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  • Destructive forest fires are due to—WHAT?

    07/31/2016 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/31/16 | Paul Driessen
    Climate change is all-purpose excuse for Big Green and federal misfeasance and malfeasance Special: Do This Before Bed And You'll Never Need Gym (Once Daily) First the Obama EPA came for coal mines, coal-fired power plants, miners, workers, investors, and all who depend on reliable, affordable electricity. Then the EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other agencies came after oil and gas drilling and fracking, and the workers, industries and families that need petroleum. They’re also targeting farming, ranching, airlines and manufacturing. It’s all to stop “dangerous manmade climate change,” rising seas, warmer and colder weather, wetter and...
  • Forest Service confirms [federal] brush clearing started Dog Head Fire (NM, Destroyed a dozen homes)

    07/01/2016 2:46:54 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 27 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 1, 2016 | Rick Nathanson
    CHILILI — U.S. Forest Service officials on Friday confirmed Journal reports that the cause of the Dog Head Fire in the Manzano Mountains was tied to a federally funded wildland brush and wood clearing effort designed to prevent fires. Specifically they said the 18,000 acre blaze was started by a masticator, a forest thinning or brush cutting machine. The clearing effort — known as the Collaborative Landscape Restoration Project — is a joint effort of Isleta Pueblo, Forest Service and Chilili Land Grant. An Isleta crew was working the masticator in the area the day the fire started and members...
  • Massive Wildfires Force Evacuations In at Least 3 States; New Mexico's Dog Head Fire Explodes

    06/17/2016 12:33:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Weather ^ | Jun 16 2016 | Eric Chaney
    Massive Wildfires Force Evacuations In at Least 3 States; New Mexico's Dog Head Fire Explodes to 12,000Major wildfires burning across the West have consumed tens of thousands of acres and forced evacuations in at least three states. In New Mexico, one particular wildfire exploded in size on Thursday. Dry conditions are hampering firefighting efforts in a region that is expected to see dangerous and potentially deadly heat over the weekend and into early next week. "Humidity values less than 15 percent and dew points as low as the single digits will be present and persistent across a large portion of...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • It's an ill wind that spawned this air pollution report

    07/15/2015 5:23:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Canadian forest fires, which delivered unto us a Fourth of July weekend pall, seem to have inspired the release of a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. We are being told that air pollution is killing about 2,000 people a year, a figure so preposterously guessed at it that they might as well have made it 175,000 people a year if it's alarm they are trying to sound. The following words were used: likely, estimates and roughly. Air pollution likely contributes to thousands of deaths each year, a state study estimates. The...
  • 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,...
  • Was Sierra Pacific Victim of Government Shakedown?

    01/18/2015 6:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | January 18, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    After what became known as the Moonlight Fire burned some 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in 2007, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection decided that Sierra Pacific Industries was responsible for the damage. The culprit, regulators charged, was a friction spark from a bulldozer operating on Sierra Pacific land. Cal Fire fined the timber company $8 million to pay for related costs. Because the fire burned more than 40,000 acres of national forest, the federal government also went after Sierra Pacific's deep pockets; in 2012, Sierra Pacific agreed to a settlement that entailed paying the feds $47...
  • U.S. Forest Service Issues Recommendations For Making Smores

    09/05/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Forest Service celebrated National Roasted Marshmallow Day the only way a government agency knows how — by telling people how not to roast smores.“Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place,” the jovial blog post says. “Be sure you are at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees or other flammable objects.” It also recommends keeping children at least 10 feet from the campfire, ensuring that they take no part in dangerous marshmallow melting.Once minors have been safely sequestered out of sight, “let’s get to the marshmallow basics. Use a roasting stick of at least...
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If you’re the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, they’ll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Salvage of Burned Timber in Full Swing on Private Lands ( Oregon )

    01/06/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    The News-Review ^ | 1/6/14 | Chuck Benson
    Salvage logging on lands burned by last summer's Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing on privately owned forests, but not on public lands. ... On BLM lands, federal environmental laws require a lengthy planning process that includes the public. The Douglas Complex fires burned through 76 square miles on a patchwork of public and private lands.
  • Economic Warfare: Jihad by forest fire

