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Daily Archives: July 9, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Disney princesses save the day for young Saskatchewan fire evacuees

Queen Elsa, Belle and Snow White are making special visits to children forced from their homes
CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles

There are currently thousands of forest fire evacuees in Saskatchewan, including children who are desperate for fun and a smile. There are also countless people in the province who just want to help. Put it together and what have you got? Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. A “magical little” children’s store in Saskatoon — called Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo — is bringing some exciting guests to children forced from their homes.

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Business & Politics

Canada-Japan Wrangle Over BC Timber Exports In TPP Talks

International Business Times
July 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations are heading to a finale, there is concern in Canada that its most protected industry, British Columbia timber is under increased pressure. Canada is also pushing for tariff reduction in other forestry markets, while Japan is targeting Canada for removal of export curbs on its precious BC logs as a matter of reciprocity. According to reports, Japan is pressing Canada to eliminate or modify curbs it has imposed on B.C. log exports, which are driving up their cost for foreign buyers… “Discussions with Japan are ongoing but have been difficult. Japan has very clearly linked the elimination of forestry tariffs to B.C. eliminating or significantly modifying log export controls,” the memo said. It also added that “efforts to delink the two continue but are becoming increasingly difficult.”

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TPP trade deal – Will restrictions on raw log exports be eliminated?

By Peter Ewart
250 News
July 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the most disturbing things about how Canada’s federal government negotiates free trade deals with other countries is the huge amount of secrecy associated with them. A case in point is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal currently being negotiated with 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including the U.S. and Japan (and which may be finalized sometime during the doldrums of this summer)… Curiously, while most Canadians, whether they are trade unionists, business people, environmentalists, First Nations, and even MPs, have been kept in almost total darkness about the negotiations, certain key media pundits appear to have been let into the “loop” by the government.

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TD donates $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for forest fire assistance in Western Canada

Stockhouse.com
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

TORONTO – TD Bank Group will donate $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of emergency assistance for communities affected by the wildfires in Western Canada. “Along with the rest of the country, we are concerned by the continuing devastation caused by these wildfires,” says Brian Gervais, Senior Vice President, Branch Banking, Prairie Region, TD Canada Trust. “Our thoughts are with the residents of Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C displaced by the wildfires. We will continue to monitor this emerging situation, and hope that through the emergency assistance of the Canadian Red Cross, this donation will give residents some immediate support.” [END]

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Timber Manufacturing To Increase In Pacific Northwest

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Oregon and southwest Washington make up one of 12 new regions accepted into the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative. The program is a federal effort to increase domestic manufacturing by “supporting the development of coordinated, long-term economic development strategies in communities,” according to Business Oregon. The U.S. Department of Commerce selected the regions based on competitive proposals. The first 12 regions were accepted last year and the Pacific Northwest was not among them. U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Prtizker said the initiative is critical to the administration’s efforts.

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Beasley Forest Products buying two Macon companies from Battle Lumber Co.

Lesprom Network
July 9, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Beasley Forest Products in Hazlehurst has agreed to buy BLC Hardwood Flooring and Wood Fiber Technologies in Macon, Macon Telegraph reported. Both of the transactions are expected to close in the next 30 to 60 days, according to a statement from Jason Delves, president of the two Macon companies, which are subsidiaries of Battle Lumber Co. BLC Hardwood Flooring makes unfinished and prefinished solid wood flooring. Wood Fiber Technologies makes wood flour that is used as a base material for composite decking and similar products, foundry molds fire logs and other products. Beasley Forest Products has hardwood sawmill operations in Georgia and Wisconsin.

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Drax Shares Plunge After U.K. Scraps Climate Levy Exemption

Bloomberg News
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Drax Group Plc, the utility converting the biggest U.K. coal station to burning wood pellets, plunged to its lowest ever after the government said clean power will have to start paying a climate-change tax. The stock tumbled 28 percent in London to the lowest since it started trading in 2005. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said renewable energy that includes power from biomass will no longer be exempt from the Climate Change Levy. He made the comments in his budget statement in Parliament on Wednesday. Drax draws government support for its plants, whose wood pellets are considered a renewable fuel. 

