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Business & Politics

Forestry summit set to begin

Chronicle Journal
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Forestry ministers and industry leaders from across Canada will be discussing innovation and sustainability during meetings this week in Kenora and Thunder Bay. Federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford will host provincial and territorial forest ministers, industry leaders, academic and research institutions and Aboriginal community leaders at a National Forest Innovation Summit on Wednesday and Thursday in Kenora. Participants will take stock of progress made to date and discuss emerging opportunities for advancing new products and technologies to increase the competitiveness of Canada’s forest industry and create jobs.

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Major global forest market challenges, opportunities await new COFI boss

Stumpage rates, softwood lumber deal, pine beetle top list
Business in Vancouver
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Susan Yurkovich steps in as chief executive officer of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) in September, she will be returning to an industry loaded with opportunities but also facing some of the most serious challenges in its history. Yurkovich, who was named the next president of COFI in June, replaces outgoing president James Gorman. She has 20 years’ experience working in the B.C. resources sector, coming to COFI from BC Hydro, where she was vice-president responsible for the Site C dam proposal. Before that, she was vice-president of corporate affairs at Canfor Corp.

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Pinnacle plugs into the new power of wood

Vancouver company turns waste wood into lucrative new revenue stream
Business in Vancouver
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the name suggests, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. is in the energy business. But it can also be considered a forestry company, because it has created an extra link in the value-added chain for the B.C. lumber industry. Many British Columbians will remember beehive burners, which pumped tonnes of carbon and ash into the air by burning sawdust and other wood waste from sawmills. Those burners have disappeared from the B.C. landscape thanks in no small part to companies like Pinnacle, which has turned that wood waste into a commodity: compressed wood pellets.

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Recovery of B.C.’s forestry sector hits a rough patch

Market oversupply early in 2015 made prices swoon
Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The bullish hopes for a stronger recovery in B.C.’s lumber sector in 2015 ran smack into a more bearish first-quarter market, with a lot of U.S. shipments frozen out by harsh winter conditions and a slowdown in the China construction market. The results aren’t so clear in statistics on B.C. lumber shipments. But the scramble to redirect sales from an oversupplied Chinese market to the stagnant U.S. saw prices collapse low enough to trigger export taxes under the Canada U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement in April for the first time in almost two years. “This is not the forestry recovery that was hoped for,” said economist Bryan Yu in his latest B.C. Economic Briefing for Central 1 Credit Union

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Lumber Prices Begin Their Climb

Spend Matters
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Spot lumber prices, as reported by the industry publication Random Lengths, headed lower in the final months of 2014 before tumbling in the first 4months of 2015. At the end of April, spot spruce pine fir (S-P-F) 2×4 #2&Btr mill prices stood at $249 per thousand board feet (mbf). Last year in April, this figure was $367/mbf. The volatility in lumber prices can be traced back to changes in the demand and supply drivers. On the demand side, new home construction continues to present its unpredictable trend. After dipping 7.6% in quarter-over-quarter (q/q) terms in the first quarter because of weather conditions, total US housing starts are expected to grow 13.4% q/q in the second quarter. 

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Rayonier venture could add facility, jobs in Fernandina

The Fernandina Beach News Leader.
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A joint venture between Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) and Borregaard ASA of Norway might bring a new production facility and more jobs to Fernandina Beach, according to Rayonier spokesman Russell Schweiss. The area being considered for the operation is at a storage yard on a peninsula south of the Rayonier mill. RYAM is determining an access point, Schweiss said. “This will be segregated from the present facility and there will be no intellectual property exchange.”

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Coalition told: do not scare foreign investors

The Australian
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Australian Forest Products Association has become the latest industry group to back the current foreign investment laws, cautioning the government not to jeopardise the flow of overseas capital into regional agribusinesses. AFPA chief executive Ross Hampton said under the existing regime overseas buyers “have been welcome and added enormously to our ability to upscale our industry and take advantage of strong international demand for forest fibre products’’. “New owners have introduced new management strategies, new technology and led to improved efficiency of operations,’’ he said. “Although these operations have overseas owners, they are Australian-registered companies, managed and run by Australians.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tree houses: are wooden skyscrapers the future of tall buildings?

