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Daily Archives: July 20, 2015

Business & Politics

‘We shouldn’t have been running the mill that week,’ inquest hears

Prince George Citizen
July 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — A former Babine Forest Products employee described to a coroner’s inquest Friday a “chaotic” situation in the days immediately before the explosion that destroyed the Burns Lake sawmill and killed two workers. …Archie Alec, who was a chipper attendant at the mill, said a cold snap had descended on the community of 2,000 people, 225 kilometres west of Prince George, and it had become a struggle to operate the facility as a result. Alec worked in the mill’s basement where he was primarily responsible for unplugging conveyors when they became clogged with debris.

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Mill conditions changed after Hampton takeover: employee

Prince George Citizen
July 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — Conditions at Babine Forest Products “totally changed” after production shifts were extended, a longtime employee told a Friday coroner’s inquest into the explosion that destroyed the sawmill and killed two workers. In an effort to boost production, management had increased the weekday time devoted to processing lumber at the mill by 20 hours per week, with employees on the morning and afternoon shifts working 10 hours per day, up from the previous eight. The change made a big difference in terms of dealing with debris and maintaining the machinery, Claude Briere told the inquest.

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Northern Pulp mill not off the hook despite clear air, Pictou group says

Precipitator installed to reduce emissions at Northern Pulp mill to be finalized Oct. 16
CBC News
July 20, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Even though the smell and smog spewing out of Northern Pulp has faded this summer, a Pictou activist group remains skeptical the pulp mill’s emissions will stay out of their lungs for long. “It’s not a big issue in the town of Pictou any more, except for the people who comment, ‘Oh isn’t this nice we can breathe today and the sun is shining with blue sky and blue water,'” said Anne Emmett of Clean the Mill. “So the issue has sort of died, but we certainly know underneath this is nowhere near the end of it.” Emmett’s group aggressively lobbied the provincial government last summer, prompting a series of promises from Premier Stephen McNeil and Environment Minister Randy Delorey.

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Canadian official urges veto of California forest products bill

Canada’s consul general in San Francisco is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a bill that would set preferences for wood products that meet California’s environmental standards when the wood is being procured for a state project.
The Capital Press
July 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO — A Canadian trade official is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a forest products bill that has so far sailed through the Legislature with unanimous support.  The bill by Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, would require that contractors building state road signs, guard rails and other projects procure their wood from sources that comply with California’s environmental laws when prices and quality are equal. Cassie Doyle, the Canadian consul general in San Francisco, said the bill sets a bad precedent considering that California and Canada are parties to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement, which aims to provide trading partners with greater access to procurement markets.

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Bill Shorten urged to show mettle on China

The Australian
July 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Bill Shorten faces a test of leadership over the China-Australia free-trade agreement (ChAFTA), and must declare whether he will continue to support the jobs-generating deal or be swayed by a ­“racist’’ militant-union scare campaign, the government says. Trade Minister Andrew Robb’s challenge to the Opposition Leader comes as the business community calls on Labor to condemn a co-ordinated assault on the multi-billion-dollar trade being led by the party’s left-wing industrial base and urges Labor not to “turn away’’ from ChAFTA because of a campaign designed to “stoke fear in the community’’.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Convert grain elevators into people spaces, architecture grad says

CBC News
July 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thousands of grain elevators have met the wrecking ball but an architecture graduate with Prairie roots envisions new uses for the iconic structures. Instead of tearing grain elevators down, Ali Piwowar suggests converting them into spaces for people. …Today, Piwowar estimates there are around 400 such elevators remaining with only 80 in working order.  “We need to stop being OK with them coming down,” Piwowar said. 

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Montreal’s ash trees find new nautical life

Montreal Gazette
July 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Trees felled by emerald ash borer beetles have found new life as a sailboat for Montreal youth. In a joint initiative between the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough and the Jeunes Marins Urbains, an organization that promotes social inclusion through naval-based projects, wood from infected trees is being used to build a 7.6-metre sailing-rowing boat to be used on the St. Lawrence River. “They are going to use (the boat) to teach other teenagers how to sail in the water of the St. Lawrence, so it is a demonstration of how we can recycle, reuse and redevelop things in a constructive way,” N.D.G. Councillor Lionel Perez said.

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Green and intelligent buildings market to surge owing to high demand for energy conservation

WhaTech.com
July 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Indiscriminate use of natural and exhaustible resources in the past has adversely impacted the ecological balance of the world. This has raised concern worldwide due to the impact of global warming. Growing awareness regarding the need for preserving ecological balance has exponentially expanded the market for green and intelligent buildings constructions. Browse: Green and Intelligent Buildings Market What are Green Buildings? Green and intelligent buildings are structures constructed using environmentally responsible processes. These buildings remain resource-efficient throughout their life-cycle, commencing from their design to construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation to deconstruction. 

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Bosley explosion: Four missing in Wood Flour Mills blast

BBC News
July 18, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Rescuers searching for four people missing after an explosion devastated a mill are focusing on two areas identified by sniffer dogs. The four-storey Wood Flour Mills in Bosley, near Macclesfield in Cheshire, collapsed after the blast on Friday.
Some areas are still alight while dogs have been used to help search for the three missing men and one woman. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were also working to protect what could potentially be a crime scene.

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Forestry

Cowichan anxious to solve a drying river

TimesColonist
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cowichan Tribes Chief Chip Seymour has watched the once robust Cowichan River reduced to a mere stream. Drought conditions are stranding salmon fry in warm pools, he said, and hampering mature chinook from completing their spring run up to Cowichan Lake… A long-term solution seems desperate. But stakeholders say one has already been identified: Raise the weir… The weir, owned and operated by Catalyst Paper, controls the river’s flow out of the Cowichan Lake. But conditions have changed since its 1956 construction, Hunter said.

