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Business & Politics

Wood Products Industry Revenues Rooted In Growth For 2015

Conference Board of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, – Canada’s wood products industry is benefiting from the ongoing recovery in the U.S. housing and a weaker Canadian dollar, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest outlook for Canada’s wood products industry. “The continued recovery in the U.S. housing market is supporting increased demand for Canadian wood products, leading to a 8.7 per cent increase in export volumes this year,” said Michael Burt, Director, Industrial Economic Trends, The Conference Board of Canada. “However, while production should remain strong over the next five years, growth is set to eventually slow due to timber shortages in B.C. and softer growth in demand from China.”

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Aurora Wood Pellets making headway on proposed plant in Canada

Biomass Magazine
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Four years ago, Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. began the development of a 200,000-metric-ton pellet plant in the Northwest Territories of Canada. With two Forestry Management Agreements in hand, CEO Brad Mapes hopes to purchase the site’s land this month. Mapes attributes the reason the project has spanned over the past few years to how AWP plans to source its feedstock, an increase in the size of the planned property and the government of the Northwest Territories recently pulling their land department out of their Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. “We want to harvest full logs, we’re not going to take it as a byproduct from the mills, so we’re going to debark our material and use mulching of full wood,” Mapes said. 

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West Fraser Timber: a way to play to strength in the U.S. economy

The Globe and Mail
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some may view the U.S. economy as in the midst of a “Rodney Dangerfield” recovery but perhaps the more fitting metaphor is the Energizer Bunny, given how things just keep on going and going. Throw in the U.S. dollar’s 20-per-cent climb against the loonie over the past two years and we might want to own shares in Canadian companies that sell to U.S. markets. One of the better ideas, in my opinion, is B.C.-based forest-products firm West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. In 2014, the company collected revenues of $3.9-billion in the United States (46 per cent), Canada (29 per cent) and Asia (25 per cent). It is North America’s largest and lowest-cost producer of softwood lumber (it also provides panels, newsprint and pulp). 

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Good jobs restored in Northern BC with pulp mill re-opening

Newswire.ca
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHETWYND, BC – Over one hundred good jobs in Chetwynd have been created by the re-opening of the pulp mill that was closed in July 2012. Paper Excellence Canada Holding Corporation (PE) purchased the mill from Tembec in 2014 and has been undertaking maintenance to restore operations. “We’re proud to have been a part of a process to create good resource jobs,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “BC’s pulp industry has struggled because our export policy kills Canadian jobs, but hopefully this re-opening can lead a trend in the industry.”

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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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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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Suwannee Lumber Company names James H. Langdale as CEO

Lesprom
July 7, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Suwannee Lumber Company LLC has named James H. Langdale CEO. He succeeds Frank “Bump” Faircloth, who will become Chairman of Suwannee’s Board of Directors, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.  Bump has served as CEO of Suwannee since 1992 and oversaw the growth of Suwannee from $5 million of revenue in 1992 to over $100 million in revenue in 2014.

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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

Berkeley: Council to consider tighter structural standards and inspections for balconies

San Jose Mercury News
July 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

BERKELEY — City planning and building officials are proposing a package of safety-related urgency ordinances in response to the June 16 collapse of a fifth-floor balcony at a downtown apartment complex that killed six young adults and injured seven more. A city councilman, meanwhile, is proposing tougher building and inspection standards for balconies… An inspection by Berkeley building official Alex Roshal and Senior Building Inspector Steve Messinger on June 16 found? the cantilevered joists of the balcony, at the Library Gardens at 2020 Kittredge St., completely shorn off about 16 to 20 inches from the exterior building face. The deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall appeared to be severely dry-rotted, the report stated.

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Lumber Liquidators Opens New Store In Santa Barbara Designed To Earn First LEED Certification For Company

Santa Barbara Independent
July 7, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

TOANO, Va. – Lumber Liquidators the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, has added to its growing national footprint by opening a new store in Santa Barbara, Calif. The store was designed with environmentally responsible features to earn LEED For Retail certification – a first for the Company. The 7,400-sq.-ft. facility – located at 18 S. Milpas St. – includes a warehouse and an innovative, efficient 1,690-sq.-ft. showroom that offers an extensive assortment of flooring options, moldings, accessories and tools. A variety of floors are also installed so customers can walk on different flooring styles and species.

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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

Forestry summit set to begin

Chronicle Journal
July 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, 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.  

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Delegation works to reduce Montana’s fire danger

Great Falls Tribune
July 6, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…hreats to our forests and communities from unwanted wildfire are all too real, especially to those who have lost homes, suffered damage to property or worse; not to mention, firefighters and pilots that put themselves in harm’s way to contain and control fires. These threats can be mitigated (not eliminated) by appropriate and well-designed treatments that approximate natural disturbance, such as thinning and prescribed burning. Montana’s congressional delegation is looking for ways to address the concerns and risks confronting the public and the resources they are responsible for. I commend their efforts and encourage them to work together to find ways to reduce conflict and delays.

