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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

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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Terrace, B.C. sawmill closes down

Terrace Standard
July 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

HOT WEATHER and cool markets in China have resulted in the almost total closure of Skeena Sawmills, the city’s only large sawmill. Mill official Roger Keery said the continuing hot weather has brought on extremely dry conditions in the woods, resulting in a slow down of activity and a resulting shortage of logs for the mill. There’s also been a slowdown in the Chinese lumber market meaning that the mill’s production has been piling up at port facilities in Prince Rupert and at its site on Hwy16 just west of town. A skeleton crew of 10 people from what was a 90-person workforce is at work and the mass layoff will last at least a month, says Keery.

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Congratulations to Catalyst Paper, Corporate Knights’ Best 50

Coast Forest Products
July 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association would like to extend a warm congratulations to Coast Forest member, Catalyst Paper on being named to Corporate Knights‘ Best 50 Canadian Corporate Citizens list for the ninth consecutive year . Catalyst was also one of the five member companies in the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative (CFCI) who helped bring about the historic Great Bear Rainforest land use agreement, which took 15 years of cooperative effort between CFCI, environmental organizations, labour, communities, First Nations, and the provincial government. 

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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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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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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

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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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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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

Renfrew area-man pinned under logging equipment, airlifted to hospital

CBC News
July 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Renfrew county man has been rescued after being pinned under a piece of heavy logging equipment deep in the bush northwest of Ottawa. The 63-year-old man was using a skidder, which pulls cut trees out of a forest, when the vehicle slid down an embankment and landed on top of him. The accident happened at around 9:30 a.m. Friday morning west of Killaloe, Ont. The man sustained “quite serious” but non-life-threatening injuries, predominantly to his lower extremities, said Renfrew County Paramedics chief Mike Nolan.

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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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Suit in deaths of 19 firefighters ends in little cash

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

PHOENIX — A dozen families who lost loved ones when 19 members of a Hotshot firefighting crew were overcome by a 2013 wildfire originally wanted $220 million from the state for their deaths, plus changes to how Arizona responds to fires and trains its crews. They got plenty of changes, but very little money. The attorney who represented the families says the settlement announced Wednesday shows the families weren’t after money. “The compensation piece calls for $50,000 per family, which compared to the enormity of this tragedy sends the strongest possible message that no way, no how was money or compensation for these families a motivating force in this litigation,” said Pat McGroder, an attorney who represented them.

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Forest Restoration Gains Ground

4FRI contractor opens a mill, returns to forest
Payson Roundup
July 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The stalled Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) picked up steam in June with the opening of a new mill in Williams, the reopening of the forest to thinning projects, the addition of a second shift to a mill in Heber and plans for a new, high-tech, small log mill in Williams. Good Earth Power AZ CEO Jason Rosamond in a June update wrote, “The weather has finally moderated and GEPAZ is back in the forest, cutting trees. At the same time, GEPAZ is working with local agencies to hire Arizona workers to man the Williams and Lumberjack mills and to support operations in the forest. All of this is very good, very positive news.” Rosamond said the new mill will take about a year to build.

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For Montana team, forestry and timber sports go hand in hand

Longview Daily News
July 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the classroom, Emily Grotbo is learning how to manage and protect forests. At the Timber Carnival, she’s learning how to chop ‘em up. The irony isn’t lost on her. “Luckily, most of the trees we chop are from private lands,” Grotbo said. Grotbo, 24, studies forestry at the University of Montana in Missoula and works a summer logging job in Montana. The Condon-native drove with teammates Eric Holberg, 31, and Clay Stephenson, 23, from Montana to compete in Saturday’s Go Fourth Timber Carnival, a series of sawing, chopping and agility events. The decades-old competition attracts teams from all of the Pacific Northwest, California and Montana and hosts world champions.

