In Colorado, the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee will be discussing progress in rebuilding next Wednesday (1); while a wildland fire science program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point takes a look at recovery in parts of Yellowstone National Park ravaged by wildfires in 1988 (2). High school students in New Hampshire will get the opportunity to take firefighter courses, which include a wildland component, at the Cheshire Career Center next year (3). Resources from 18 states have helped bring a wildfire that has scorched more than 2 mi.² in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest to 20% containment (4); volunteer firefighters being credited with saving homes threatened by the blaze (5). Firefighters continued to grapple with a large wildfire in Bedford County, Virginia (6); Virginia Department of Forestry providing some tips to homeowners on how to prevent wildfires in the next item (7). Scientists at the University of Maryland's National Center for Atmospheric Research have unveiled a new technique that can provide continually updated wildfire forecasts on campaign fires using spatially refined satellite remote sensing fire detection data (8); the next article taking a closer look at the new chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Interior Department, EPA and the Forest Service in Washington DC (9). Ideal fire weather continues to prevail across several New Jersey counties (10); fire crews battling a 300-acre wildfire in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest fearing that the blaze could reach 1,000 acres before it is contained (11). A 50-acre wildfire was sparked by a car fire outside of Orlando, Florida (12); but Florida Forest Service reported that two wildfires which burned 83 acres between them in Santa Rosa County have been contained (13). Although financial aid is arriving for bushfire survivors in New South Wales, Australia, local politicians are calling on the federal government for more (14); a veterinarian recommending the NSW Rural Fire Service website for information on how to care for animals during bushfires (15); but tourism losses are estimated to be at least $30 million (16); while First Responders will be honored by the Lake Macquarie City Council on Sunday (17). Fire crews continued to construct firebreaks around a 560-hectare bushfire burning in Western Australia's Stokes National Park (18). And finally, a firefighter from Ogden, Utah, has an unusual part-time job: tattoo artist!
(1) Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee meets Wednesday, Nov. 20
(2) UW-Stevens Point wildfire program shows how life rises from ashes
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