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Thursday, October 17, 2013


Wildfire NOTD subscriber Rich Brooks, a Reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, provides information on a seven-acre wildfire which broke out on the edge of Southern California's Cleveland National Forest yesterday (1); Los Angeles-based Fire Protection Group weighing in on the importance of fire safety in the next article (2); while the Little Lake Fire Protection District put out a call for volunteers (3). Wildfires this summer burned 162 mi.² in Oregon at a suppression cost of $122 million and the loss of an estimated $370 million in timber alone (4); local government officials in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, learning a few things about the protection of homes from wildfires at a meeting (5). As dozens of bushfires rage across New South Wales, Australia, some were calling it the worst bushfire crisis in more than a decade (6); the next article providing a timeline of how the day unfolded (7); a bushfire forcing closure of Newcastle Airport (8); a collection of photos from the front lines being offered by a BBC article (9); a summary of 'tweets' on the blazes follows (10); evacuees from Yellow Rock recounting their harrowing experience after being trapped by a bushfire (11); while authorities debated whether to close schools (12); and the Premier feared that lives would be lost before the fires abated (13); even as the Rural Fire Service website crashed repeatedly due to an overwhelming number of visitors (14). And finally, we look back 50 years to a 300-acre wildfire in New Jersey's Norvin Green State Forest which was fought by volunteers armed only with brooms and 'Indian tanks'!

(1) CORONA: Cooking fire ignited 7-acre blaze (UPDATE)

(2) The Yosemite Rim Fire Serves as a Stark Reminder of the Importance of Fire Safety

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