Ray Rasker, Executive Director of Montana-based Headwaters Economics, about how development in the fire-prone wildland-urban interface areas is increasing the damage done by wildfires across the West (1). As Southern California's Silver Fire expanded to 10,000 acres, 15 structures have been destroyed and three people injured (2); forcing nearby residents to make plans for a hasty departure (3); an NBC News video capturing images from the fireline (4); while the 60-acre Tram Fire was 20% contained (5); but a wildfire in Northern California has scorched 40 acres in the Mendocino National Forest (6); and the Stanislaus National Forest has put more fire restrictions into place (7); the following article taking a closer look at how the state's "One Less Spark, One Less Fire" campaign could impact automobiles (8); but a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency indicates that climate change will increase wildfires in the Golden State (9). Lightning strikes have sparked new wildfires in Central Oregon that forced evacuations from John Day (10); the next article examining the life of a teenage firefighter who died in a water tender rollover yesterday (11); an Oregon Public Broadcasting segment touching on the health issue wildfire smoke poses in the southwestern part of the state (12). A second National Guard C-130 from Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base equipped with MAFFS will join the fight against wildfires in the Pacific Northwest (13); while "The Benefit for Black Forest – Music in the Forest, For the Forest" plans to be the largest fundraiser ever put on to assist families impacted by the Black Forest Fire (14). As several wildfires continue to burn in Wyoming, fire crews are keeping a close eye on a 190-acre blaze in Yellowstone National Park (15); while Congressman Steve Daines met with US Forest Service in Bozeman, Montana, to discuss the 625-acre Emigrant Fire burning near Livingston (16). The next article takes a look back at a rash of wildfires that scorched Michigan's Upper Peninsula 80 years ago (17). In Europe, Italy and Greece reported five new wildfires (18); four people being injured by wildfires burning on the Italian island of Sardinia that have already scorched over 2,000 ha (19); and the military has been pressed into service helping battle wildfires in the Balkans (20); prompting the European Commission Emergency Response Centre to dispatch two firefighting aircraft to help with blazes in Croatia (21); while a dramatic increase in temperature in Russia's Siberia is pushing wildfires further north this year (22). The next article takes a comprehensive look at the thorny issue of ending Indonesia's annual siege of deliberately-set wildfires (23). Heading to Australia, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service reported a large bushfire in the vicinity of Burrum Heads (24); but negotiations over a lawsuit against South Australia's Country Fire Service by Eyre Peninsula graziers regarding the 2007 Black Tuesday bushfire have failed (25). And finally, firefighters were doing their part to provide young Canadian burn victims with some fond memories at Winnipeg, Manitoba's, 28th Burn Fund Camp!

(1) Western Wildfire Woes — And How to Avoid Them

(2) Silver fire grows to 10,000 acres; one person burned 'head to toe'

(3) Residents near Silver Fire plan for, experience worst

(4) 'Head to toe' burn victim among three hurt as California wildfire spreads

(5) BREAKING NEWS: Fire near Tramway parking lot

(6) Fire burns 40 acres of Mendocino National Forest

(7) Forest Enacts Fire Restrictions

(8) Hub Caps, Chains, And Exhaust Pipes Can Start Wildfires

(9) Report: Climate change is impacting California

(10) New wildfires prompt John Day evacuations

(11) Teenage firefighter died on the third day of his first firefighting season

(12) Wildfire Smoke Continues To Pose A Health Risk in Southwest Oregon

(13) Peterson AFB Firefighting Plane Joins West Coast Firefight

(14) 'Benefit for Black Forest' to aid fire victims. Final bands announced, more children's activities planned

(15) Crews keeping an eye on Yellowstone wildfire

(16) Congressman Daines meets with Forest Service officials for fire update

(17) August 7, 1933: Wildfires Ravage the U.P.

(18) EFFIS - Current Situation

(19) Four injured as fires rage on in Sardinia

(20) Balkans struggle with wildfires, high temperatures

(21) EU Emergency Response Centre helps bring fire-fighting aeroplanes to tackle forest fires in Bosnia and Herzegovina

(22) Siberian wildfires raging farther north than usual

(23) Ending Indonesia's forest fires

(24) Burrum Heads bushfire

(25) Multi-million dollar Black Tuesday bushfire lawsuit against CFS to continue after negotiations fail

(26) Firefighters Burn Fund camp kicks off in Winnipeg

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