The Guardian
July 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

‘Timber towers’ might conjure up images of flammable, Jenga-like structures, but they could represent the safe and eco-friendly future of construction. …[Timber tower] designs take advantage of recent innovations in “mass wood” to create vast solid timber panels that can support buildings to a much taller height than ordinary wood can. …[Michael] Green is convinced timber is the solution, and not just because it is a low-energy material, but because it acts as a “carbon sink”. …The problem with Green’s theory is that if we dispose of or burn the timber structure at the end of the building’s life, all the sequestered carbon is released. But here too, Green has a solution: disassembly and reuse.

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Forestry

Forest fires, low reservoir levels could affect water quality

Business in Vancouver
July 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Water experts and local governments are keeping a close watch on lower than normal water levels as drought conditions continue in British Columbia. Metro Vancouver’s reservoirs are at 75% of normal as of July 6. That’s lower than usual for this time of year, and the region is now heading into a third month of very little rainfall following a warm winter that left little snow pack in the mountains to recharge streams throughout the summer. “The big challenge I’m facing is I can’t predict how long this drought is going to last and this is the big question,” said Hans Schreier, a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Food and Land Systems.

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Southeast Businesses Make A Plea to Restore Tongass Rec. Funding

Alaska Public Radio
July 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Fifty Southeast Alaska business-owners are asking Congress to give more money to the Tongass National Forest recreation program. Funding for trails, cabins and wildlife-viewing sites has declined in recent years, and tour operators worry the Forest Service won’t be able to maintain the attractions they depend on. …According to a letter a coalition of Southeast businesses sent to Congress, the amount spent on recreation in the Tongass doesn’t match up with the proportion of revenue it brings in. Ten percent of the Tongass budget goes to recreation, but half of the forest’s revenue comes from recreation.

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Forest Service national fire suppression costs could reach $1.6 billion

Sierra Star
July 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, has stated that the nationwide forecast regarding this year’s fire season shows there is a 90% chance this year’s fire suppression costs for the US Forest Service will be between $810 million and $1.62 billion. Vilsack opened a press conference last week with a plea to Congress about the continued need to re-vamp the funding structure for catastrophic-level wildfire disasters. He went on to explain that under this scenario, if the USFS were “fully funded” at the 10 year average, they would need to borrow more than $200 million from vegetation management and other fire prevention activities in order to pay for fire suppression costs this year.

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Whitebark pine conference features Crater Lake

Herald and News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The whitebark pine, a tree found at high elevation areas of Crater Lake National Park and Pelican Butte, will be the focus of the 2015 Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation’s annual meeting that will include a field trip to Crater Lake. …According to the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, one of the conference’s sponsoring groups, whitebark pine are threatened by white pine blister rust, mountain pine beetles, increasing competition from shade-loving trees because of fire suppression, and climate change. At many places where whitebark pine are found, including along rim at Crater Lake and on the lake’s Wizard Island, trees are increasingly reddening with dead foliage or look like lifeless grey skeletons.

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Kaibab National Forest looks to restore Bill Williams Mountain to pre-settlement forest conditions

Williams News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -The Kaibab National Forest has recorded 366 fires over the past 40 years in the dense forest of Bill Williams Mountain and forest supervisors say it’s just a matter of time before the residents of Williams experience a catastrophic fire in their backyard.  The solution may be near though because forest supervisors expect a late July approval of the Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The approved EIS will allow forest workers to begin restorative treatments of thinning and burning in the overgrown forest. Forest supervisors have been waiting for The Bill Williams EIS to be approved since 2012.

