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  • Firefighter dies connecting tanker hose

    02/17/2009 1:23:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 271+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 18th February 2009
    THE Canberra firefighter who died near fire-ravaged Marysville was trying to connect a hose to a tanker when a tree fell on him, Victorian police said. The firefighter killed at Cambarville, east of Melbourne, last night was a 58-year-old man from Banks in the ACT, Victoria Police said today. The ACT Fire Brigade member is the first firefighter to die in the Victoria fires emergency, which so far has claimed at least 200 civilian lives. "It appears the firefighter was attempting to connect a hose to the back of an ACT strike team tanker when a large tree came down...
  • Victoria fires death toll rises to 200

    02/16/2009 11:10:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 445+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 17th February 2009 | Melissa Iaria, Greg Roberts and Xavier La Canna
    THE death toll from Victoria's worst ever bushfires has climbed from 189 to 200. A full report will follow shortly. Meanwhile, anger at accused bushfire arsonist Brendan Sokaluk has led to threats against a member of his family and harassment of a former girlfriend. Mr Sokaluk, 39, is charged with lighting the Churchill fire, which killed at least 10 people, and is in custody at a secret location amid fears vigilantes will harm him. He has been charged with one count each of arson causing death, intentionally lighting a bushfire and possessing child pornography. Victoria's Supreme Court today heard there...
  • Firefighters outraged at sentence for pregnant Moe firebug

    02/15/2009 8:12:24 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 786+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 16th February 2009 | Jane Metlikovec
    GIPPSLAND firefighters are outraged at the jail sentence handed down to a pregnant arsonist in Morwell Magistrates' Court this morning. Rosemary Ann Harris, 31, of Moe, was refused bail this afternoon after she was sentenced to three years with a minimum of two-and-a-half behind bars for lighting two fires at Tyers, near Traralgon, and Driffield, near Morwell on a total fire ban day in December 2006. "In the circumstances the application for bail is refused," Magistrate John Dugdale said, explaining the refusal was based on "the nature of the offending and the prevailing bushfire situation in Victoria". The bail hearing...
  • Victoria fires: Brendan Sokaluk, Gippsland arson accused, fails to appear in court

    02/15/2009 4:45:16 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies · 2,487+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 16th February 2009
    THE man accused of starting one of the deadly Victoria fires, which killed at least 21 people in Gippsland on Black Saturday, has failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing in Melbourne. The hearing was held without 39-year-old Brendan Sokaluk. He was remanded in custody until a committal hearing, which will be held on May 25. The man, who faces charges including arson causing death and possession of child pornography, can now be named after a court order banning publication of his name was lifted. However the order remains barring publication of his address or a photo of him....
  • Police urge public not to threaten Churchill arson accused

    02/15/2009 4:03:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies · 682+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 16th February 2009
    THE public has been urged not to threaten the safety of an accused firebug scheduled to appear in court today on a deadly arson charge. A 39-year-old man accused of starting the Churchill-Jeerelang bushfire in Gippsland, in Victoria's east, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court today. "Coming to court and protesting is not an appropriate thing to do,'' Police Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said today. "Obviously, we will make sure this person is well protected. "We hope that we don't have to deal with a gang of people who are angry and concerned...
  • Man sought over 'deliberately-lit fire' at East Ivanhoe (first photofit of Australian fire suspect)

    02/12/2009 3:42:08 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies · 1,448+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 12th February 2009
    POLICE have released an image of a man sought for questioning over a scrub fire that threatened houses at East Ivanhoe, in Melbourne's northeast. Up to 50 Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) officers fought the three hectare blaze blaze in scrub that began in the Yarra Flats at East Ivanhoe about 3pm (AEDT), police said. It's believed the fire was deliberately lit and police are investigating.
  • Angry survivors blame council 'green' policy (Australian Bush Fires)

    02/11/2009 3:09:18 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 28 replies · 875+ views
    The Land, Farm Online (Australia) ^ | 02/11/09 | Andrea Petrie, Arthurs Creek
    Angry residents last night accused local authorities of contributing to the Victorian bushfire toll by failing to let residents chop down trees and clear up bushland that posed a fire risk. During question time at a packed community meeting in Arthurs Creek on Melbourne's northern fringe, Warwick Spooner — whose mother Marilyn and brother Damien perished along with their home in the Strathewen blaze — criticised the Nillumbik council for the limitations it placed on residents wanting the council's help or permission to clean up around their properties in preparation for the bushfire season. "We've lost two people in my...
  • Australian bush fires: Thirsty koala becomes Australia's wild fire star (Video)