    09/23/2013 6:11:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 23, 2013 | Bob Taylor
    Not long after Al Qaeda published a story in its online magazine, Inspire, about how to make pressure cooker bombs, the Boston Marathon became a victim of those devices. Since that time America’s hopscotch media with its 24/7-be-the-first-to-report-a-story mentality has covered riots in Egypt, red lines in Syria, Paula Dean’s racism, Oprah Winfrey’s Switzerland trip, defunding Obamacare, shutting down the government for the 100th time and endless hours debating the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident. Meanwhile, ever-vigilant global jihadists have been creating new and better ways of economic terrorism which may be less visible than flying planes into buildings or attacking...
  • Retro Report: Summer of Fire (video)

    09/04/2013 2:54:15 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Retro Report ^ | Sep 2, 2013
    The lessons learned from the summer of 1988 when fires burned nearly one third of Yellowstone National Park continue to shape the way we fight wildfires raging across the West today. “Part of our national heritage is under threat and on fire tonight.” That was how CBS’s Dan Rather described the fires raging through Yellowstone National Park in 1988 but it was only part of the story. The continuing narrative that summer was that park officials had negligently let the fires burn out of control and destroyed the legendary national park, which had supplied generations of visitors with fond memories...
  • Burning Up the West: Feds, Greens Cause Catastrophic Fires

    08/24/2013 7:33:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.24.13 | William F. Jasper
    It happens every summer, and this year is no different; thousands of wildfires ravage millions of acres in the arid Western states, destroying homes and huge swaths of forest and wildlife habitat — and taking lives. With the fire season far from over, federal firefighting efforts already topped $1 billion by August 21, and the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies are running out of money.  Forty-nine “uncontained large fires” are raging across the Western states and an additional 222 new “moderate” fires are in various stages of either growing or being brought under control, according to the U.S. Department...

    07/26/2012 2:17:53 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 26,2012 | Tyler O'Neil
    Zubrin told the Free Beacon that logging would solve the problem. “Logging as part of a program of rational forest management” could decrease the risk of fire by “thinning out mature trees that are the pine beetles’ major targets,” and creating “gaps between forests, to act as firebreaks and beetle-breaks,” he said. If “you turn that wood into furniture, it doesn’t turn into CO2,” Zubrin said. Green activists “don’t care if a billion tons of wood turns into CO2,” so long as people are not responsible. However, Joshua Ruschhaupt, director of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club, told...
  • Al-Qaida touts forest arson as terrorism

    05/04/2012 8:02:38 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    KRQE ^ | 5/3/12 | Ian Schwartz
    Terrorist have used car bombs and flown planes into buildings to cause pain and destruction. Now al-Qaida is telling its followers that the Southwest is like one big pile of kindling and that terrorists should burn it down. The terror threat is in an al-Qaida newsletter online called "Inspire." "These threats are threats, and we are at war still with an enemy that is bent on inflicting harm on us," New Mexico Department of Homeland Security spokesman Nicholas Piatek said.
  • APNewsBreak: Protection sought for rare woodpecker [More forest fires needed!]

    05/02/2012 6:04:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT | SCOTT SONNER
    Smokey Bear has done such a good job stamping out forest fires the past half-century that a woodpecker that's survived for millions of years by eating beetle larvae in burned trees is in danger of going extinct in parts of the West, according to conservationists seeking U.S. protection for the bird. Four conservation groups filed a petition with the U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday to list the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act in the Sierra Nevada, Oregon's Eastern Cascades and the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. It is the first federal petition to recognize...
  • Catastrophic Wildfires? Thank the Greenies and Forest Service

    06/11/2011 5:25:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | June 11, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    Arizona is burning and the Forest Service, pressured by green environmental groups are to blame for their massive, uncontrollable devastation. The Wallow fire, raging in eastern Arizona near Alpine, Nutrioso and Springerville has burned 408,887 acres, over 600 square miles and is the second largest fire the state has ever seen. The largest in Arizona history was the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire, which burned 468,638 acres or 732 square miles of Ponderosa Pine forest. The Wallow fire is only 6 percent contained with high winds on the way and easily could pass the Rodeo-Chediski fire in size. Gary Kiehne is a...
  • Israeli 'Muslim Brotherhood' Leader Arrested On Arson Charges (Islamic leader who incites racism)

