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Daily Archives: July 6, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Belfast artist unlocks the personality of trees

Mail Tribune
July 5, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

Belfast sculptor Ron Cowan used a chisel Thursday morning to carve a personality into his newest face. The faces carved into old barn beams, stumps and logs seem to gaze upon him benevolently as he employed chainsaw and chisel to discover more of their brethren. “Wood is alive — it’s like us, cells and earth,” Cowan said as he gestured around the faces that surrounded him. “Any day I get the inspiration and my chain saw has gas, I work on them.”

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Business & Politics

Canada, Japan at odds over B.C. timber in TPP trade talks, documents show

Canadian Press
July 6, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – One of Canada’s most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned. Japan is pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the controls it imposes on B.C. log exports — a practice that is heavily restricted by the federal and provincial governments, and which drives up their cost to foreign buyers. Details of the forestry impasse with Japan are contained in documents from Canada’s Foreign Affairs department that are marked “secret” and that have been obtained by The Canadian Press.

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Canadian lumber market is back on the beam

Montreal Gazette
July 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

A steady rebound in U.S. housing activity over the next two years will spell much better times for North American lumber producers and lessen their reliance on the big Chinese market, says Montreal-based institutional investment manager Addenda Capital Inc. The lumber industry, with annual sales of $20 billion U.S., has become “surprisingly healthy” after facing a critical downturn after the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, says analyst Todd Kapala in a study released Friday. Addenda manages a total of $25 billion. “Forest products are often associated with doom and gloom,” says Kapala, “That certainly is the case for newsprint and paper as they face the electronic media’s onset, but not for lumber.”

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Domtar Dryden developing stronger pulp

Thunder Bay News Watch
July 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DRYDEN — Domtar’s Dryden Mill is launching new technology to expand markets for its pulp production. The company’s $4-million investment will launch a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale manufacturing facility for new grades of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp. Beyond producing its traditional writing and specialty-grade papers, tissues and paper towels, Domtar hopes to expand pulp sales into value-added products like fibreglass and cement.  “It becomes kind of a flexible product.,” said Domtar spokeswoman, Bonny Skene.

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Company Shares of Domtar Corporation Drops by -5.25%

Insider Trading Report
July 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar Corporation has lost 5.25% during the past week and dropped 4.36% in the last 4 weeks. The shares are however, negative as compared to the S&P 500 for the past week with a loss of 4.13%. Domtar Corporation has underperformed the index by 3.62% in the last 4 weeks. Investors should watch out for further signals and trade with caution. The company shares have dropped -1.47% from its 1 Year high price. On Mar 6, 2015, the shares registered one year high at $48.30 and the one year low was seen on Oct 15, 2014. 

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COMPANY SHARES OF LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORPORATION DROPS BY -3.55%

OTC Outlook
July 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation has lost 3.55% during the past week and dropped 3.94% in the last 4 weeks. The shares are however, negative as compared to the S&P 500 for the past week with a loss of 2.4%. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation has underperformed the index by 3.19% in the last 4 weeks. Investors should watch out for further signals and trade with caution. The company shares have rallied 14.25% from its 1 Year high price. 

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Russian forestry sanctions a “severe blow” to Finland, industry warns

Yle Uutiset
July 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finland’s forestry sector would suffer a severe blow should the Russian government decide to introduce trade sanctions on timber, an industry spokesman has said. Jukka Halonen, head of Russian affairs at the Finnish Forest Industries federation, told Yle that a possible embargo on Finnish timber imports would freeze the domestic forestry sector, and he insisted it would also harm Russia’s own industry. The sanctions were mooted on Friday in the Duma in retaliation for Finland’s refusal to lift an EU travel restriction allowing a prominent Russian politician to attend a political summit in Helsinki.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fire Codes Prove Their Value

Building codes, Firewise can save lives, property
Payson Roundup
July 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States
Turns out, it’s not that hard to predict which houses will burn down when a wildfire gets near. A widely used method of fire risk assessment proved tragically accurate during the 2007 Witch Creek/Guejito wildfire in Southern California, according to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, published on the website Science Daily… The researchers focused on 274 homes near Rancho Bernardo north of San Diego. The fire destroyed 74 homes and damaged another 16 in that subdivision. The researchers used a measurement of fire risk in an Wildland-Urban Interface zone like all of Rim Country to figure out whether the measurements proved accurate in predicting which homes would burn.The assessment included things like roof type, proximity of easily burned materials to the structure, and vegetation both around the home and in the area.

