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  • Embers from barbecue pit ignite string of Lago Vista grass, brush fires

    04/15/2018 9:26:10 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    kxan ^ | Apr. 14, 2018 | Jerry Becker
    Four grass and brush fires that broke out in Lago Vista Saturday afternoon are believed to have been caused by embers flying out of a barbecue pit being hauled by a truck, said an official with Travis County ESD No. 1. Firefighters managed to put out all of the fires that sprung up along Farm to Market 1431. They said three of them were minor but the fourth was fairly significant. With winds gusting at 20 miles per hour and humidity at just 20 percent, fire officials said these are very dangerous conditions and that the public needs to take...
  • CSIRO debuts bushfire prediction tool

    05/05/2015 7:40:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies ^ | May 5, 2015 11:50 AM (AUS) | Brendon Foye
    Spark aimed at saving lives. Australia's peak science and research organisation today released a homegrown software tool to help emergency services predict the severity and spread of destructive bushfires. The CSIRO's Spark tool gathers geospatial data on topography, vegetation, humidity and wind patterns from Landsat satellites, and combines it with data provided by fire authorities to give an accurate prediction of fire behaviour. The organisation expects Spark will not only help emergency services save lives, but also reduce the financial burden of bushfires. Spark should also allow emergency services to better manage infrastructure planning, fire fighting resource allocation and deployment,...
  • Evacuations Ordered in Brush Fire Burning in Mountains Above Azusa

    09/23/2013 8:34:59 PM PDT · by Pajamajan · 29 replies
    Brush fire burning in mountains above Azusa Ca...
  • Coalition servicemembers hold a service commemorating victims of the bushfires

    02/17/2009 4:22:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 216+ views
    BAGHDAD – Australia is experiencing one of the worst firestorms in history, a disaster that has claimed more than 180 lives, destroyed four major towns, more than 900 homes and left more than 4,200 people homeless. In response to this horrendous disaster, Coalition forces held a service of remembrance, reflection and prayer commemorating the victims of the bushfires in Victoria, Australia at Hope Chapel on Camp Victory, Iraq Feb. 13. During the service, they prayed not just for the victims and their families of the bushfires, but the 4,000 first responders battling the flames during this life-altering tragedy. “Thousands of...
  • Australian Brush Fires: Police Release Suspect Photo

    02/13/2009 6:51:29 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 33 replies · 1,615+ views
    Telegraph (London) ^ | 12 Feb 2009 | Staff W. Riter
    Victorian police have released a composite photo of a man wanted for questioning over the Australian brush fires that killed at least 181 people and which authorities suspect may have been started by arsonists. Police gave warning that the death toll from the fires that ravaged Victoria state last weekend could exceed 200 as fire fighters continue to battle 30 blazes across the state. The man in the composite photo, who police say is in his early 20s and has a dark complexion, is believed to have information about a suspicious fire at Ivanhoe East, in Melbourne's north-east.
  • Channel 9 veteran Brian Naylor confirmed dead in Kinglake fires

    02/08/2009 3:52:11 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies · 1,491+ views ^ | 8th February 2009
    CHANNEL Nine veteran Brian Naylor and his wife Moiree have been confirmed dead in the fires at Kinglake West, Sky News reports. Channel Nine had earlier said the newsreading legend, who lives in fire-ravaged Kinglake West, could not be accounted for. In a break in their normal programming, presenter Tony Jones reported that a body believed to be that of Moiree Naylor had been found close to the family's address. Eighty-four people are dead and at least 750 homes have been destroyed and 3733 people have registered with the Red Cross after evacuating their properties. The number left homeless is...
  • Victoria's bushfire toll hits 84 as fires continue to spread (Australia)

    02/08/2009 3:31:42 AM PST · by Dundee · 11 replies · 785+ views
    The Australia ^ | February 08, 2009
    THE death toll from Victoria's bushfires has risen to 84, amid grave fears for towns in the state's northeast as fires continue to rage out of control. Five people died at Flowerdale, two people at Hazeldene and three at Taggerty, while two more people were confirmed dead at Kinglake and a further person died at St Andrews. A person from Yea died in hospital. The toll already surpasses the 28 in South Australia and the 47 Victorians that died in the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires, while the Black Friday blaze in 1939 claimed 71 lives. ...Hundreds of homes have already...
  • Political "Solutions" (Thomas Sowell)

    10/30/2007 4:27:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 121+ views ^ | October 30, 2007 | Thomas Sowell
    Tuesday, October 30, 2007 It is remarkable how many political "solutions" today are dealing with problems created by previous political "solutions." Three examples that come to mind immediately are the housing market crisis, the wildfires in southern California, and the water shortages in the west. Congress and the Bush administration are currently vying with each other to come up with a solution to the housing crisis, brought on by widespread defaults on home mortgage loans -- especially defaults by those who took out risky "subprime" loans. Why were borrowers taking out risky loans in the first place? And why were...
  • California bushfires recall al-Qaeda arson threat

    10/29/2007 5:36:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 38+ views
    National Nine News ^ | October 24, 2007 | Phil Han
    A 2003 FBI memo alerted law enforcement agencies that al-Qaeda had talked of masterminding a plot to set a series of devastating bushfires around the western US. The June 25 memo reported that an al-Qaeda detainee spoke of plans involving three or four people to set fires using timed devices in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. "The detainee believed that significant damage to the US economy would result and once it was realised that the fires were terrorist acts, US citizens would put pressure on the US government to change its policies," the memo said. In 2004, an Arabic-language jihad...
  • Fires Turn Up Heat On a Key Advocate Of California Shrubs

    10/25/2007 2:07:22 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 60 replies · 147+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 25, 2007 | Peter Sanders
    <p>As wildfires raged in Southern California this week, Richard Halsey's embrace of the local shrubland turned prickly.</p> <p>The founding director of the California Chaparral Institute, Mr. Halsey has spent four years defending the existence of chaparral, the term given to the wide varieties of shrubby plants, trees and bushes that dot the region's hilly landscape.</p>
  • Quebec Sends Planes to Assist Fighting Los Angeles Brush Fires

    10/02/2005 8:24:23 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 18 replies · 427+ views
    Canadian Press via ^ | October 2, 2005 | Canadian Press Staff
    Quebec sends planes to assist fighting Los Angeles brush firesCanadian Press October 02, 2005 MONTREAL (CP) - The Quebec government is lending a hand to help fight the brush fires on the edge of Los Angeles. The province's forest fire prevention agency has sent two CL-415 waterbombers to help combat the flames. The crew includes eight pilots and three technicians who might remain on site until the end of December depending on the situation. Quebec said it would be ready to send more help if the fires grow.
  • Squirrel fires regular occurrence in Canadian border town

    07/19/2005 10:25:18 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 44 replies · 6,851+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Tuesday, July 19, 2005 · Last updated 4:21 a.m. PT Squirrel fires regular occurrence in Canadian border town Squirrel fires regular occurrence in Canadian border town OSOYOOS, British Columbia -- Once again, a squirrel clambering onto a power line has been blamed for a brush fire in this border town north of Oroville, Wash. Firefighters were summoned Monday after a squirrel scrambled up a Fortis Inc. utility pole, got zapped and landed in flames on some dry brush outside a fruit packing business, Fire Chief Ross Driver said. By the time a pumper truck and a bush truck...