    03/01/2011 4:51:49 AM PST · by PRePublic · 8 replies
    FSM ^ | ‎Feb 26, 2011‎
    Israeli Muslim Brotherhood Leader Arrested On Arson Charges Family Security Matters - ‎Feb 26, 2011‎ Israel media is reporting on the arrest of Israeli Muslim Brotherhood leader Raed Salah on suspicion of setting forest fires in the south of the country. According to one report: Head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah... In August 2007, Salah was indicted for “inciting racism and violence”
  • Russian Fires Raise Concerns About Radioactivity

    08/19/2010 10:20:15 AM PDT · by I Hate Obama · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2010 | Michael Schwirtz
    MOSCOW — As if things in Russia were not looking sufficiently apocalyptic already, with 100-degree temperatures and noxious fumes rolling in from burning peat bogs and forests, there is growing alarm here that fires in regions coated with fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 24 years ago could now be emitting plumes of radioactive smoke.
  • It's OK, Mum (very cute Koala picture from Australian fires)

    03/08/2009 2:57:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 1,383+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 9th March 2009 | David Caird
    Previous1 of 3NextBaby koala Lotus gets close up and caring as mum Melaleuca has her dressings changed at Healesville Sanctuary. The sanctuary will donate today's takings to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. Picture: David Caird
  • Australia's angry fire survivors blame council 'green' policy...

    02/11/2009 9:01:52 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 68 replies · 5,041+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | February 11, 2009 | the eagle has landed
    Angry survivors blame council 'green' policy Andrea Petrie, Arthurs Creek February 11, 2009 Page 1 of 2 | Single Page View ANGRY residents last night accused local authorities of contributing to the 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...
  • Islam group urges forest fire jihad

    02/09/2009 8:55:05 AM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 2,642+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 7, 2008 | Josh Gordon
    AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for “forest jihad” by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror. US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to “start forest fires”, claiming “scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands”. The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye...
  • Partisan divide stymies progress on forest policy

    08/16/2008 12:08:19 PM PDT · by marsh2 · 6 replies · 230+ views
    Redding Record Searchlight ^ | 8/15/08 | editorial
    Our view:It’s criminally negligent when politicians can’t set aside differences long enough to talk for a morning about an urgent public safety hazard The organizers of a wildfire forum in Sacramento on Wednesday brought together three members of the U.S. Congress and half a dozen state lawmakers. They drew the California fire marshal, the head of the state Fire Safe Council, Forest Service researchers and officials, and county supervisors from around the region. STORY TOOLS E-mail story Comments iPod friendly Printer friendly News alerts Subscribe to the paper Submit a news tip More Editorials Delta overhaul can't undercut northern rights...
  • 5 High-Tech Firefighting Tools Headed for the Front Lines [Photo essay]

    08/15/2008 11:17:57 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 1 replies · 168+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 2008 | Virginia Hughes
    High-Tech Firefighting Tools Headed for the Front Lines 1. ATV-Mounted Power TorchSometimes, the best way to stop fires is to start them. Since the 1970s, fire managers have used so-called prescribed fires to burn up dry, flammable fuel before it accumulates into something that could start a much more dangerous conflagration. Determining when and how to set a prescribed fire is a complicated science. "A lot of the grassland areas have lots of acreage that's got to be burned by a certain deadline. You can't just do it any old day," says smoke jumper Brandyn Harvey, who worked for...
  • Is Smokey the Bear Worsening Global Warming?

    07/29/2008 9:38:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 407+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 25 July 2008 | Eli Kintisch
    Enlarge ImageModest blaze. Firefighters may be contributing to global warming by fighting small fires.Credit: Katrina Tepper/AP Scientists have long believed that preventing or dousing forest fires helps combat global warming by saving trees and thus allowing forests to take up more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But surprising new data on hundreds of California forest sites suggest the opposite. The work could help quantify the role of forests in the global carbon cycle and shape U.S. federal fire policy. Lightning-caused fires serve a natural mechanism within forests. They destroy small trees and underbrush while often allowing large trees to...
  • Solar activity as a possible cause of large forest fires