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Educating a Forest

Stockton manages its trees for learning, environment.
Philly.com
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The Pine Barrens surrounding Stockton University were choked with brush and a mix of trees – from white oaks and red maples to Virginia, pitch, and shortleaf pines. The conditions made for a sickly forest, vulnerable to wildfires and insect infestation, including the destructive southern pine beetle. But last week – following earlier prescribed burns to clear undergrowth – the woods along Vera King Farris Road began feeling more airy. The first of hundreds of trees came down, and sunlight again bathed the ground, making it possible for a healthier forest to take root next to the Atlantic County school.

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Forest Fires

Labatt Breweries produces water for forest fire evacuees

CBC News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

Labatt has switched from producing its best known product to help out Saskatchewan communities. The brewing company is sending 48,000 cans of emergency drinking water to CFB Cold Lake. The water will be distributed to evacuation centres and fire lines in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.  “When we learn of a need like this one, we’re ready to deliver emergency drinking water instead of beer,” said Labatt Vice-President Charlie Angelakos in a news release. “Labatt and its employees are pleased to be able to help out during this very challenging time for everyone affected by the wild fires.”

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An open letter to Minister of Forests Steve Thomson

By Bob Cole, Sproat Lake
Alberni Valley Times
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sproat Lake – The Provincial forest fire fighting budget is almost used up and it is only the second week of summer! To have two large but not very versatile aircraft fly around in circles many times before finally depositing their minimal load of retardant on the fire and then to fly away to Abbotsford or Comox for another load while the wind whipped fire grew and grew was a complete waste of money and endangered homes and lives. …It is too late to employ the Martin Mars on this fire but your ministry needs to swallow it’s pride and engage the Coulson fire-fighting equipment (Mars and Heavy lift helicopters) as soon as possible for the balance of this summer. The cost not to will be far higher than doing such in forests, homes, possibly lives and votes! 

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B.C. fires: Ontario firefighters coming in to help fight wildfires

All available crews, including contractors, are already engaged as fires continue to grow
CBC News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters from Ontario are being brought in to help fight the more than 180 wildfires burning in B.C. right now, said B.C. Forests Minister Steve Thomson. The extra crews are required because all B.C. firefighters, including 622 contractors, are already engaged across the province, said wildfire officials. “We are stretched. We have critical resource issues, and we need all the support of the public” to avoid causing more fires, Thomson said. He implored smokers to avoid throwing butts out the window and ATV riders to avoid tinder-dry areas.

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Crews making progress at Baynes Lake fire

Cransbrook Daily Townsman
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Baynes Lake wildfire is roughly 75 per cent contained and mapped at 117 hectares, as updated by the RDEK on Tuesday afternoon. However, wind is in the forecast and officials will be watching the weather carefully to respond if necessary. There is the chance of a thunderstorm system coming through the area with limited precipitation and wind gusts that could potentially be up to 60 kilometres per hour. The Baynes Lake area and the Kragmont community remain on an evacuation alert, however, officials encourage residents to be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation order is issued.

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Smoke on the water: forest fires bring haze and breathing problems to Parksville Qualicum Beach

Parksville Qualicum Beach News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The smoke and ash enveloping the Parksville Qualicum Beach region these past few days is from three blazes in the Coastal Fire Region, two on the Island and one on the Sunshine Coast. …The province announced Level 4 drought conditions for Vancouver Island on Friday and took the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures. …The Regional District of Nanaimo has closed the Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail that runs from Cameron Lake up to the old Arrowsmith ski hill. 

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‘The threat is real’; fires creep within 2 kilometres of some La Ronge homes

The Star Phoenix
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fires have crept within two kilometres of some La Ronge homes. “We’re very uncertain,” said Mayor Thomas Sierzycki, who remains in the nearby community of Air Ronge where an emergency command centre has been set up. “The threat is real.” Flames were within four kilometres of the airport, north of town, and had wrapped around the northwest side of the community Monday, he said. No buildings had burned in La Ronge or at the airport, but a structure north of the community was lost during the weekend.