    02/11/2009 11:30:09 AM PST · by mojito · 25 replies · 1,277+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/11/2009 | Unattributed
    A thirsty koala rescued from the Australian wild fires has become a star on YouTube, the video-sharing website, emerging as a lucky survivor of the disaster that has killed more than 180 people. Firefighter Dave Tree stumbled across the female marsupial, nicknamed Sam, as he was battling blazes in Victoria state and was amazed when the parched animal allowed him to approach and guzzled water from a bottle he offered. “Things do survive the bush fire ... are you alright buddy?” he asked in footage captured by a fellow volunteer on a mobile phone. The cuddly appearance of the koala...
  • Fire 'divine retribution', says minister [Australia]

    02/10/2009 6:55:13 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 32 replies · 573+ views
    Live News com ^ | February 11, 2009 | Anon
    "INCENDIARY" abortion law reforms last year that made Victoria "the baby-killing state" are responsible for the devastating bushfires, controversial Christian leader Danny Nalliah said yesterday. "God's protection has been taken off the state, and Satan is having a go at the nation," Mr Nalliah, senior pastor of Catch the Fire Ministries, told The Age. Mr Nalliah's Australia Day prayer rallies have been supported by former prime minister John Howard and former treasurer Peter Costello. Mr Costello delivered a televised address to Mr Nalliah's Australia Day prayer meeting last month. Mr Costello yesterday rejected Mr Nalliah's abortion explanation for the fires...
  • Fears out-of-control fires will create massive blaze [Australia]

    02/10/2009 6:52:34 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 26 replies · 2,023+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | February 11, 2009 | ABC
    Fire crews are worried major blazes burning out of control near Melbourne could join to create one massive bushfire. Firefighters are working on containment lines around the Maroondah-Yarra fires and the Bunyip fires. At this stage no communities are under threat and 18 kilometres separate the two fire complexes, but lightning has caused spot fires between them. CFA deputy chief fire officer Steve Warrington says there are fears a wind change could push them together. "There are a number of settlements in that particular area, if you look at the proximity of Powelltown, which pretty well sits right in the...
  • Victoria's Killer Fires (Distressed Koala Pic)

    02/10/2009 9:59:55 AM PST · by Squidpup · 37 replies · 1,583+ views
    HeraldSun ^ | February 10, 2009 | Russel Vickery
    Sad picture (not to mention the human suffering and deaths):
  • Victoria fires: 173 dead, towns ruined, police chase arsonists

    02/09/2009 4:51:27 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 25 replies · 1,145+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 10 February 2009
    THE death toll from the Victoria fires catastrophe leapt to 173 overnight as authorities found bodies clustered together where people fleeing the flames or trying to save their homes had been overwhelmed. Twenty-four fires were still burning early this morning and towns remained under threat as authorities moved deeper into the ruins of those communities hit in the fire's first wave, when more than 700 homes were lost. The death toll from the bushfires is certain to rise further. Bushfire relief funds were receiving $1 million in donations per hour yesterday, with $15 million pledged by last night. Victorian Premier...
  • 108 people dead, 750 homes destroyed in worst bushfires in Australia's history

    02/08/2009 4:30:37 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 53 replies · 3,114+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 9 february 2009
    PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd said arsonists in Victoria had committed mass murder as the death toll in Australia's worst ever bushfires rose to 108 this morning. The final toll was expected to rise further and fires were still burning out of control and putting towns at risk in the Beechworth and Yackandandah regions in the state's northeast. Amid speculation some of the fires were deliberately lit - and with reports yesterday that people were returning to relight blazes after fire crews had left an area - Mr Rudd said: "There are no words to describe it other than mass murder."...
  • Bushfires in Victoria kill 50, death toll will rise

    02/07/2009 10:12:02 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies · 1,119+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 8th February 2009
    FIFTY people are confirmed dead in bushfires that have devastated several Victorian communities. Police have just confirmed the new figure. 640 houses have been destroyed. While firebugs are being blamed for several blazes ravaging Victoria, the Country Fire Authority has confirmed that several fires are being deliberately relit by arsonists. CFA deputy chief Steve Warrington said an arsonist is hampering firefighters’ efforts in Churchill with an intense blaze taking hold. "We know we do have someone who is lighting fires in this community. While we often think it's spotting, we also know that there are people lighting fires deliberately," he...
  • Natl Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Fires 20% of Staff