    04/04/2008 11:17:22 AM PDT · by qam1 · 33 replies · 79+ views
    Pubmed ^ | May 1, 2008 | Gomes JF, Radovanovic M.
    A case study: Analysis of the Portuguese forest fires. Chemical Engineering Department, IST — Instituto Superior Técnico, Torre Sul, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal; Chemical Engineering Department, ISEL — Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, R. Conselheiro Emídio Navarro, 1, 1949-014 Lisboa, Portugal. Fires of large dimension destroy forests, harvests and housing objects. Apart from that combustion products and burned surfaces become large ecological problems. Very often fires emerge simultaneously on different locations of a region so a question could be asked if they always have been a consequence of negligence, pyromania, high temperatures or maybe there has...
  • What's Behind the California Wildfires?

    10/31/2007 7:32:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 234+ views ^ | October 31, 2007 | Bill Steigerwald
    What's Behind the California Wildfires? By Bill Steigerwald | Wednesday, October 31, 2007 As several of Southern California's wind-whipped wildfires still burned on Thursday, we called conservation biologist and forest researcher Dr. Reese Halter to learn more about the 20 fires that had destroyed 2,000 homes, forced the evacuation of more than 500,000 people and left at least eight dead. Halter, the author of "Wild Weather: The Truth Behind Global Warming," is the founder and president of Global Forest Science (, a forest conservation and research institute that helps private landholders, governments and corporations around the world "make better...
  • CA: Inland forest a tinderbox despite tree thinning (drought and bark beetles 'raise the stakes')

    10/30/2006 9:04:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 699+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 10/30/06 | Imran Ghori
    Tree-cutters have removed dead and dying trees from 30,000 acres near Idyllwild, but plenty of fuel remains on the 70,000 acres that haven't been cleared, officials said. Limited resources for tree cutting have been concentrated on clearing hazards near highways and in populated areas and on building firebreaks. "We've tried to do everything we can with the money we have to protect the towns of Idyllwild and Pine Cove," said Bob Sommer, a vegetation management specialist with the Forest Service. Since Thursday, the Esperanza Fire has consumed more than 40,000 acres of dry vegetation in the San Jacinto Mountains. Three...
  • Audit faults forest program controls ( Healthy Forests ag Fires )

    10/07/2006 8:02:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Star-Tribune Washington bureau ^ | October 07, 2006 | NOELLE STRAUB
    The U.S. Forest Service has not developed national guidelines to assess the risks communities face from wildfires and is unable to ensure that the most important fire prevention projects are funded first, an independent government audit has found. And while the majority of catastrophic wildfires occur in the West, nearly 58 percent of the total acres treated in fiscal year 2004 were in the southeastern states, the report said. "The Forest Service cannot clearly identify the level of risk to communities from wildfire," it said. "It cannot demonstrate to stakeholders its accomplishments in reducing those risks with the funds provided."...
  • Logging on around Eagle ( Beetle killed trees to prevent fires )

    09/25/2006 8:54:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 567+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | September 24, 2006 | Corey Reynolds
    Logging trucks are again rumbling through town after a nearly 15-year hiatus. The Forest Service has reopened - or has plans to reopen - numerous drainages south of Eagle Ranch to logging... There are currently two active sales south of Eagle, with another in the works, said Cary Green, the White River National Forest's timber management assistant for the Eagle area. The 60-acre Beecher Gulch salvage timber sale, on Hardscrabble Mountain, sold in 2005, and about 500,000 board feet of timber is currently being harvested... A typical 2,000-square foot, single-family home requires about 27,000 board feet of framing lumber, paneling...
  • The Great Smoky Mountains of Idaho - 2006

    09/23/2006 12:04:56 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 73 replies · 1,182+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | September 24, 2006 | Jeff Head
    While working this summer for the Federal Government on some communication issues on a ridgeline at about 7,000 feet in the mountains of Idaho, I was witness to the true, Great Smoky Mountains, not the mist and fog shrouded variety back east. Here's a picture I took. The Great Smoky Mountains of Idaho - 2006 The wind had come up that day out of the south very strong and allowed us to get to this particular spot without fear of the fire. We passed through a National Guard check point and as Federal Employees, with a comm job to do,...
  • Firefighters Fight 60 Wildfires in West