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France Recreates Tall Wooden Warship That Launched USA

Woodworking Network
July 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, International

A detailed wood replica of the Hermione, an 18th Century French warship that was instrumental in defeating the British during the American Revolution, has harbored in New York City. The ship is a copy of the original which carried General Lafayette to the aid of the colonies in 1780 as they battled England. The 213-foot long replica of the Hermione, which required lumber from 3,000 oak trees, carried its crew of 80 in period dress into New York City for the Fourth of July weekend, following visits to Baltimore and Philadelphia. More than 400,000 individual wood and metal components when into the project.

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Code offers different building standards for senior centers

The Augusta Chronicle
July 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

When flames ripped through Marshall Square on June 2, a 91-year-old woman died of smoke inhalation in her top-floor apartment and firefighters had to rescue two neighbors because they could not get out fast enough. A month later, the burned-out shell of the upscale Evans retirement center’s east wing has revealed some clues as to why. The frame of the $20 million resort was constructed almost entirely of wood, and Columbia County officials say there was no sprinkler system in the attic to keep combustible materials inside the three-story, 180,000-square-foot facility on Ronald Reagan Drive from quickly catching fire… Advocates for senior care say it might be time to re-evaluate building codes for retirement resorts and modify them to mirror those for assisted living centers, which are required to be constructed with noncombustible materials and have sprinklers or heat detectors in attics.

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Forestry

Many trees in Vancouver park expected to succumb to drought

Vancouver Sun
July 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Scores of tinder-dry trees in an East Vancouver park may not survive what city staff are now calling a “severe drought.” Park Board crews ramped up their watering program this year because of the hot, dry conditions, but it may not be enough to revive about 30 per cent of the several hundred trees that were recently planted in New Brighton Park, say staff. “We’re in an unprecedented drought for this time of year,” said Nick Page, a biologist with the city. “We’re anticipating we’ll have some loss.” The trees are in the western end of the park, where the city is trying to re-forest an area that would screen a truck parking lot at the port from fields of view.

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Woodland organizations making change happen: deMarsh

Atlantic Farm Focus
July 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Woodlot owner organizations are “about making change happen,” according to Canadian Federation of Woodland Owners (CFWO) President Peter deMarsh. He told the recent Federation of Nova Scotia Woodlands Owners’ annual meeting that the CFWO is working on developing a carbon credit program—for which there is no government support—to reward small woodland owners for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But deMarsh insisted it will need a forest certification program for small woodlands to support it. “It doesn’t make sense to have a carbon credit program without first having a forest certification program.”

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Protecting Toronto’s downtown trees from the hardships of urban life

Globe and Mail
July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There’s nothing like the spring bloom to reveal the devastation that afflicts Toronto’s long-suffering street trees, many of which succumb to their injuries – compacted roots, dehydration and the mounds of crud that accumulate around their spindly trunks – during cold winters. While urban forestry officials, tasked with maintaining about 15,000 street trees, have been searching for affordably sustainable solutions for years, a handful of downtown business improvement areas (BIAs) have discovered a low-tech – and inadvertently unappealing – way of protecting them from the rough-and-tumble world of sidewalk traffic, and especially bark contusions caused by bike locks.