    01/12/2009 2:56:34 PM PST · by julieee · 7 replies · 449+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 12, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- The Madoff fundraising scandal has had some beneficial fallout for the pro-life movement. Combined with the current economic downturn, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is feeling the pinch and has laid off 20 percent of its staff. The nation's largest abortion business, which does 25 percent of all abortions in the United States annually, laid off about 30 people this week.
  • Planned Parenthood Fires Staffer Covering Up Statutory Rape

    12/10/2008 12:42:44 PM PST · by julieee · 13 replies · 752+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 10, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Bloomington, IN -- The Planned Parenthood staff member in Indiana who appears in a recent undercover video covering up an alleged case of statutory rape has been fired. The video sent shockwaves throughout the nation as "Diana" didn't want more information on the abuse and told a girl how to get a secret abortion.
  • Schwarzenegger Blames Global Warming for Elongated Fire Season

    11/17/2008 11:45:07 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 6 replies · 1,221+ views
    businessandmedia.org ^ | November 17, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Although investigators have determined the fires plaguing the areas around Santa Barbara and Montecito, Calif. were “human caused,” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a different idea of what is behind the lengthy wildfire season. Schwarzenegger appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Nov. 16 and discussed the dilemmas plaguing his state, especially the widespread fires throughout California, which forced Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency that very day. Schwarzenegger told Stephanopoulos global warming has caused wildfires to be a year-round problem. “Through global warming, we have now a fire season all year round,” Schwarzenegger said. “We used to...
  • Man Arrested in Malibu on Suspicion of Arson

    11/16/2008 11:44:19 AM PST · by Cindy · 50 replies · 1,643+ views
    MyFox Los Angeles ^ | November 16, 2008, 3:06 am PST | MyFox Los Angeles
    Malibu -- A 39-year-old man was arrested for suspicion of arson near Malibu Creek State Park, a sheriff's deputy said today. Suren Sahakyan was booked on suspicion of arson at the sheriff's Lost Hills Station and held in lieu of $75,000 bail, said Deputy Byron Ward of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.
  • Man was arrested on suspicion of arson near Malibu Creek State Park(Suren Sahakyan Enemy Combatant)

    11/16/2008 7:30:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 43 replies · 2,641+ views
    A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson near Malibu Creek State Park, a sheriff's deputy said Sunday. Suren Sahakyan was booked on suspicion of arson at the sheriff's Lost Hills Station and held in lieu of $75,000 bail, said Deputy Byron Ward of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. An area resident saw the man on shoulder of Stokes Canyon Road near Mulholland Highway, starting a fire using paper and leaves about 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Ward said. The resident stomped out the fire, and Sahakyan fled but was caught by sheriff's deputies a short distance away.
  • Global Fireball - Al Qaeda Planning New Environmental Terror Attack “Forest Jihad”

    Extremists are threatening an environmental disaster by sparking a series of catastrophic wild fires. We first posted on this last year. Western intelligence agencies fear that Al Qaeda terrorists are planning a “global fireball” in a new departure in its war on the West. Deliberately lighting forest blazes in Europe, the US and Australia would not only stretch emergency services but leave insurance companies facing multi-billion pound damage bills as the credit crunch bites. The fires would also create a pollution disaster, with billions tons of climate change gases escaping into the atmosphere. The so-called “forest jihad” is being championed...
  • ACORN fires 2 who were probing embezzlement allegations

    11/13/2008 8:26:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 762+ views
    cnn ^ | 11-13-08 | Arthur Brice and Marcus Hooper
    CNN) -- Community organizing group ACORN, investigated this year for filing fraudulent voter registration forms, has fired two board members it had asked to investigate allegations that an ACORN founder's brother embezzled nearly $1 million. The fired board members were investigating allegations that money was embezzled from ACORN eight years ago. An internal document from the ACORN executive board, obtained by CNN, shows that members Karen Inman and Marcel Reid were "removed from any office or committee position you may have held." A separate document says that "the memberships of Karen Inman and Marcel Reid in ACORN is canceled, and...
  • Tempers flaring