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Sue Smith resigns from Tasmanian Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry

Tasmania’s top independent forestry advisor to the State Government has quit, three weeks after being gagged by the Resources Minister.
ABC News, Australia
July 8, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Council members were banned from speaking to the media after Mrs Smith publicly called for Forestry Tasmania to be dismantled and its assets sold. Just two days later the Resources Minister Paul Harriss said Mrs Smith had reversed her position and supported retaining Forestry Tasmania. Mr Harriss announced Mrs Smith’s departure this morning and denied he had earlier misrepresented her views when he suggested she had changed her mind on Forestry Tasmania.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Luxor Commences Manufacturing Architectural Wood Products for Woodtone Industries

Global Newswire
July 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER– Luxor Industrial Corporation is pleased to announce that it has commenced manufacturing architectural wood products for Woodtone Industries based in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Luxor has received orders for 788 units of knee-braces and 400 units of corbels. Typically these products used in residential construction are manufactured from lumber; Luxor is using engineered wood products, namely glulam beams. Luxor has developed an expertise in fabricating engineered wood products for uses in wood frame construction and now is utilizing this expertise to fabricate architectural wood products. 

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The New Green Building Trend is Bricks of Cannabis. Really.

Time Network
July 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Builders are using cannabis “not in joints but between joists.” The jokes about homes “going up in smoke” are inevitable. But the truth is that one of the reasons the cannabis-based building material called hempcrete is gaining acceptance in home construction is that it’s entirely fireproof. As a recent New York Times story reported, hempcrete has been used as a building material in Europe for decades, and lately it’s been incorporated in more homes and offices in the U.S. A small group of hemp entrepreneurs envisions a time very soon when hempcrete will be totally mainstream. Hempcrete is made with the wood-like interior part of a Cannabis plant, which resemble the look and feel of balsa chips.

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Clark part of regional manufacturing effort

The Columbian
July 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Southwest Washington counties and communities are included in a new federal designation intended to encourage manufacturing in the wood products industry, the Department of Commerce announced this week. The designation of an area encompassing 16 counties that extends beyond Eugene, Ore., falls under a federal program called the Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative, or IMAP for short. The Department of Commerce selected the Pacific Northwest region as one of a dozen regions nationwide for the designation. The program is intended to help communities create long-term economic development strategies for increasing manufacturing.

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Green light for timber housing tower

Construction Enquirer
July 9, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Plans for a six-storey housing block made of timber have been approved for Wimbledon town centre. The fifteen apartments, three townhouses and a commercial unit at street level will be constructed using CLT (Cross Laminated Timber). Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said the design had to incorporate lightweight construction materials due to a London Underground tunnel located directly under the site. Construction is due to start on site later this year with completion due by mid 2017. END OF STORY

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Flooring Market is Expected to Reach US$ 391.38 Bn in 2023: Transparency Market Research

CMO
July 8, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled “Flooring Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 – 2023.”
According to the report, the global flooring market was valued at US$ 214.29 Bn in 2014 and is anticipated to reach US$ 391.38 Bn in 2023, expanding at a CAGR of 7.0% between 2015 and 2023. In terms of volume, the market stood at 16,419.2 million square meters in 2014. Flooring products are among the most important building materials. Flooring is a versatile market with a wide product portfolio. 

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Forestry

Big loss of bird habitat in Saskatchewan wildfires

CBC News
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fires raging in Saskatchewan are forcing people from their homes, and it turns out, birds as well. Close to 400,000 hectares of forest have burned. Bird expert Trevor Herriot says most birds simply fly away. The problem comes for birds who were nesting during the fire. He said the big loss of forest habitat will likely affect some larger birds, including bald eagles, hawks and ospreys whose young may not have been old enough to fly. Wood warblers, fly catchers, sparrows and thrushes also may be affected. “For now, and for this year, the birds that were nesting in those areas, some of them would have abandoned nests. 

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Agriculture and Forestry leave sizable footprint

PR Record Gazette
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute released two reports on June 29 presenting data on the current condition of biodiversity in both the Upper and Lower Peace regions. “The purpose is to provide detailed data on the extent of our human footprint and the health of biodiversity,” said Tara Narmani, communications manager for ABMI. Biodiversity is a broad definition. It encompasses all living things in a particular ecosystem and explores how individual species differ from one another. Put simply: biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. “The simplest thing — any transformation of the landscape (even temporary things) — can place biodiversity at risk in one way or another,” said Narmani. “Human footprint is a key driver for change in biodiversity.”

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SFI progress report marks 20 years of leadership in forest certification

Millar Western
July 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has just released its 2015 progress report, “Growing our Future”, which traces its journey to becoming one of the top forest certification programs in the world. Founded by the American forest industry, SFI is now a fully independent organization, governed by a three-chamber board reflecting the environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainability.  As the report documents, SFI is today the single largest certification standard in the world and has consistently gained more certified forest area than any other forest management standard in North America since 2000. 