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Guest Opinion: Idaho’s National Forests need collaboration, not rhetoric

By Rick Johnson, executive director of the Idaho Conservation League
Idaho Statesman
July 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This spring’s drought and unprecedented heat wave should have Idahoans thinking about their national forests — but we should do so in realistic manner, not clouded with political smoke… While it would be delightful to promise a quick political fix, it would also be disingenuous. These are complicated issues deserving thoughtful solutions that consider the needs of all stakeholders. That takes time, money and commitment. Still, that does not stop some political leaders. In a recent opinion piece, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, says he isn’t trying to pull national forests away from their rightful owners — the American people. He’s just trying to set up “an experiment” in local control. Call in the smokejumpers. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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BLM plan shows need for O&C legislation: Editorial Agenda 2015

The Oregonian
July 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management in April revealed a draft Resource Management Plan to govern 2.5 million acres of federal forests in Oregon. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the agency’s plan, which actually includes four different proposals, is that it has drawn attention to the continuing need for federal legislation to update forest policies on Oregon’s O&C lands. The O&C lands, former Oregon and California Railroad lands that have been set aside as a source of timber supply since 1937, have yielded decreasing harvests and, thus, reduced revenue for counties for more than 20 years. 

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Standard Chartered joins pact to prevent forest destruction

Financial Times
July 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Standard Chartered bank has put palm oil and soy companies on notice that it will soon stop dealing with businesses whose operations drive the widespread destruction of tropical forests. The lender has signed up to an industry agreement, which also covers timber product companies, that commits it to avoid groups causing permanent deforestation in environmentally sensitive areas by 2020. “We are dialling up the pressure to effect positive change,” Mark Devadason, the bank’s global head of sustainability, told the Financial Times.
The industry agreement, known as the “soft commodities compact”, commits signatories to ensure palm oil, soy and timber clients’ activities are consistent with “zero net deforestation” by 2020.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Improvements sought for forestry scheme

Scoop.co.nz
July 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A review to increase uptake for the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative is underway and the government is seeking feedback from industry on the proposed changes, says Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew. Introduced in 2006, the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative was the first national scheme that allowed forest landowners to earn emissions units for the carbon stored within their forests. “The scheme has been successful on a relatively small scale, with just 16,000 hectares of land under permanent forest,” says Mrs Goodhew. “We recognised that improvements to its administration could make it more appealing to landowners.

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Forest Fires

Dog Mountain fire grows to 35 hectares

Alberni Valley News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fire raging on Dog Mountain at Sproat Lake has reached approximately 35 hectares size, according to the B.C. Coastal Fire Centre. The CFC suspects the blaze, which started near the top of the mountain and has now reached the lake shore in some areas, is human-caused. The fire has grown exponentially, from one-and-half hectares at 4 p.m. Saturday to five by 6:30 p.m. to 35 hectares by July 5. “This fire is burning aggressively on the top of a mountain, surrounded by steep terrain on all sides,” a CFC statement reads.

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UPDATED: SOUTHEAST FIRE CENTRE SAYS SITKUM CREEK WILDFIRE NOW ESTIMATED 300 HECTARES

Castlegarsource.com
July 6, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Southeast Fire Centre in a late Sunday news release said the Sitkum Creek blaze has increased in size to a now estimated 300 hectares. The larger estimated size of this fire is due to increased visibility on Sunday which permitted more accurate mapping. “The majority of the fire’s growth occurred due to high temperatures and erratic winds when it was discovered on Saturday afternoon through to Saturday night,” said Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer Jordan Turner. Turner said the BC Wildfire Service has 25 firefighters, four pieces of heavy equipment and two water tenders on scene.

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Smoke and ash from forest fires, plus Level 4 drought advisory in Parksville Qualicum Beach

The Parksville Qualicum Beach News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The smoke and ash enveloping the Parksville Qualicum Beach region this weekend is from three blazes in the Coastal Fire Region, two on the Island and one on the Sunshine Coast. Weather patterns and eye witness accounts suggest most of the smoke and ash here is coming from a forest fire just two kilometres outside Sechelt, roughly 50 kilometres as the gull flies across the Salish Sea. As of 8 p.m. Sunday, an air quality advisory had not been issued for this region by the Ministry of Environment, which did issue an advisory for the Sunshine Coast. Real time air quality information in B.C. is available at www.bcairquality.ca.