    10/28/2008 11:14:18 PM PDT · by OldTCS · 48 replies · 1,541+ views
    Senior NAACP official Hilary Shelton said blacks would get angry if they felt disenfranchised because of voting irregularities. "On Election Day," she said, "you may have some tempers flare."
  • Terror Alert: Bin Laden is planning forest fires in 4 continents

    10/23/2008 7:50:28 AM PDT · by harwood · 46 replies · 1,235+ views
    ..."documents found by a team of intelligence a number of countries in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan revealed that bin Laden wanted al-Qaeda devastating fires in the forests of the United States, Australia, Europe and South America to build the so-called "a bullet around the world," Or "global fire."..
  • House Burned To Get Rid Of Wasps

    You know how sometimes when you try to fix a problem you end up causing more trouble for yourself than what the initial problem posed? Here's another instance of this phenomenon with a man trying to end the lives of some wasps that are holed up in his garage. When will humans learn, don’t fool around with Mother Nature and her offspring? (FARDAL, Norway, Aug. 7 (UPI) — A Fardal, Norway, man said his attempt to rid his garage of wasps ended with the structure burning to the ground with his car inside.
  • Booted by Forest Service, Scouts Now Help Fight Fires

    08/03/2008 7:18:22 AM PDT · by kellynla · 15 replies · 344+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | August 02, 2008 | staff
    Members of the honor society for the Boy Scouts of America who had to change their service project plans in Wyoming when the U.S. Forest Service instead allowed the Rainbow Family hippie group to use a location the Scouts had sought now are helping the federal agency fight a forest fire in the state. According to a report in the Casper Star-Tribune the Scouts, some of an estimated 1,000 members of the Order of the Arrow in the state, have "stepped in" to help firefighters in the Bridger-Teton National Forest fight the New Fork Lakes fire, about 19 miles north...
  • Twin Fires Raging Along California Central Coast (Updates)

    07/05/2008 6:08:58 AM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 177+ views
    townhall.com ^ | July 05, 2008 | staff
    Weary firefighters got no Independence Day reprieve from a pair of out-of-control wildfires that roared along California's central coast, chewing through opposite ends of an arid forest in the Los Padres National Forest. Despite cooler temperatures and light winds, flames from the stubborn fire that forced the evacuation of Big Sur inched closer to historic vacation retreats. Meanwhile, firefighters farther south dealt with winds with speeds up to 40 mph that fanned a wildfire in Santa Barbara County. About 5,000 homes there were under evacuation orders, while residents in 1,400 homes were warned to pack up and be ready to...
  • 2 Fires Raging Along Calif.'s Central Coast (Updates)

    07/05/2008 5:45:09 AM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 243+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | July 5, 2008 6:30 AM | staff
    BIG SUR,CA Weary firefighters got no Independence Day reprieve from a pair of out-of-control wildfires that roared along California's central coast, chewing through opposite ends of an arid forest in the Los Padres National Forest. Despite cooler temperatures and light winds, flames from the stubborn fire that forced the evacuation of Big Sur inched closer to historic vacation retreats. Meanwhile, firefighters farther south dealt with winds with speeds up to 40 mph that fanned a wildfire in Santa Barbara County. About 5,000 homes there were under evacuation orders, while residents in 1,400 homes were warned to pack up and be...
  • Growing Blaze Near Goleta Is California's Top Firefighting Priority (Updates)

    07/04/2008 7:56:58 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 199+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 4, 2008 | Catherine Saillant and Steve Chawkins
    BIG SUR -- The fires that bedevil California took another ominous turn Thursday as a blaze near Goleta triggered more evacuations and authorities shut another 10 miles of Highway 1 along the flaming Big Sur coast. Mushrooming in size, the Goleta fire was declared a local emergency by Santa Barbara County officials. Because of its proximity to populated areas, it was also designated the top firefighting priority in a state currently plagued with a multitude of fires, some of them burning without intervention in remote areas. In Goleta, residents of more than 1,600 homes had been ordered to evacuate by...
  • Firefighters racing the winds to halt Goleta fire; more evacuations at Big Sur

