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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2008, 08:55:22 PM »
Latest on Texas Fires

A series of strong cold fronts with winds over 50 m.p.h. has impacted North Central Texas over the last few days resulting in extreme fire conditions.  While the Caddo and Lyndon Banes Johnson Grasslands have recorded only one seven-acre fire, multiple fires in Wise County have destroyed 17 homes and numerous outbuildings within a 10-mile range of the LBJ Grasslands since Jan. 29.  Short-term and long-term weather forecasts call for this part of Texas to remain dry and susceptible for fires for the next three months.  The situation was made worse by heavy rains in the spring of 2006 that resulted in record levels of fuel loading.  Extreme fire behavior was observed on all of these fires.  Currently, there is one Type 5 engine, one Type 6 engine and one Type 3 helicopter assigned to the district.  These resources were retained through Feb. 3.  Firefighter safety continues to be the first priority.
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« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2008, 01:22:54 AM »
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July14- The Big Sur Highway reopened and many Californians are beginning to return to areas evacuated by wildfires. There are still 288 active blazes still burning in the state and the number of acres burned continues to escalate, but firefighters are beginning to contain blazes near populated areas. Despite the challenges of mudslides, the moist weather aided fire fighters in some efforts to control the blazes. California fire officials estimate that the Big Sur fire is 61 percent contained after destroying 27 homes. The fire is expected to be fully contained by the end of the month. Now as people return to evacuated areas the massive cleanup efforts will begin.

The full text of this article is available on the web: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gwSSrT7-LciDlr1tYmyE9e19oX9QD91TOP0G0

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« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2008, 01:55:40 AM »
Here in the far northern part of California and east of Sacramento in the foot hills, hundreds of fires were started in one day due to dry lightning strikes.  Many of the fires have merged.  Highways even on heavy goods movement routes have been intermitantly closed and evacuations are many.  50 homes were lost near Paradise east of Chico.  We have lost a dozen or so near Redding where I live.  I have several staff members that have been evacuated.   The impressive 60 year old massive tanker the "Martin Mars"  has been landing on Lake Shasta and can drop enough water in one drop to cover three acres.  Impressive.   

The smoke has been severe here for the last three weeks.  More to come.  The winds have cooperated the last several days and some containment is being reported.

Fall rains cannot come too soon.
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« Reply #23 on: July 15, 2008, 07:39:35 AM »
Northern Saskatchewan: July 9, 2008.

There has been a huge fire or fires in Northern Saskatchewan this summer. More than 2000 residents from La Ronge, English Bay,Nemeiben Lake, Grandmother's Bay, Stanley Mission, Sucker River, Missinipe and Wadin Bay were evacuated. The province said there were 1,260 people fighting or patrolling fires, backed by 46 helicopters, 18 tanker aircraft, 28 bulldozers and eight heavy all-terrain vehicles.
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« Reply #24 on: June 01, 2009, 07:10:59 PM »
Alaska

Alaska Wildfire Grows to More Than 20,000 Acres

May 29 The Associated Press reports that the Broken Snowshoe fire, which is burning near the town of McGrath, about 225 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska, has grown to 21,760 acres (as of this writing). Originally estimated at approximately 12,000 acres on May 27, Division of Forestry officials say the addition of 10,000 acres was the result of both the fires growth on the eastern perimeter and more accurate mapping.

For more information, visit the Juneau Empire website.

For the latest wildfire information, visit the website of the National Interagency Fire Center.

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« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2009, 07:05:09 PM »
Arsonist Sentenced

Raymond Lee Oyler was sentenced to death June 5 by Judge W. Charles Morgan in Riverside County Superior Court in California.  Oyler was convicted of setting the 2006 Esperanza Fire that killed five Forest Service firefighters.  Family members of the deceased firefighters were allowed to address Oyler before the sentencing.  On March 6, Oyler was convicted of five counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of using an incendiary device.  At that time, the jury asked for the death penalty.  He will be sent to San Quentin Federal Prison to await execution
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2009, 08:02:31 PM »
Forest Service to Receive Nearly $15 Million from Pacific Gas & Electric for Fire Damage

On July 28, the U.S. attorneys office in Sacramento announced that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) would pay the Forest Service $14.75 million settlement for damages caused by the 1999 Pendola Fire in Yuba County, CA that burned 12,000 acres. The fire started on private land when a rotting tree ignited after it fell onto a PG&E power line. The fire spread onto the Tahoe and Plumas National Forests burning nearly 4,000 acres.  This is the second largest recovery for a wildfire in Forest Service history according to the attorneys office.
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« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2009, 08:35:06 PM »
Wow, that must burn.  :o

I never heard of anyone getting compensation for woodland fires. The biggest problem is the courts have no idea of value for woodlands. Most of the time the fire would be started by someone without a nickle to his name.  I never would expect compensation for fire from a lightning strike, well fallen tree strike I guess. I guess they will be sure to keep their lines brushed from now on.

On another note, a gas company in northern BC is offering a $1M reward leading to the arrest of a pipeline bomber. Been going on for a few months now.
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« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2009, 09:01:30 PM »
...........

On another note, a gas company in northern BC is offering a $1M reward leading to the arrest of a pipeline bomber. Been going on for a few months now.

What has been going on for a few months?  the offering of a $1M, or the pipeline bomber ??   :)
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2009, 05:40:10 AM »
The reward offering has been since July, there was a smaller reward for months earlier. The bombings have been going on hit and miss for about a year. It's a new pipeline I think that was constructed near a small community. Someone obviously doesn't like it in their space.
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