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Multiple fires in Pemberton explode in growth overnight

Global News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

On an evening where fires were seemingly raging all over British Columbia, it was near Pemberton where damage was the greatest. In total, three different large fires in the Boulder Wildfire Complex exploded in growth over the last 24 hours, growing by over ten times in size. The Elaho Valley fire, which has been burning 67 kilometres northwest of Pemberton since the middle of June, was measured at 2,000 hectares, or 20 square kilometres, in size, this morning. But now, it’s believed to be as big as 20,000 hectares, or 200 square kilometres. “This fire is displaying a vigorous and aggressive rate of spread, with periods of organized crown fire,” said the Wildfire Management Branch in a statement.

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Province denies ‘let it burn’ policy

Residents call for change
The Star Phoenix
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As wildfires continue to consume the forests of northern Saskatchewan, some northerners say the province should rethink its response and allow experienced locals to help battle the flames. In a written statement Friday, Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of Lac La Ronge Indian Band said changes should be made to the current firefighting protocol to allow “local experienced firefighters to be on the line working.” Flexibility is needed so locals can provide assistance, she said, noting resources are growing thin and people without the “Type 3” training designation are not currently allowed to help.

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Alberta battles wildfires, takes in Saskatchewan evacuees

Edmonton Journal
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forecast for lower temperatures and slower wind speeds may aid firefighters battling an out-of control wildfire near North Tallcree First Nation. Northern Alberta forest fires near High Level are a top priority this weekend, the minister of municipal affairs said Friday. On Thursday evening 200 people were evacuated from the small community about 100 kilometres southeast of High Level. The fire burned south and southwest away from the community overnight Friday, and continued to burn about four kilometres west of the Tallcree on Saturday.

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Wildfire overtakes Sask First Nation; unknown number of buildings burn

Canadian Press
July 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL LAKE, Sask. — Wind-whipped wildfires engulfed a northern Saskatchewan community Friday and burned at least two homes to the ground. “Everybody’s safe, but we just couldn’t take on Mother Nature today,” said Edward Henderson, chief of the Montreal Lake First Nation. “There was no stopping it — four water bombers, two helicopters bucketing, crews on the ground doing whatever they could, but we just couldn’t do anything when the wind picked up.” Henderson said when the massive wall of flames was less than a kilometre away, he and other leaders decided to pull everyone — firefighters, volunteers, out of the community, about 250 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

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Hundreds flee as wildfires rage across B.C.

One person has died while fighting a blaze near Sechelt
Vancouver Sun
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Wildfires in tinder-dry forests are forcing people out of their homes and businesses across British Columbia. About 100 homes in Port Hardy, 28 homes east of Kelowna, and a run-of-river hydroelectric project under construction near Pemberton have been evacuated under orders from municipalities and regional districts. Five more communities and rural areas are under an evacuation alert, meaning residents need to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Included are residences near five fires: near Sechelt, on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni, near two fires in southeastern B.C. and another in northeastern B.C.

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Tree-faller killed on fourth day of Sechelt fire

Old Sechelt Mine Fire
Coast Reporter
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A 61-year-old tree-faller from Gibsons was killed on the job Sunday while assisting with efforts to fight the Old Sechelt Mine Fire, Sunshine Coast RCMP has confirmed. RCMP and BC Ambulance Service responded to the emergency call at 12:08 p.m. Worksafe BC and the BC Coroner’s Service are investigating. Detachment spokesman Const. Harrison Mohr called the incident a tragic example of how truly dangerous it is to fight wildfires. “We are fortunate to have such brave men and women working to protect our homes and communities,” he said.