    07/02/2008 6:02:35 PM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 229+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4:13 PM PDT, July 2, 2008 | Catherine Saillant and Eric Bailey
    A fire has reached as close as 2 miles to populated areas of Goleta today after burning through about 250 acres in Los Padres National Forest since Tuesday evening, authorities said. Meanwhile, the stubborn Big Sur blaze jumped a containment line this morning, forcing more evacuations there and shutting down Highway 1 -- the area's chief road -- for 30 miles. The development was a setback not just for local residents but for a number of famed resorts and restaurants that had been in harm's way earlier but reopened in the past few days.
  • Guard Aircraft, Crews Battle California Wildfires

    06/24/2008 5:49:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 200+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, USAF
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2008 – Army and Air National Guard members from California and North Carolina are supporting firefighting efforts in Northern California today following a state active-duty call-up by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a request for airborne firefighting assets by the Interagency Fire Center. The governor's office reported yesterday that a "swarm of dry lighting cells over the last 16 hours sparked nearly 400 new fires across the state, spanning from Monterey and Fresno counties to the Oregon-California border." Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency June 22 for Monterey and Trinity counties. The governor made similar declarations for...
  • Current Fire Information (CALIFORNIA)

    06/24/2008 5:42:13 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 276+ views
    This is the complete list of 2008 major incidents that have been posted to this site. Please use the dropdown to select the number of incidents you would like to see per page. If you have an RSS News Feed Reader or RSS enabled browser, you can subscribe to the CAL FIRE Incidents RSS News Feed (RSS Help)
  • Smoldering Brevard County (FL) favorite target for firebugs

    05/15/2008 8:04:52 AM PDT · by Sax · 1 replies · 82+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/15/08 | Kevin Spear
    Arsonists like to pick on Brevard County more than almost any area of Florida. So far this decade, the county ranks second statewide in the amount of brush land and woods intentionally set ablaze by firebugs, state records show. Police suspect that at least one arsonist ignited the south Brevard blazes this week. Authorities were questioning a Palm Bay man Wednesday but did not charge him. They warned that others could have started fires. "It's not uncommon for them to be a firefighter or a police officer," he said. One such case was Henry Schook III, 30, a Brevard County...
  • Dozens of homes lost as Florida battles wildfires

    05/13/2008 8:33:27 AM PDT · by Sax · 23 replies · 79+ views
    AP ^ | 5/13/08 | Travis Reed
    Relentless wildfires burned Tuesday morning across Florida's Atlantic coast, taxing firefighters and overwhelming residents trying to save their homes with garden hoses. Firefighters in Brevard County were working for a third day trying to stop flames that have destroyed four homes and damaged about 70. The state's largest blaze has charred about 3,800 acres, or nearly 6 square miles, in the neighboring towns of Palm Bay and Malabar. "Every time I turn around another house is on fire. We don't have enough resources on our own to do a job like this," said Palm Bay spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez. Officials expressed...
  • Colombia fires top Clinton aide's firm (Mark Penn's public relations firm)

    04/05/2008 11:14:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 102+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/08 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The Colombian government said Saturday it has fired Mark Penn's public relations firm after the chief campaign strategist for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for meeting with Colombian officials pushing a trade deal with the U.S. Colombian officials said they terminated their contract with lobbying and public relations giant Burson-Marsteller in response to a statement released Friday by Penn, the firm's chief executive, calling the meeting an "error in judgment." Clinton opposes the trade deal. "The Colombian government considers this a lack of respect to Colombians, and finds this response unacceptable," government officials said in a news release....
  • CA: State GOP fires worker facing immigration problems

    03/06/2008 3:04:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 230+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/6/08 | Carla Marinucci and Lance Williams
    SACRAMENTO -- The Canadian political operative hired by the California Republican Party on a coveted H1B visa to do campaign consulting has been fired after it was revealed he was apparently working in violation of immigration law. The dismissal, announced this week, came after The Chronicle reported last month that Christopher Matthews apparently violated federal immigration law when he also earned money from a second employer. Matthews, a Canadian citizen, was hired last year as deputy political director for the California Republican Party, with responsibility for handling campaign operations and information technology for the country's largest state GOP operation, U.S....
  • Man Convicted in Huge Calif Wildfire

    02/16/2008 6:58:11 AM PST · by kellynla · 17 replies · 82+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | February 15, 2008 | staff
    LOS ANGELES -- A homeless man was convicted Friday in federal court of starting a 2006 wildfire that burned more than 163,000 acres in California's Los Padres National Forest. The jury also convicted Steven Emory Butcher, 49, of starting the smaller Ellis Fire in the same forest four years earlier. Butcher was found guilty of two felony counts of starting fires and of one count each of allowing a fire to escape his control, violating restrictions by building a fire on federal forest land and smoking in a federal forest, all misdemeanors. Butcher's lawyer, Deputy Federal Public Defender Jill Gintsling,...
  • This time, W. Phila. High is hit by fires