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Forest fire threatens Vavenby

Clearwater Times
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As of press-time earlier this week, it appeared that a quick response by local Forest Service personnel and contractors had contained a small forest fire a few kilometers north of Vavenby. The fire was spotted Saturday afternoon, reported Richard Swift, a forest protection assistant with Clearwater Fire Zone. An Initial Attack crew (usually three-person) plus a helicopter were dispatched right away. The helicopter dropped bucketloads of water to control the fire, plus an air tanker dropped retardant.

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Jack Knox: No butts about it — It’s a fire hazard

TimesColonist
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Went to bed in Victoria on the weekend, woke up in Beijing. Jaundiced sky, ash-dusted cars, everybody choking like the Leafs in April. Eyes watering like they shot Bambi’s mother all over again. This being Vancouver Island, we blamed the usual suspects (chemtrails/ Harper/zombie apocalypse/Mount St. Helens/ Grateful Dead farewell concert) but no, it turned out to be forest-fire smoke. Not a surprise, considering the hot, dry conditions. What is a surprise is the number of people who still think it’s OK to flick their cigarette butts out the car window. 

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By the numbers: northern Sask. wildfires, July 7

All things data for north Saskatchewan’s wildfires on July 7
CBC News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfire numbers:  
7,320   Evacuees registered with the Ministry of Social Services. 
6,636  Are staying in one of Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford or Regina. 
684  Are now in Cold Lake, Alta.  
582  Year to date wildfires in Saskatchewan.

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Editorial: Water bomber is needed now

Victoria Times Colonist
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is asking for help from other provinces to fight the current epidemic of forest fires. It should not hesitate to call in the province’s most experienced firefighting veteran — the Hawaii Mars water bomber. With 866 wildfires reported so far this year, compared to 358 in 2014, the province has already exceeded its $63-million firefighting budget. As of Sunday, it had spent $87 million, and with no end in sight to the fire season, resources are being stretched. “We’re at a critical stage in our resources, depending on the number of new fire starts,” Forests Minister Steve Thomson told reporters Monday. “We need to look across the country for support. Requests are in, but those requests need to be balanced against requests from all other provinces.”

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Bomber back on the water, but province declines to order air tanker into action

Alberni Valley Times
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

After over a year of inactivity, the iconic Hawaii Mars water bomber is back on Sproat Lake in preparation for a deployment order from the provincial government. But as a nearby wildfire continues to spread across Dog Mountain, the aircraft and its ability to drop 27,200 litres of water at a time will remain on the lake until a directive comes from the province’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “It would be illegal for us to take the Mars onto a fire without approval from the government,” said Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Flying Tankers and the waters bomber’s owner, in an email to the Times this week. As of Tuesday afternoon a deployment order had not been given to fly the Mars bomber over the Dog Mountain fire, which had grown to 125 hectares in less than three days.

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Province could deploy Mars this week

‘Extraordinary situation’ by Sproat Lake leads government to reconsider aircraft 
Alberni Valley Times
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Why are the Martin Mars water bombers sitting idle on the shore of Sproat Lake? …Wayne Coulson, “The Mars has been offered to the government starting three months ago, when the government agency fire predictive models were indicating the B.C. coast was going to experience a bad wildfire season.” …But with fires spreading across the province frustrations grew that the Hawaii Mars, which is the world’s largest water bomber, was not part of the firefighting fleet. …”It would be illegal for us to take the Mars onto a fire without the approval from the government,” said Coulson. “We are as frustrated as many people in the province about the lack of support the government is giving the firefighters and the public.” 

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B.C. brings resources from Ontario, Australia as it blows fire budget

More than $90 million spent so far on forest fires as 184 fires rage across the province
Business in Vancouver
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is bringing in 60 ground-based fire fighters and 10 specialized fire-fighting personnel from Ontario to add to the 622 contracted staff currently fighting 184 fires across the province, Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said on a conference call July 7. Having already spent more than $90 million to fight fires, the province has already blown past the $63 million that it officially budgeted to fight fires in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Thompson has also made a request for Australia and New Zealand to send workers although he was not clear how many of those workers would come to the province.