    09/09/2006 7:38:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 434+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | September 9, 2006
    Federal officials on Friday were tracking 60 large, active fires that were burning more than 1 million acres, or more than 1,500 square miles, across the West. The states in the region with the most number of fires included Idaho, Nevada, and Montana, according to the Web site of the Boise-based National Interagency Fire Center, composed of various federal agencies that coordinate to battle wildfires. In Idaho, fires had burned more than 231,000 acres, or 360 square miles, the center reported. State officials toured fire camps to survey the damage -- as well as to tell federal firefighting crews here,...
  • Beetle Kill Turns Forest Red, Raises Wildfire Risk

    08/15/2006 8:50:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 2,850+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | Aug 15, 2006 | Paul Day
    Experts and emergency management officials in Grand County worry that a large stretch of forest devastated by pine beetles may be waiting to burn in a massive wildfire. At least a quarter million acres of lodge pole pines are either dead or dying because of the mountain pine beetle. They've turned once green forests into large areas of dead, red colored trees. "Some of these county roads are very thin," Billy Sumerlin, director of Grand County's Natural Resources department said. "It makes it very difficult for fire apparatus to get in, especially if we're in the process of trying to...
  • Spain investigates arson claims as forest fires rage in northwest

    08/10/2006 2:23:46 PM PDT · by Republicain · 5 replies · 197+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/09/2006
    A Spanish police unit specialising in organised crime has been investigating the spate of forest fires which have ravaged northwestern Spain in recent days, amid claims that many were deliberately set. Teams made up of firefighters and more than 3,500 forest workers, backed up by 30 aircraft, were battling 56 blazes Tuesday in the worst hit northwestern region of Galicia while a further 40 were regarded as being under control. Also affected, though to a far lesser degree, was the eastern region of Catalonia. After Galician regional president Emilio Perez Tourino asserted Monday that "the majority (of the fires) are...
  • Death of a forest ( more large fires soon across the West )

    08/08/2006 11:52:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies · 1,069+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | August 7, 2006 | Alex Miller
    Experts paint grim picture for local trees, eye future forest.. It seems there’s just not much good news for trees these days... Pine beetles decimating lodgepole pines across the West ...foresters are already looking ahead to what the landscape will look like in the future. “This mature pine forest is a goner,” said Cal Wettstein, district ranger for the Holy Cross and Eagle ranger districts. “We’re focusing on the next forest.” Asked what the future holds...Wettstein said simply “large fires.” Over the next two decades, the beetle-killed trees will shed their needles and their branches, then fall down and contribute...
  • Nevada fire grows to 300 square miles

    07/31/2006 12:21:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 319+ views
    cnn ^ | July 31, 2006 | The Associated Press
    High wind hampered fire crews again Sunday as they fought a wildfire that had dashed across nearly 300 square miles of remote rangeland in northern Nevada. The brush fire 50 miles northeast of Winnemucca had exploded from less than 30 square miles to 292 square miles since Thursday, making it one of the nation's biggest wildfires of the season, fire information officer Susan Marzec said. "The fire is continuing to make its move because of gusty winds and dryness," Marzec said. "Every time we make headway we're back where we started." The fire was just 5 percent contained, and no...
  • Fire maps tag homes to skip ( Defensible Spaces : fire buffer )

    06/11/2006 6:46:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 800+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 10, 2006 | Todd Hartman
    Wildfire triage helps districts decide which properties to protect... Increasingly wary of powerful forest fires..mountain fire districts are mapping out which vulnerable homes might be sacrificed to avoid putting firefighters in harm's way and make best use of limited resources... Since [ the ] disastrous fire season of 2002, fire districts and departments...are rapidly assembling data to assist in hard decisions about what neighborhoods are defensible and which ones may be left to burn. But should a fast-rising fire force districts with too few resources to make deployment decisions fast, new maps and software give firefighters instant access to the...
  • Arabs Torch Valuable Desert Forest (Islam's Scorched Earth Policy -- Better Dead than Infidel)