    01/18/2008 5:41:20 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies · 175+ views
    Philadephia Daily News ^ | 1/18/08 | DANA DiFILIPPO
    One day after an arsonist set fire to two classrooms at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in East Germantown, firefighters rushed to West Philadelphia High School - twice - yesterday morning when two more small fires erupted. Both of those fires also appeared to have been deliberately set. MLK High, which has been closed since the fire, will be closed again today as clean-up crews continue their work, district spokeswoman Amy Guerin said. Classes will resume Tuesday, and community-service activities planned for Monday, the Martin Luther King holiday, will proceed as scheduled, Guerin said
  • Burning Tater Tots Set Idaho Firehouse Ablaze While Firefighters Out on Call

    12/27/2007 6:36:13 PM PST · by RDTF · 26 replies · 200+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Dec 27, 2007 | AP
    BOISE, Idaho — A fire station crew must be a little embarrassed by the way some of this state's famous potatoes got fried. Boise firefighters returning from a medical call had to turn their hose on the firehouse kitchen after an overheated pan full of Tater Tots melted and set some cabinets ablaze. The Christmas Eve fire at Station 8 was quickly extinguished, with no injuries. No damage estimate was available. -snip-
  • Japan Test Fires Its First Raytheon-Built Standard Missile-3

    12/25/2007 3:45:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 235+ views
    Space War ^ | 12-25-2007 | staff
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force successfully flight tested its first Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)-built Standard Missile-3. The SM-3 Block IA missile engaged and destroyed a medium-range ballistic missile target more than 60 miles above the Pacific Ocean. Personnel at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai launched the ballistic missile target while the crew of the Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG-173) fired the intercepting missile. "Today's intercept truly paves the way for Japan to deploy a sea-based ballistic missile defense system," said Ed Miyashiro, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president. "The U.S. has gained an important ally that can...
  • Forest Service: Logging Rule Saved Homes

    12/07/2007 6:02:03 AM PST · by stratous · 5 replies · 89+ views
    Washington post ^ | 12/06/07 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON -- A federal rule that allowed expedited logging on national forests saved thousands of homes during the recent wildfires in California, the Forest Service chief said Thursday.
  • Forest Service: Rule saved thousands of homes in California fires (allowed expedited logging)

    12/06/2007 4:00:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 96+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/6/07 | Matthew Daly - ap
    A federal rule that allowed expedited logging on national forests saved thousands of homes during the recent wildfires in California, the Forest Service chief said Thursday. Gail Kimbell cited "some real vivid examples" in California where the agency's practice of logging without first analyzing its effect on the environment protected homes and spared lives. "The hazardous fuels treatments were instrumental saving thousands of homes" in southern California during recent wildfires near San Diego and Lake Arrowhead, Kimbell said. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the practice Wednesday, saying it violated the National Environmental Policy Act. Kimbell...
  • Man allegedly fires shots, kidnaps cab driver

    11/14/2007 1:44:33 PM PST · by Friend_from_the_Frozen_North · 13 replies · 171+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News Miner ^ | November 14, 2007 | Chris Freiberg
    A Fairbanks man faces several charges after police say he held a cab driver at gunpoint and fired two shots at an apartment complex...
  • Hunter to host town hall teleconference Friday (10 AM: San Diego, concerning Fires)

    11/08/2007 11:56:39 AM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 14 replies · 65+ views
    San Diego Source ^ | 11/08/2007
    Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) will be holding a “Tele-Town hall” teleconference at 10 a.m. Friday to assist San Diego County residents in fire recovery efforts. San Diego County residents are encouraged to participate in Friday’s conference. Interested persons can call 1-800-619-7414 and enter pass code 4208914 to participate. Representatives of several insurance companies will join Hunter on the call to provide information. At this time, questions and concerns regarding cleanup and recovery efforts will be addressed. Hunter’s district office will remain readily available for any other inquiries at 619-448-5201.
  • Boxer visits burn area to request $1 billion VANITY--Caption Boxer