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Six Mile fire descends, diverts

Nelson Star
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fierce forest fire currently descending towards Highway 3A in Six Mile continues to spread, and onlookers are concerned that it may reach their homes by noon today. Though an evacuation alert has been circulated by the Regional District of Central Kootenay, residents are still hoping the hellish conflagration could pass them by with the help of fire crews. “The first load of retardant got dumped a few minutes ago,” said resident Bob Tremblay, who has been watching from his backyard as the fire nears his property along with his wife Joyce. He is currently running multiple sprinklers in his yard and roof in preparation.

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Haze from fires blankets B.C.’s south coast

Victoria Times Colonist
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — Haze from forest fires blanketed much of the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland on Sunday morning. …The shishalh Nation in Sechelt reported this weekend that there have been big increases in respiratory distress calls to emergency services due to smoke.  An evacuation alert has been issued for some areas north of Sechelt near the 80-hectare Carlson Point blaze. …The Squamish Lillooet Regional District also declared a state of emergency, which is issued when there is a threat to people or property and allows the local government to bill the province for operations. …Three fires — the Elaho, Boulder Creek and Nahatlatch — all displayed a vigorous and aggressive rate of spread, sometimes with crown fires, where the fire spreads from tree top to tree top. 

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Fires raging across B.C. as concern for the summer deepens

Global News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

There were at least 33 fires that started in British Columbia Saturday. There were 32 Friday. And undoubtedly, there will be more to come in the days and weeks ahead. “Why we’ve seen this severe situation so early has been the weather conditions,” says Kevin Skrepnek, Provincial Fire Information Officer, who added that lightning has also played a big part in many of the fires. “Almost all of the lower mainland, most of the Vancouver Island, and big areas of northeastern and central B.C. are in extreme fire danger rating. It’s unusual for this time of year [and] there’s no relief in sight in the weather forecast. 

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Evacuation order in Port Hardy lifted

Global News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

An evacuation order that was put in place for 100 residences on the western edge of Port Hardy has been lifted. “The boys have made some progress on the fire,” says Mayor Hank Bood. “It’s further back from town that it’s used to be.” People who lived in the area of Mayors Way and Upper Carnarvon, west end to Park Drive, who were evacuated Friday night and Saturday morning will be allowed to return to their homes at 8 p.m., says Bood. The fire, which grew to 17 hectares in size, came within 400 metres of homes on the northwestern edge of Port Hardy on the evening of July 3.

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Satellite view shows massive plume of wildfire smoke over Metro Vancouver

Vancity Buzz
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

NASA satellites are keeping a close watch on the massive wildfires burning in southern British Columbia. A satellite captured today’s space view of the South Coast of the province, showing a massive thick blanket of wildfire smoke covering much of the Lower Mainland, the Strait of Georgia, the southern half of Vancouver Island and parts of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Saskatchewan wildfires force nearly 8,000 people out of homes

CBC News
July 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The military has been called in to help care for 7,900 people from a northern Saskatchewan community that includes the province’s largest First Nation, as a rash of wildfires prompts a massive evacuation. Up to 5,000 of the evacuees will be taken hundreds of kilometres away to a refuge in Cold Lake, Alta., staffed by the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross. After the wildfires crossed fail-safe lines Saturday, coming within eight kilometres of the community of La Ronge, the provincial government and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band began evacuating out 7,900 residents remaining in the area.

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Sechelt fire grows to 80 hectares as terrain causes difficulty

Coast Reporter
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Still burning after three days, the forest fire officially dubbed the Old Sechelt Mine Fire has grown in size to 80 hectares (198 acres) and is 40 per cent contained, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) reported on its website late Saturday. In an earlier update, SCRD emergency preparedness coordinator Bill Elsner said extremely strong winds and very low relative humidity forecast for Saturday evening is “providing unusual overnight burning conditions,” and cautioned that any new fires should be considered “dangerous and volatile.” The fire is located about two kilometres northwest of Sechelt and 1.8 kilometres above the west shore of Sechelt Inlet. It was burning Saturday in a north-northeasterly direction, parallel with Sechelt Inlet.