    05/20/2005 7:56:30 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 27 replies · 942+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20 May 2005 | Arutz Sheva
    Arabs resumed using arson as a weapon against Israel Friday morning and destroyed more than 10,000 pine trees in Israel's largest planted forest. Shortly after noon, firefighters overcame the fire at the Yatir Forest but still were trying to prevent it from rekindling the trees as afternoon winds become stronger. The forest is on the edge of the Negev and Judean deserts, about seven miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Arad and 15 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of Be'er Sheva. "This is the largest and worst arson in the forest," said Abu Abukyan, Yatir Forest superintendent. He said there were no...
  • 747s may be enlisted for firefighting duty

    12/26/2004 2:25:12 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies · 994+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 26, 2004 | Sam Howe Verhovek
    SEATTLE -- Since first taking off in 1969, Boeing 747s have carried 3.6 billion people and flown the equivalent of 74,000 round trips to the moon. (A) consideration is whether the large planes could fly low and slow enough to be used effectively against the kinds of fires that have raged across the West in recent years -- charring 60 million acres in the past decade, or an area the size of Oregon, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, based in Boise, Idaho.
  • May(AlQaeda)Attack in New Mexico'Postponed,' FBI Reports

    07/30/2004 12:00:03 PM PDT · by woofie · 218 replies · 7,705+ views
    Albuquerque Journal | Friday, July 30, 2004 | Kate Nash
    SANTA FE— Authorities say possible elements of al-Qaida might be operating in New Mexico and that efforts by law enforcement agents forced terrorists to "postpone" a May attack in New Mexico or California. "The attack was, I guess you could say, quashed because of increased security measures that law enforcement and other agencies had taken," FBI special agent Bill Elwell said Thursday. "It became too much of a risk for them to continue." Elwell said intelligence about the attack "was very nonspecific in scope, in times, dates or location." He said federal agents found out about the attack after May...
  • FBI Issues Terror Warning for Calif., N.M.

    07/29/2004 11:24:37 AM PDT · by Betis70 · 125 replies · 4,797+ views
    AP ^ | 07/29/2004 | TED BRIDIS
    WASHINGTON - The FBI (news - web sites) warned police in California and New Mexico that it received information about possible terrorist activity in their states. However, the warning wasn't specific about particular targets or a method of attack, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.
  • Jumbo Boeing 747 Reworked To Fight Fires

    05/21/2004 4:31:02 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 56 replies · 782+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05-21-2004 | AP
    Jumbo Boeing 747 Reworked to Fight Fires ASSOCIATED PRESS McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - The first jumbo jet converted for use as a tanker in fighting forest fires could be ready for service by July, an aviation company said. The Boeing 747 could carry 20,000 gallons of water or fire retardant, 10 times as much as a conventional propeller tanker, Evergreen International Aviation said Thursday. The jet was converted over the past year and has made about 50 test flights in Arizona, the McMinnville, Ore.-based company said. The jet still needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. "It represents one of...
  • Drought Still Ravages Western US

    04/11/2004 2:22:50 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 218+ views
    AP ^ | 4-11-2004 | Scott Sonner
    Drought Still Ravages Western U.S. Sun Apr 11,12:50 PM ET By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press Writer RENO, Nev. - From the brittle hillsides of Southern California to the drying fields of Idaho, from Montana to New Mexico, a relentless drought is worsening across most of the West, water supplies are dwindling and the threat of wildfires is rising. "Most of the West is headed into six years of drought and some areas are looking at seven years of drought," said Rick Ochoa, weather program manager at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Arizona is facing its worst drought...
  • New al-Qaida plot to burn U.S. forests

    04/08/2004 6:32:11 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 37 replies · 330+ views ^ | April 8, 2004 | WorldNetDaily
    GLOBAL JIHAD New al-Qaida plot to burn U.S. forests Arab message board posts 'plan of economic attack' Posted: April 8, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 An Arabic-language jihadi website posted a message purporting to be "al-Qaida’s plan of economic attack" on the U.S. that included setting forest fires, according to the Northeast Intellgence Network. The six-point plan appeared Saturday and called for: attacks on the assets of large American companies all over the world; attacks on U.S. oil refineries; attacks on civilian airports with the goal of financially devastating U.S. airlines; deliberate pollution of food system; setting of...
  • Methods of reducing erosion on burned areas being tested in Prescott