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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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Forest Fires

Thousands evacuate in Saskatchewan as wildfires burn

Globe and Mail
July 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL LAKE, Sask. — Thousands more people in northern Saskatchewan are being told that wildfires are too close for them to stay in their homes. But this time they’ll be heading to Alberta instead of an evacuation centre in their own province. The Alberta government said in a news release that the province and the Red Cross were activating a plan to receive up to 5,000 evacuees in Cold Lake, and that the first ones were expected to arrive Saturday afternoon. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said the Canadian Forces base in Cold Lake would be assisting with the evacuation facilities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fire experts warn Daines of worst wildfire season in years

Helena Independent Record
July 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BILLINGS — Montana is bracing for its worst wildfire season in years, officials told U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Speaking to Daines during a Thursday fire briefing in Billings, federal and state agencies said that extremely early snowmelt in western Montana and increasing thunderstorms in the east are setting the state up for a tough wildfire season. Western wildfire conditions are as bad as they’ve been in years. Eastern Montana, still green from spring rains, is now beginning to dry out with thunderstorms expected to deliver more lightning than soaking rain in coming weeks.

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Firefighters continue work on blazes in Montana, Idaho

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

Fire crews spent the Fourth of July strengthening fire lines on the Glacier Rim fire north of Columbia Falls. The fire has been burning for more than a week now. High winds in the area on Saturday night caused the fire to cross containment lines to the south and southwest. The human-caused fire is partially burning in the area of the 2003 Roberts fire, in an area of heavy dead timber, and fire crews are worried about falling snags. A total of 92 firefighters are currently working on the Glacier Rim fire, which was listed as 70 percent contained on Sunday, and continuing to hold at 85 acres in size.

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Firefighters battle wildfires across the Northwest, including 25,800-acre fire near Dayville

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

Firefighters are battling blazes across the region, which is in the early stages of a wildfire season officials predicted would start early and last long. The largest fire in the Northwest, the 25,800-acre Corner Creek fire, is burning about 11 miles south of Dayville, according to InciWeb, an interagency website that posts information about wildfires. The lightning-caused fire, which started Monday, is about 10 percent contained.

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Canadian fire season previews Montana risk, and smoke-filled valleys

The Missoulian
July 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

As Montana holds Little League tryouts for the 2015 wildfire season, Canada is showing the planet how to really burn a summer. Alberta authorities were battling 116 fires by the end of last week, including 46 reported as “out of control,” according to provincial officials. At British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, a 50-acre fire near Nanaimo forced the evacuation of 12 homes Thursday. …In the continental United States, 14 new large fires have started in Oregon and Washington since the end of June. …Americans got a dose of Canadian fire residuals last week, when an unusual weather system blew Alaskan and Canadian smoke across eastern Montana and straight through the Midwest.

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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 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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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 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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change more worrisome than fire for wildlife

The Star Phoenix
July 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many forest creatures outrun wildfires, burrow under them or swim away, but others die. The short term loss of wildlife is a normal part of the way the boreal forest ecosystem evolved; the greater threat to species comes with the large and complicated shifts caused by climate change, say University of Saskatchewan wildlife biologist Jeffrey Lane. The following interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: How do forest animals cope with wildfire? A: The direct consequence, unfortunately, is some animals will perish. The ones we’d be worried about are the young ones. A lot of baby birds are still in the nest. Adult birds, mammals and creepy crawlies will leave the area by land, water or air.

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Southern wood pellets feed Europe’s power plants, spark environmental debate

The Advocate
July 5, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

As the European Union works to reduce carbon emissions by moving from coal-fired power plants to renewable fuel sources, countries are increasingly looking to the United States’ southern forests for part of the answer. Wood pellet mills are sprouting up across the South, including one in Bastrop, turning trees into fuel that is then shipped overseas… The industry has been touted as an environmental improvement, reducing reliance on big pollution sources like coal for so-called “biomass.” But some environmental groups across the South are skeptical, pointing to studies that question whether burning wood pellets actually reduces the release of carbon into the atmosphere. 

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