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Video: Extreme weather and wild fires a strong indication of climate change

Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

We are inching closer to a tipping point in the environment that is leading to more extreme weather conditions. Lower snow packs and hot, dry summers make for ideal conditions for the kind of wild fires we are seeing now.

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Fires a sign of larger trouble

By Keith Baldrey
Burnaby Now
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

It looks like the weather is going to cost B.C. taxpayers dearly this year, but the provincial government is still only taking baby steps when it comes to dealing with what appears to be the chaotic effects of changes in climate patterns. We may be on our way to a record forest fire season, rain levels have dropped significantly and heat records are being set by the dozens. The combination of a hot, dry forest combined with what could be serious water shortages sets the stage for an explosive summer. An average year will see the government spend about $100 million fighting forest fires, even though the annual budgeted amount is set at about $63 million. But with the two hottest months still to come for the most part, we’ve already passed that budget figure. Costs could easily approach a half billion dollars before the fire season is over, and that doesn’t include related costs.

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Mandryk: Perhaps hope will rise from ashes

The StarPhoenix
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

This column shouldn’t be about what those northern fires will cost us. Premier Brad Wall’s suggestion last week that it’s already well beyond the $56 million allotted in the 2015-16 budget is all we know so far. …Finally, the closing of pulp and paper mills means there are more trees left to burn. But maybe the issue here shouldn’t so much be about the blame for the fires or how much it will cost us. Maybe it really should be about how we react to such tragedies and whether we’ll emerge from this with a better understanding of those in need – people we might have otherwise ignored. …The opportunity here is for an entire province to show how we truly do stand by each other.

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Whistler air quality deteriorates as wildfires rage across province

B.C. has already spent $80 million on firefighting efforts this year, blowing through a planned $63-million budget
Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mayor of Whistler has shut her office windows and suspended her 30-minute morning run in favour of a short walk around the block with her dog. And as the representative for a resort community known for its outdoor activities she has the unenviable job of recommending people limit their outdoor recreation to help avoid the choking smoke from area wildfires. “People are modifying their activities, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said in an interview outside municipal hall Tuesday. “It’s not a good idea to be breathing in a lot of smoke obviously.”.. A two-month jump on the wildfire season has also had a negative effect on B.C.’s logging industry. David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association, says he can’t remember seeing most of the South Coast under an extreme fire rating so early in the season.

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Fire season shaping up as one of the worst

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has spent more than $80 million so far this year battling forest fires, on a pace for one of the worst fire seasons on record. There were 27 new fire starts reported in B.C. on Sunday alone, with 184 active fires being fought across the province and nine evacuation alerts and orders in effect as of Monday affecting 800 homes. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the unusual early dry spell has provincial costs running ahead of 2003, where devastating fires at Barriere near Kamloops and in the Okanagan destroyed or damaged 238 homes and burned 12 wooden trestles in the Myra Canyon stretch of the historic Kettle Valley Railway.

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Saskatoon firefighter says forest fires intense

Lieutenant Bruce Siemens says heat melting firefighting boots
CBC News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saskatoon firefighter Lieutenant Bruce Siemens is seeing and feeling the forest fires at close range in La Ronge. …”I know one guy, we saw come out, walk out, he had his boots in his hands. He was walking in his socks because the soles of his rubber firefighting boots had melted from the heat. So they’re definitely in the thick of it.” …Siemens said there is a big difference between urban fire fighting and forest fires. In the forest, a fire can grow and split depending on how it hits lakes, or is fuelled by the wind. Embers spit from the edge of the fire spark which can spark more fires ahead of the line.  He said officials are concerned right now about the direction of the fire relative to the wind. 