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High hopes and tensions surround nation’s biggest forest restoration project

E & E Publishing
July 8, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — …Jason Rosamond, owns the [Lumberjack Sawmill] as CEO of Good Earth Power AZ… Rosamond is doggedly optimistic, even though everyone from local logging companies to Sen. John McCain is goading him to accomplish what is widely acknowledged to be a very hard job. Good Earth Power is a major cog in the wheel of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI, a massive public-private partnership with the U.S. Forest Service aiming to restore 2.4 million acres of northern Arizona’s forests. It is the largest forest restoration project in Forest Service history, an effort borne of years of planning and negotiations among dozens of groups here in northern Arizona.

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Brazil’s Amazon wilderness at risk from organised crime

BBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

No country has done more than Brazil in recent years to tackle the previously rampant levels of deforestation but there is a good reason the agents have their guns drawn – we have seen statistics which show that rates of Amazon destruction are again on the rise. There are big profits to be made from illegal logging and the fraudulent clearing of rainforest for valuable cash crops and these helicopter patrols are often shot at. Trying to locate illegal logging operations in the midst of this dense jungle from the air is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

‘Get with it’ on climate change: Federal politicians take beating at climate summit as premiers call for action

National Post
July 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Federal leaders across North America need to “get with it” and tackle climate change from the top. That was the message from California Governor Jerry Brown, Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Wednesday at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto. The event, which includes representatives from across the continent but none from the federal government, is being framed as a precursor to the UN-led climate summit in Paris this December. …Brown said Prime Minister Stephen Harper “ought to be reexamining what he’s doing.” “Canada has a long way to go, as does the United States, as does everybody. It’s not about pointing fingers because we’d have to point to ourselves,” Brown said. “We’ve got a lot to do, but some people aren’t even on board to know that. 

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Green energy sector attacks chancellor’s changes to climate change levy

July 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

George Osborne has infuriated green energy producers and campaigners with a £910m-a-year raid on the renewable energy sector by changing a climate change levy (CCL) at the same time as providing more fiscal help for North Sea oilfields. RenewableUK, the lobby group, said the changes would cost green energy producers around £450m in the current financial year, and up to £1bn by 2020-2021… Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, described the budget as a “serious blow for the fight against climate change”, while Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times.

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Drivers fill up on ‘Brewtroluem’ a beer-based biofuel

The beer fuel creates nearly ten per cent less carbon dioxide than regular petrol
The Independent
July 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand drivers can now fill up their cars with a biofuel made from beer by-products. Brewtroleum is, its makers say, cleaner than normal petrol or diesel. Created by Gull fuel and DB Export brewers, Brewtroleum is made from ethanol which has been extracted from yeast left over from local beer brewing and normal fuel. It is the first commercial fuel in the world to be made using brewing by-products and creates up to eight per cent less carbon dioxide than regular fuel, according to Gull… To make 300,000 litres of the biofuel it takes 30,000 litres of ethanol which is extracted from 58,000 litres of yeast slurry that would otherwise be thrown away or given to farm animals.

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Green energy sector attacks chancellor’s changes to climate change levy

July 9, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

George Osborne has infuriated green energy producers and campaigners with a £910m-a-year raid on the renewable energy sector by changing a climate change levy (CCL) at the same time as providing more fiscal help for North Sea oilfields. RenewableUK, the lobby group, said the changes would cost green energy producers around £450m in the current financial year, and up to £1bn by 2020-2021… Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, described the budget as a “serious blow for the fight against climate change”, while Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times.

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Largest biomass power plant in the UK gets green light

IHB The Timber Network
July 8, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Macquarie Group Ltd., the Australian investment bank, is helping Britain’s MGT Power Ltd. raise financing for a 650 million-pound (EUR 908 million) biomass power plant in Teeside, northeast England, Bloomberg reported. Macquarie will provide equity and help MGT raise debt for the 299-megawatt plant, the Sydney-based company said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. Financing is expected to be complete this year… The project will use sustainably forested wood pellets and chips transported mostly from the United States and Europe, and will have up to 82% lower carbon emissions than typical coal and gas-fired plants.

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Forest Fires

Ontario sending firefighters and equipment to fight wildfires in B.C.