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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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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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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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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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Sweden: Silviculture costs in large-scale forestry increased in 2014

Lesprom
July 7, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Costs for Sweden’s silviculture in large-scale forestry increased in 2014 compared to the year before, as Swedish Forest Agency reported.  Costs for Sweden’s logging in large-scale forestry were unchanged while costs for silviculture increased in 2014 compared to the year before. Of all included costs, the costs in SEK/hectares for cleaning, scarification, sowing, pre-commercial thinning and forest fertilization and liming increased. Unit costs for maintenance and new investments in forest roads and also costs in SEK/hectare for planting and costs for beeting decreased.

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Forest Fires

1,700 firefighters on duty in Alberta as temperatures rise

July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the number of wildfires burning across Alberta is down from last week, high temperatures forecast over the next few days have firefighters on alert. “It’s a little bit different than it has been over the past two weeks,” wildfire information officer Geoffrey Driscoll said Wednesday. “We have about 90 fires burning across the province right now and we were above 100 for at least 12, maybe 13 days.” However, with temperatures expected to soar in the 30s over the next couple days, Driscoll said firefighters are already on alert, putting in fireguards to prevent wildfires from spreading.

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Firefighting strategies may be contributing to larger wildfires

Globe and Mail
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lori Daniels studies forest fires in deep time, looking hundreds of years into the past. But on Tuesday, the University of British Columbia ecologist was concerned about something more immediate, as smoke billowed over the province in what is turning into a record-setting year for wildfires across much of Western Canada. …Her research is part of a growing body of evidence that supports a call for a different way of managing our forests – one that puts greater emphasis on reducing the fire hazard and less importance on the economic value of logging. Buried in the rings of trees, Prof. Daniels has found a forest fire record that stretches beyond the historic data, which only goes back about a century.

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Sechelt chief blames tree-faller’s death on lack of government action

Calvin Craigan calls on province to send water bombers to douse persistent fires
CBC News
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The death of a tree-faller who was fighting a wildfire in Sechelt, B.C., has touched off a “volatile” mood in his fire-beleaguered community. Sechelt First Nation Chief Calvin Craigan, who grew up with tree-faller John Phare, 60, said the government has not done enough to prevent fires from growing out of control near his community. “I believe that more effort by the government would have prevented that,” said Craigan. “The fellow that was killed was a good friend of mine … he was an elder volunteering … We need to see more efforts in terms of loss of life like that.”

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Focus is on safety, not dollars: Wall

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

Premier Brad Wall remains focused on the people, not the dollars, even though the province burned through its firefighting budget weeks ago. National, international and military forces have come to help combat the fire crisis in northern Saskatchewan. Wall said the province will find the money when the time comes. “First and foremost though, we’ll worry about fighting the fire, protecting people and protecting buildings and homes, and we’ll make sure we worry about the finances later,” he said. “Whatever it takes for the appropriate response, whatever it takes to protect people first, then property – buildings, value assets, as they call them. And we’ll find those dollars.”

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Saskatchewan wildfires: Canadian soldiers take crash course in firefighting

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

Hundreds of soldiers have joined the fight against Saskatchewan forest fires. Canadian Forces members with the 3rd Canadian Division streamed into Prince Albert on Monday for a crash course on firefighting. The troops are set to complete training on Wednesday morning and begin battling blazes in both Montreal Lake and La Ronge. …”First aide training, the helicopter operations and familiarization, the ability to live in austere environments — everything that comes from our general war fighting training has allowed us to greatly accelerate this training,” Eyre explained.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Haze over N.S. caused by western wildfires

Chronicle Herald
July 7, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The haze hanging over Nova Scotia arrived from the forest fires raging in Saskatchewan, as southeasterly winds blew the smoke in our direction. Only thin layers of the smoke have reached ground level in Atlantic Canada and none of the radars suggest that it could be harmful, Environment Canada says. “None of our stations at the surface are indicating anything that would be at levels where we would start to get concerned,” Bob Robichaud said.

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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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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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General

USFS: Conditions Ideal For Megafires This Summer

Capital Public Radio
July 6, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

The U.S. Forest Service is re-examining how it manages wildfires this summer. It has historically tried to let lightning-caused fires burn in remote areas as a way to reduce forest density. The hope was to keep forests, particularly in northern California, healthy. Chris Schow with the U.S. Forest Service Fire Aviation and Management Division says that way of managing wildfire probably won’t work this year. “Due to weather conditions well beyond our control, we could see another megafire,” says Schow. Those are fires that can burn hundreds of thousands of acres severely. He says the forest service is attacking all fires quickly.

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1,700 firefighters on duty in Alberta as temperatures rise

July 8, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

While the number of wildfires burning across Alberta is down from last week, high temperatures forecast over the next few days have firefighters on alert. “It’s a little bit different than it has been over the past two weeks,” wildfire information officer Geoffrey Driscoll said Wednesday. “We have about 90 fires burning across the province right now and we were above 100 for at least 12, maybe 13 days.” However, with temperatures expected to soar in the 30s over the next couple days, Driscoll said firefighters are already on alert, putting in fireguards to prevent wildfires from spreading.

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