    11/03/2007 12:55:46 PM PDT · by radar101 · 23 replies · 83+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 3 NOV 2007 | Andrew Edwards,
    Senator Barbara Boxer (D) thanks firefighters at the Running Springs Fire Department November 2, 2007. Boxer had just finished touring the Fredalba neighborhood that was devastated by the recent Slide Fire during her visit to southern California. (GABRIEL LUIS ACOSTA/ PHOTOGRAPHER) RUNNING SPRINGS - Sen. Barbara Boxer praised the firefighters who battled October's wildfires during a Friday visit to the San Bernardino Mountains. "Throughout these fires, which are only now being subdued ... these brave men and women were there selflessly doing their duty," she said. Boxer, D-Calif., spoke at a news conference on Friday outside the headquarters of...
  • (another) Fire in Senate Office Building (7th since Sept)

    11/02/2007 8:16:35 AM PDT · by RDTF · 40 replies · 96+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Capitol Police on Friday were investigating the latest in a series of suspicious fires occurring in Senate office buildings. Police spokesman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said a small fire was discovered about 8:00 a.m. EDT in a 2nd floor woman's restroom of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. She said it was quickly extinguished and there were no evacuations or injuries. Schneider said it was at least the 7th confirmed fire in the office buildings since late September. The fires are all suspicious in nature and Capitol Police are exploring the possibility that they are linked, she said....
  • Fires spew tons of global warming gas (HuGhly Massive CO2 Gaseous Spew Alert!)

    10/31/2007 7:38:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 84+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/31/07 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON - In one week, Southern California's wildfires spewed the same amount of carbon dioxide — the primary global warming gas — as the state's power plants and vehicles did, scientists figure. A new study by two Colorado researchers shows that U.S. wildfires pump a significant amount of the greenhouse gas into the air each year, more than the state of Pennsylvania does. It raises questions about how useful it is to plant trees to offset rising carbon dioxide emissions and soothe environmental consciences. Because the California wildfires occurred just as the study was about to be published, the researchers...
  • 11 of 18 in burn unit undocumented

    10/31/2007 5:21:03 AM PDT · by radar101 · 80 replies · 118+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 21 OCT 2007 | Cheryl Clark and Leslie Berestein
    Border Patrol agent James Jacques monitored the road that leads to Barrett Junction yesterday The fact that 11 of the 18 wildfire victims lying in UCSD Medical Center's burn unit are illegal immigrants with no apparent health coverage highlights the daunting financial challenge hospitals face in providing long-term, intensive care for all those who need it. “These are the most expensive kinds of cases, but we don't look at these patients and say, oh, because they aren't legal residents, we'll stop providing care or stop changing their bandages,” said Dr. Thomas McAfee, UCSD's physician-in-chief. “It's part of our ethic to...
  • LA fire started by boy with matches

    10/30/2007 10:11:26 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 235 replies · 342+ views
    <p>SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A boy playing with matches started a fire in north Los Angeles County that consumed more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes last week, authorities said Tuesday.</p> <p>The boy, whose name and age were not released, was interviewed a day after the Buckweed Fire was sparked Oct. 21, said sheriff's Sgt. Diane Hecht.</p>
  • Californians mull next step after fires (Green Gubby is not missing a beat fighting Global Varming)

    10/29/2007 10:01:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 51+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/07 | Chelsea Carter - ap
    SAN DIEGO - A week after a half million people fled Southern California's wildfires, shelters began closing and residents were figuring out what to do next — even as firefighters kept a wary eye on the possibility of strong winds developing later in the week. There was a chance of moderate Santa Anas — the fierce, dry winds that fanned the flames last week — returning in the next seven days, forecasters said. "It's a little premature to be celebrating, that's for sure," California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Fred Daskoski said. "We're looking for full control within...
  • What Goes Around, Comes Around

    10/29/2007 8:13:46 AM PDT · by sono · 4 replies · 65+ views
    OPFOR ^ | 10/26/2007... | Rich Lowry
    I received a press release from Baghdad today, which I know the mainstream media will not pass on to you all. Here is an example of Iraqi charity and gratitude which touched my soul. Imagine how incredibly generous these soldiers are. They have little to support their own families. It’s not enough that they are fighting daily to bring peace to their country. They are actually reaching out to help unfortunate Americans. ...Iraqi Army at Besmaya Installation Support San Diego Fire Victims By U.S. Army Sgt 1st Class Charlene Sipperly Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Iraq...