Canadian Press
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

Big hills and bigger mountains are the most significant difference for a team of Ontario firefighters as they start work in British Columbia today. The group of 70, sent to B.C. by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources on Tuesday to help fight wildfires, are facing a much different terrain than their usual Ontario landscape. A ministry official says while the mountainous terrain provides challenges for the Ontario firefighters, it shouldn’t be a problem for them. …Kevin Skrepnek says the Ontario team is in Abbotsford, B.C., and the majority will be sent to the western part of the province, including Vancouver Island.

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Is There a Case to be Made for Letting Canada’s Wildfires Burn?

Huffington Post
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

As climate change is fingered as a culprit behind the early rash of forest fires across Northern and Western Canada, experts say the most prudent approach at this stage is to, whenever possible, let the fires burn. It’s a grim situation. But those studying the issue say the human toll of wildfire needs to be balanced against the reality that vulnerable forests are going to burn either way — especially given the mounting pressures presented by climate change. “The question becomes, if we’ve got areas where fire can burn, the most responsible thing to do ecologically, fiscally and for long-term health is to let those fires burn,” said Toddi Steelman, executive director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Ecology North gets $130K to study health costs of forest fire smoke

‘[Climate change] hits people in the pocket book,’ says Craig Scott of Ecology North
CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

An environmental non-profit group based in Yellowknife has received $130,000 from Health Canada to study the costs of forest fire smoke on N.W.T.’s health care system. Ecology North received money for the study from Health Canada’s Program for Climate Change and Health Adaptation in Northern First Nation and Inuit Communities. “[Climate change] hits people in the pocket book and government in the pocket book,” says Craig Scott, the project’s manager. “There’s very little scientific research in terms of how forest fire smoke impacts people’s health.”

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Messages for our Firefighters

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

The BC Provincial Government has created a message board in their website providing British Columbians with a way to thank and support the brave firefighters for their efforts. Not only are residents writing in, fire fighters are also using the message board to post their thanks and comments to the communities in which they are working. Take a moment to voice your thanks.

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Frequency and intensity of West Kootenay forest fires spiking

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

Kootenay climate scientists are warning that the West Kootenay could be reduced to grasslands by the 2080s due to the growing number of forest fires and intense weather events caused by climate disruption. According to the report “Climate Change and Area Burned: Projections for the West Kootenays”, West Kootenay residents can expect quadruple to quintuple the average of area burned by forest fires within the next half decade. “By the time you get to the 2050s the projections are off the chart. It scares the Hell out of me. The only good part of the story is I’ll be gone by then,” said one of the report’s authors, Greg Utzig. A Nelson resident, Utzig is a conservation ecologist and land use planning consultant.

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Les Leyne: Little progress in fire-danger reduction

Victoria Times Colonist
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

With nine evacuation orders or alerts issued recently due to wildfire threats, it’s worth recalling the independent Forest Practices Board’s recent report on reducing the danger in the interface zone between residences and the wilderness. The board released a special investigation in May that found despite years of work on the hazard since the Kelowna fires of 2003, “most communities in B.C. remain vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire.” …The board said much work has been done, with new programs and new resources. But over the past 10 years, only 10 per cent or less of the hazardous forest fuels have been treated. It noted that fire experts have warned “in the event of a mega fire, residents cannot rely on suppression resources to protect communities.”

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Has the province followed through on wildfire recommendations?

News 1130 AM
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER  – The wildfire season is on track to be one of the worst on record in the province, with crews struggling to stay ahead of flames eating through our forests and threatening hundreds of homes across BC. But could the government be doing more to protect our communities? After the “summer of fire” in 2003, the Filmon Firestorm Report made dozens of recommendations for changes to BC’s wildfire strategy. “Some have become part of provincial policy,” says Associate Professor Lori Daniels with UBC’s Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. “In some ways we have acted very well, but in other ways we still have a long way to go.”

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The battle for La Ronge: Soldiers join desperate fight to save endangered community from fire

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

…By Tuesday night, [the fire] surrounded the La Ronge airport on three sides. …Just to the north, ski trails and campgrounds have gone up in smoke. And the flames need only to advance a two minute drive to the south before they would start tearing through subdivisions. …Cheers and honks greeted Canadian soldiers as they streamed into Prince Albert, SK in a long convoy of olive green pickup trucks, G wagons and armoured personnel carriers. …The fear, of course, is that La Ronge could become the next Slave Lake. It was only four years ago that high winds pushed flames deep into the centre of the Alberta town, roaring over firebreaks with ease. Within hours, more than one third of the community was gone.

