An update on the C-27J Spartan aircraft offered to the US Forest Service as both a smokejumper aircraft and an air-tanker is provided by our first article today (1); Wildfire NOTD subscriber Mikel Robinson, Executive Director of the International Association of Wildland Fire
, sending along a nomination form for their Board of Directors (2). Following the devastation wrought by Northern California's Rim Fire, Tuolumne County is working frantically to prepare for the inevitable mudslides brought on by winter rains in burn areas (3); while a Master of Arts undergraduate penned a poem about the Colorado Springs wildfires she observed from Cherry Creek Reservoir (4). A 31-acre wildfire was reported in Letcher County, Kentucky (5). Firefighters from five states continued to grapple with a 740-acre wildfire burning in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest (6); while a 10-acre wildfire was also reported in Tucker County (7). New Jersey Forest Fire Service firefighters brought containment of an 80-acre wildfire outside of Hamilton Township to 100% (8); but the Jersey Shore may have more wildfires break out after three months of dry weather despite light snowfall (9). Firefighters continued to battle a 15-acre wildfire in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest (10); while a congressional delegation is getting some education on how embers can ignite homes at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety in Chester County, South Carolina, today (11). The Australian Defense Force joined in cleanup operations in Yellow Rock and Winmalee, New South Wales, which were ravaged by bushfires last month (12); and those bushfires may spur some policy changes from what some perceive to be a penny-pinching government (13); but a new bushfire that blazed across 2,000 ha over the weekend near Gunnedah has been contained (14). A 15-hectare bushfire near Lewiston, South Australia, is being blamed on a lawn mower (15); while Tasmania's Bushfire Recovery Taskforce is seeking feedback from property owners impacted by January's bushfires (16). And finally, an article from Canada shows how Crowdfunding can be used to help equip fire departments across North America!
(1) Fate of remaining Air Force C-27Js still unknown
(2) Nominate to join the Board of Directors
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