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Wednesday, October 02, 2013


A 1/2-acre wildfire broke out in an oilfield in the Southern California community of Inglewood yesterday (1); but the government shutdown could impact the Del Rosa Hotshots based in San Bernardino County (2); and Red Flags will be flying again this weekend in San Diego County due to high winds and rising temperatures (3); Wildfire NOTD subscriber Matt Rahn, a Scientist in San Diego State University's Environmental Sciences Program, discussing plans to monitor the health of firefighters with sensors as they battle wildfires this fall (4); but officials lifted fire restrictions on the Lassen National Forest (5); even as a string of wildfires were ignited along Highway 70 in Butte County (6). An Oregon Public Broadcasting radio segment discusses the impact of wildfire smoke on people in the Pacific Northwest (7); but the government shutdown has delayed payout of benefits to a fallen wildland firefighter's widow in New Mexico (8). As ideas for how better to fight forest fires in Colorado fly around the capitol, the next article provides more details on some of the proposals (9); Wildfire NOTD subscriber Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Aviation, making a presentation to the Interim Committee for Wildfire Matters on the services his company could provide in fighting wildfires from the air (10); but the Summit County Sheriff warned that the government shutdown had shuttered Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit in Grand Junction just as the fall fire season is poised to get underway (11). With the completion of a mapping project, Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest can move ahead with 87,000 acres of thinning operations (12); while aircraft were called in to help battle a 1,000-acre wildfire that began as a 400-acre controlled burn outside of Grantsburg, Wisconsin (13). North Carolina Forest Service provided some fall fire safety tips ahead of National Fire Prevention Week (14); but wildfire activity in Europe diminished considerably, with only three blazes reported in Spain, Greece, and on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica over the past two days (15). As 60 bushfires continue to burn in New South Wales, Australia, one crept close to homes in Sydney and another threatened a fishing village on the mid-north coast (16); rain helping to quench a 10-hectare blaze in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park (17); but a Rural Fire Service volunteer firefighter has been charged with lighting almost a dozen bushfires around Lake Macquarie in August and September (18). A professor of botany at Victoria's University of Melbourne discusses the findings in a new study about bushfires in southern Australia in the next article (19). And finally, firefighters in Cape Coral, Florida, pulled a fire truck for an entire mile to raise money for a leukemia patient!

(1) Small Brush Fire Extinguished in Inglewood Oil Fields

(2) Pay Uncertain For Hotshot Crews Battling Wildfires During Government Shutdown

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