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Friday, October 11, 2013


Wildfire NOTD subscriber Mikel Robinson, Executive Director at International Association of Wildland Fire, sent along an announcement that nominations are open for the IAWF Board of Directors (1). More details on yesterday's release of a study from CoreLogic detailing homes at risk from wildfires in the Western US are provided by the next article (2); a KPBS article from San Diego County, California, identifying 16,000 homes across the region that are in jeopardy (3); 83,174 residences in Colorado also being identified as "at risk" in the report (4); Boulder containing 8,955 residences worth $1.8 billion alone (5). A study from the University of Idaho published in the journal Environmental Research Letters reveals that more trees are felled by mountain pine beetles and wildfires than by logging operations (6); while a biology teacher from Ohio discusses the benefits of wildfires in clearing out underbrush (7). European wildfire activity continued to decline, with only one new outbreak reported at Sandıklı, Turkey (8). As 20 bushfires continue to rage across the Clarence Valley in New South Wales, Australia, one blaze outside of Glenreagh breached containment lines (9); while firefighters continued to monitor two bushfires outside of Kempsey Shire (10); and a pair of teenagers have been arrested for starting a bushfire near Lake Macquarie earlier this month (11); while an Op-Ed piece discusses ways to reduce the bushfire risk in that state (12); a firefighter with 30 years of experience battling bushfires offering a simple expedient: reduce bushfire fuel (13); in the meantime, homeowners in New England are being warned of a 10% increase in risk over last year (14). Wildfire NOTD subscriber Nathan Maddock, Communications Officer at Victoria-based Bushfire CRC, sent along their October newsletter (15); while a court hearing in Adelaide, South Australia, over a bushfire started in Brown Hill Creek in February has gotten underway (16). And finally, a young raccoon that survived Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire is getting a second chance at life!

(1) Nominate to join the Board of Directors

(2) Rising number of U.S. homes at risk from wildfires -report

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