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Northeast Fire Region Forest Fire Situation Update – July 5

Wawa News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

As of July 5, there are currently nine active forest fires in the region. A majority of active forest fires are currently being observed or under control in the far north, with the exception of two new fires north of Sudbury. Sudbury 25 is being held at 0.1 hectares, and Sudbury 26 is not under control at 0.1 hectares. The region is experiencing a low to high hazard, with areas experiencing greatest hazard concentrated around James Bay, Ottawa and Sault

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Wildfire burns near Big Cliff Dam

Statesman Journal
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire broke out Saturday along Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam and had grown to a size of about 30 acres by Saturday evening, the Oregon Department of Forestry said. The fire was burning less than a mile from the highway in steep terrain. …The fire was first reported around noon near the area of Niagara, which is just west of Detroit Lake Dam. It was burning in heavy timber and had high potential for growth due to hot and dry conditions, said Rod Nichols, a spokesman for the forestry department. Nichols said the Oregon Department of Transportation would decide whether to shut down the highway, which is a heavily traveled route between Salem and Detroit Lake on the holiday weekend.

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Firefighters tackle 19,000-acre fire in Central Oregon

Associated Press
July 3, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

DAYVILLE, Ore. — Firefighters in central Oregon are fighting a large fire on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The Oregon Department of Forestry said on Friday that the Corner Creek Fire grew by 7,000 acres overnight to about 19,000 acres and is zero percent contained. Some of the acreage gain was from burnout operations to control the fire. Officials said conditions are extremely challenging: very high temperatures and low relative humidity coupled with winds gusting to 25 mph. Fire information spokeswoman Mary Huels said six residences and a dozen other structures at several ranches could be threatened, but no structures have burned thus far.

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Olympic National Park fire jumps Queets River to the south, flares on eastern flank

Peninsula Daily News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The smoky fire in the southwest portion of Olympic National Park has jumped the Queets River and was burning on the south side, an incident report issued this morning said. “The eastern end of the fire flared up after having been relatively quiet the last few days, burning until after 9 p.m.,” the report said. “Late in the afternoon, fire was spotted south of the Queets River.”

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Firefighters continue battle of 70-acre blaze near Detroit Lake

Statesman Journal
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

A number of challenges were at play as about 100 firefighters battled a wildfire along Highway 22 near Detroit Lake Sunday. The dry heat that reached above 90 degrees made mid-day efforts more formidable. The steep terrain allowed the fire to spread uphill more efficiently. And the end of a holiday weekend posed issues of traffic congestion and hazards. All of these forced fire-fighting efforts to take to the sky with five helicopters, a heavy air tanker and a single engineer tanker.

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Wildfires break out in Spain, Portugal; 1,350 evacuated

Missoulian
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MADRID — More than 1,350 residents were evacuated in Spain’s northeastern region of Aragon as a wildfire spread through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave, a local official said Sunday. Five villages were evacuated as flames devoured hills that are 375 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of Madrid, said Javier Lamban, the president of Aragon. The evacuees, who included residents of a retirement home, were transferred to nearby towns. About 500 firefighters and almost 100 pieces of equipment, including aircraft, were fighting the flames Sunday, which were being fanned by windy conditions and were creating a large plume of smoke.

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General

Burning rain forest raises concern about future

The Seattle Times
July 5, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

PARADISE CREEK, Olympic National Park — …This year, even the Queets rain forest, a place that typically receives more than 200 inches of rain annually, is burning. The fire started after a warm winter prevented most of the snowpack from forming, followed by an exceedingly hot, dry spring that primed the forest for ignition. The result of this unusual alignment is what now ranks as the largest fire since the park was established, and might burn through the summer. …On the western side of the Cascades, there is more uncertainty about how climate change will affect fire cycles. Major fires have flared in the past on the Olympic Peninsula and elsewhere. These burns are more infrequent, however, so there is less information to base future forecasts upon.

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