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Thunder Bay fire crews head west

Chronicle Journal
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thunder Bay area fire crews are heading west to help the western provinces deal with forest fires including the massive blazes in Saskatchewan that have forced the evacuation of thousands of people. The Ministry of Natural Resources’ Thunder Bay Fire Management headquarters handles 16 fire crews, 11 in the Thunder Bay area and five in Armstrong. Fire management supervisor Garry Harland said one crew, consisting of four people, has been sent to Saskatchewan. They left on June 28 and are working in the Weyakwin area, just southwest of La Ronge.

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Wildfire near Detroit Lake 55 percent contained

Statesman Journal
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

Firefighters and emergency personnel made significant progress Tuesday in containing a 70-acre wildfire burning near Detroit. As of 1 p.m. the Niagara fire was 55 percent contained according to Rod Nichols, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Nichols said crews working the fire made serious headway during daylight hours on Tuesday by placing fire hoses throughout about 85 percent of the fire ground. The hoses enabled firefighters to extinguish hot spots as they were discovered, Nichols said.

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There’s a ‘Warm Blob’ in the Pacific and It’s Partly to Blame for BC Forest Fires, California Drought, Hurricanes

Vice News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

A mass of unusually warm water in the northeast Pacific, christened the “warm blob” by researchers, is being partially blamed for British Columbia’s forest fires, California’s drought and an unusually active hurricane season. As it wreaks havoc, the blob provides a preview of what climate change holds in store for the West Coast, according to the scientist who named it. The warm water system extends more than 1000 miles off the West Coast and up to 150 to 300 feet below the surface, with water temperatures up to 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal in the hottest spots. It’s been swirling around a stretch of ocean from Alaska to Mexico for the past two years or so, disrupting weather patterns as far away as Atlantic Canada.

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Fast-moving Idaho wildfire destroys upscale homes in resort area

Bangor Daily News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SALMON, Idaho — A fast-moving wildfire in Idaho that destroyed several upscale homes and forced 200 residents to flee prompted the governor on Monday to declare a disaster emergency that would free up federal funds to help fight the blaze. The Cape Horn fire has charred more than 2,000 acres since breaking out Sunday in a resort area in northern Idaho where there are clusters of multimillion-dollar homes on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille. “We will continue to support the impacted jurisdictions in protecting lives, property and businesses,” Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said in issuing the declaration.

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Queets rain forest fire grows sideways; 21 percent contained

Peninsula Daily News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The Queets River valley had slowed its expansion north and uphill toward Pelton Peak but continued to move to the west and east Tuesday. It remained at an estimated 1,520 acres with 21 percent containment as of Tuesday morning. The fire, about 13 miles inside Olympic National Park in the Queets rain forest, was sparked by a lightning strike around May 17 and discovered June 14. The northwest corner of the fire is “backing westward,” said Koshare Eagle, spokeswoman for the National Incident Management Organization team managing what is officially known as the Paradise Fire.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Nelson council takes next steps on solar and biomass energy projects

Nelson Star
July 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two innovative energy proposals — a district biomass heating system and a solar garden project — each moved a step forward at Monday night’s council meeting… Council also decided on actions to further Nelson Hydro’s proposed district energy system, which would heat a number of large buildings in Nelson including the Civic Centre, the community complex, the curling club, and possibly the hospital with hot water created by burning wood waste from the surrounding area. This plan has been through various versions and engineering studies by Nelson Hydro over several years. The original plan involved geothermal energy but Nelson Hydro eventually settled on biomass as a more cost effective method.

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Forest owners question emissions target

The Government’s announcement of a new greenhouse gas reduction target raises the question of how to achieve it, forest owners say.
Radio New Zealand
July 7, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The revised climate change goal is to reduce New Zealand’s emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. In 2005, New Zealand recorded its highest emission levels. Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser said that was a significant improvement on the current goal of 5 percent below 1990 emission levels by 2020. However, opposition parties and environmental groups said it translated to a reduction of only 11 percent on 1990 levels. They said the target should at least be comparable to the European Union’s overall reduction target of 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2030.

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