    01/13/2004 1:29:20 PM PST · by Holly_P · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Tucson Arizona Star ^ | Jan 13, 2004 | Associated Press
    PRESCOTT — Two new methods of reducing erosion are being tried on land burned in the Indian fire south of Prescott. The land, burned in May 2002, is being used to test wood chips and new straw pellets. The pellets, developed by an Illinois company, expand fourfold when wet and stick to the ground, so the soil is less likely to wash away in monsoon rains. Wood chips are also being tried. Shortly after the fire, researchers cut down some of the dead trees, chipped the smaller logs and spread them on the burned area. To compare the effectiveness, researchers...
  • Radical Eco Alert, Opposing Healthy Forest

    11/06/2003 12:18:39 PM PST · by azkathy · 5 replies · 152+ views
    EF Alert | 11-6-03 | az kathy
    Subj: Fwd: [EF!] "Healthy Forest" legislation passes U.S. Senate! Date: 11/6/2003 11:05:22 AM US Mountain Standard Time BEWARE! BEWARE! BEWARE! FOLLOWING IS AN ALERT FROM RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS! THEY ARE PREPARING TO ATTEMPT TO BLOCK THE FOREST HEALTH BILL! PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS AND OPPOSE THEIR CRAZY IDEAS BEFORE WE LOSE MORE FORESTS TO UNNATURAL FOREST FIRES! Senator Wyden (D-OR) is slated for attack by the enviro-stalinists!!! Please consider calling and leaving messages of support and thanks for his heroic efforts on this bill!!!! He's going to need to hear from us in droves!!!!!!!!!!! Phone: (202) 224-5244 or (503) 326-7525 Fax:...
  • Could Russian 'waterbomber' save California? - Congressmen say feds resisting.. jet.. douse..

    10/31/2003 5:58:29 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 58 replies · 422+ views
    WND ^ | 10/31/03 | Joseph Farah
    A massive Russian jet capable of releasing more than 10,000 gallons of water in a single dump could help solve California's wildfire crisis, but the federal government continues to resist it, asserts two U.S. congressmen. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said at a news conference yesterday the Russian government repeatedly has offered the Ilyushin-76 'Waterbomber' – reportedly capable of dousing a fire the size of 10 football fields – to the U.S. Forest Service for its use but has been rebuffed each time. Rohrabacher spokesman Aaron Lewis told WorldNetDaily the federal government's response amid wildfires that have...
  • Forest fire burning near Ruidoso

    10/28/2003 6:09:50 PM PST · by FITZ · 13 replies · 196+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | October 28, 2003 | AP
    RUIDOSO, N.M. - Nearly 40 summer homes and cabins were voluntarily evacuated as a forest fire burned through at least 350 acres of steep terrain north of here. Forest officials were waiting Tuesday for more air support to help battle the blaze, which started Monday night near N.M. 532 and burned mainly in the Lincoln National Forest. "The key is getting those resources that have been ordered," said Bill Duemling, a fire information officer. An air tanker, designed to drop fire retardant, along with three water-dropping helicopters were called in to help. The fire was being mapped from the air...
  • FBI: al-Qaeda Detainee Spoke of Fire PlotJuly 11, 2003

    10/28/2003 2:10:55 PM PST · by Freedom Is Contagious · 11 replies · 147+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | July 11th 2003 | USA TODAY
    <p>PHOENIX (AP) — The FBI alerted law enforcement agencies last month that an al-Qaeda terrorist now in detention had talked of masterminding a plot to set a series of devastating forest fires around the western United States.</p> <p>Rose Davis, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, told The Associated Press that officials there took note of the warning but didn't see a need to act further on it.</p>
  • Fires lend urgency to forest-thinning act

    10/28/2003 6:15:57 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 13 replies · 110+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 28 OCT 03 | By Audrey Hudson
    <p>Lawmakers from both parties are calling for fast action on President Bush´s forestry initiative, as wildfires that have killed at least 15 persons and destroyed more than 1,100 homes race through Southern California.</p> <p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, asked the Senate last night to start moving the Healthy Forests Restoration Act that has stalled over issues of debate time and amendments.</p>