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One-month deal revives Martin Mars water bomber

Victoria Times Colonist
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A one-month agreement to bring the Martin Mars water bomber out of retirement has been reached, the province said Wednesday. The airtanker could begin fighting the Dog Mountain forest fire by this weekend, Steve Thomson, minister of FLNRO said in a statement. “Given the extraordinary fire situation this year, and recognizing that public safety is paramount, we need to look at every possible tool in our toolbox,” Thomson said. The Martin Mars has not fought forest fires for two years and will require maintenance before it is safe to fly. The Coulson Group, which owns the Port Alberni-based aircraft, is preparing it for service.

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Wildfire spreads on Dog Mountain near Port Alberni

TimesColonist
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire on Dog Mountain near Port Alberni spread to 245 hectares on Wednesday, far greater than the 96 hectares it covered on Monday. Firefighters are facing challenges dealing with heavy forest and steep terrain, said Ellie Dupont, a fire-information officer for B.C.’s Coastal Fire Centre. The fire has sent large trees tumbling down the slope into Sproat Lake. Meanwhile, the smoke has limited visibility, affecting firefighting efforts, Dupont said. The Dog Mountain fire is one of 87 human-caused fires in the coastal zone since April.

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Saskatchewan First Nation sets up ‘Rez Cross’ wildfire evacuation centre

Beardy’s & Okemasis wants to help some of the thousands forced out of forest fire zone
CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A First Nations reserve in the middle of Saskatchewan has opened its own wildfire evacuation centre, one that’s not being run by the Red Cross. Over the past three weeks, thousands of evacuees, many of them aboriginal people, have been forced to leave their homes in northern communities. Most of them have been staying at Red Cross emergency shelters in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert. 

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Saskatchewan wildfires could burn until fall

CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The fires burning in northern Saskatchewan could burn until the first snowfall, according to researchers. Kerry Anderson, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, said the weather pattern known as El Nino, which is caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America, is responsible. He expects weather conditions will settle down in Saskatchewan in the coming weeks, but warmer than normal temperatures will likely persist in B.C. and Alberta.

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Dozens of aircraft dropping water, flame retardant

Water bombers, helicopters being used in battle against wildfires
CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While thousands of feet are on the ground fighting wildfires, dozens of aircraft are also involved in the battle.  At one point, 50 helicopters had been deployed against northern Saskatchewan forest fires. The Ministry of the Environment has also been using its water bomber fleet, which can drop about 5,000 litres at a time. Other provinces, including Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, have also been lending their water bombers to Saskatchewan.

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B.C. fires: Sechelt community rallies support for firefighters following death of local tree-faller

CBC News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. community of Sechelt is holding a breakfast and dinner in memory of the local tree-faller John Phare who died while helping battle one of the many wildfires raging in the province. Selina August, a member of the Sechelt Indian Band who organized the meals, says it’s the community’s way of also thanking all the firefighters around the province who are putting their lives on the line to fight the blazes. “The entire community wants to help but there’s no way that we can because there’s danger areas that we’re not allowed to enter,” she says. 

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Forest fire near Cedarvale forces Hwy 16 closure

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

A forest fire at Cedarvale, 59 kilometres east of Terrace, has caused the closure of Hwy16. “The fire is visible from the highway and the RCMP have closed the highway in both directions,” says Northwest Fire Centre official Olivia Pojar. She said two air tankers are en route to provide fire retardant support at the 0.2 hectare fire and 10 firefighters are on scene, having been helicoptered in. Traffic is stopped at Kitwanga and west of Cedarvale. The closure is a precaution, said Pojar. “It’s very dry, and any fires that start right now have a tendency to spread quickly,” she said. [END]

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Lightning sparks a few small fires

Herald and News
July 9, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Lightning has again sparked small wildfires in the local area with additional storms expected later this week. According to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP), 20 wildfires occurred Sunday and Monday due to lightning strikes, primarily in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, where 10 fires were located. Other fires were found in areas controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Forestry. …According to a Tuesday press release from SCOFMP, temperatures will begin cooling by Wednesday to normal seasonal highs, though additional thunderstorms are expected throughout the week.

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What happens when wildfire meets permafrost in Alaska?

Grist.org
July 8, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

You don’t need a PhD in geochemistry to know that fire and ice don’t play nice together. You do, however, need a degree or two to figure out what the hell that means for Alaska — the icy wonderland currently being engulfed by wildfires. It would be especially nice to know what all that fire is doing to the state’s permafrost — you know, the carbon-stuffed soil that’s supposed to stay frozen all year long (which it may or may not) and probably will contribute somehow to climate change once it starts melting.

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