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Grizzly bear attack near Bella Bella, B.C., ends with kick to the face

CBC News
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An engineer with a Vancouver logging company thought he was going to die yesterday as a mother grizzly bear tore the flesh of his arm and back, and tried to throw him in the air. But George Knoll, 41, survived thanks to quick thinking, his work boots and luck. Knoll, who works with A&A Trading, had been walking through the bush, flagging trees for logging along a creek at Burke Channel near Bella Bella, on B.C.’s Central Coast. At about 8:30 a.m. PT, he looked up and saw a mother grizzly bear and her cub. Because of the sound of the rushing water, he hadn’t heard the bear and her cub approach through the bush — nor had the bear heard him — until they were just six metres apart. “I knew I was in trouble, because of the cub,” said Knoll from his hospital bed in Vancouver Friday.

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Spruce budworm eating its way through northeastern Ontario forests

It may be hard to believe that this insect is a natural part of the forest ecosystem, Backroads Bill explains
CBC News
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Spruce budworm infestation is on its way and it appears to be entering a new outbreak phase in northeastern Ontario, according to CBC Sudbury’s backroads adventurer Bill Steer. The Spruce budworm is the most destructive pest of spruce and fir forests in North America, notes Steer. The larvae are wasteful feeders as they only eat partial needles and then move on to other needles. Steer’s research shows the last outbreak in Ontario peaked at about 18 million hectares in 1981. It may be hard to believe that this insect is a natural part of the forest ecosystem. And another wave is coming. How do the scientists know?

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Pandora moths return to forests of central Oregon

Longview Daily News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Pandora moths have taken flight again in the pine forests of Central Oregon. Andy Eglitis, an entomologist for the Deschutes National Forest, has been getting calls about moth encounters in the woods and in Bend, The Bend Bulletin reported. He believes there has been a resurgence in their population this summer, but it hasn’t yet reached outbreak levels. The last big outbreak was in the 1990s, when hundreds of moths crowded on buildings around Bend.

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Guest Commentary: Forest Service work is exhaustive

The Denver Post
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Re: “Restore our forests the right way,” July 5 guest commentary. Greg Aplet and Jim Furnish wrote that the Resilient Federal Forests Act doesn’t do what’s needed to restore Colorado’s national forests. In their view, the cumbersome, bureaucratic process whereby the U.S. Forest Service attempts to implement needed projects by preparing to defend them in court is just fine, no matter how much time — or money — it takes. Surely, Furnish and Aplet know what the Government Accountability Office found in 2014: The Forest Service does more exhaustive analysis and collaboration than any other federal agency.

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Soapbox: Empower Forest Servicesupport Forests Act

The Coloradoan
July 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Yet the U.S. Forest Service can only do so much to increase the pace and scale of projects that restore the natural resiliency of our national forests and watersheds. With much of our forests, unnaturally dense, overgrown or overtaken by insects, the agency often lacks the resources and flexibility to move quickly and implement critical forest health projects. That’s why the Forest Service and collaboratives throughout Colorado and the West would benefit from a solution now moving through the House of Representatives. The Resilient Federal Forests Act (HR 2647) will help expedite and improve forest management activities on federal forests by giving the Forest Service new tools to increase management activities.

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Editorial: Forest bill should pass the Senate

The Bend Bulletin
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It isn’t law yet, but the U.S. House of Representatives took the first step in that direction earlier this month when it approved House Resolution 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015. …Forest health would improve if the measure becomes law. It it easier to reduce the threat posed by insect infestation and disease, as well as to use thinning and other means to improve forest health. And, it rewards collaborative efforts to improve forest health, such as those of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project. Equally important, the bill would bring some much-needed logic to the way the U.S. Forest Service and others pay to fight the inevitable wildfires.

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Portland talks green, but ignores the value of trees (OPINION)

By Robert McCullough
The Oregonian
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As a community activist, I am often asked how the city’s policies have drifted so far from our basic values… Neighbors in southeast are currently engaged in a desperate attempt to save a stand of heritage trees — giant sequoias that have dominated the vista near Reed College for the past 150 years. In doing so, they only have one tool — greenmail — to buy the property back from a developer who had planned to clear-cut the site. Appeals to the city went unanswered. The city’s tree code — requiring experts and lawyers to interpret — is basically impotent where developers are concerned. The responsible city commissioner did not answer calls, letters or emails. This is wrong, both politically and scientifically. 

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Forest bill will allow more clear cuts without benefits (OPINION)

By Michael C. Blumm
The Oregonian
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial board on July 5 gave a full-throated endorsement of proposed federal forest legislation that would shred the Northwest Forest Plan — the two-decades-old plan, promulgated in 1994, that remains the foremost national (perhaps international) example of an ecosystem management plan. It covers 24 million acres of federal forestlands in northern California, Oregon and Washington. The plan, which governs federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land plans like the Oregon and California (O&C) lands currently undergoing revision, ended an era of industrial management of federal forests on both Forest Service and BLM lands. The pre-1994 era was a sorry one, with overharvests of O & C lands commonplace, bringing on endangered species listings and widespread water quality degradation from which the federal forests have yet to recover. 

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Letter: DeFazio supports Resilient Federal Forests Act

Good forestry is essential
The News-Review
July 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This letter is to thank U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio for voting in favor of the Resilient Federal Forests Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 9. DeFazio deserves credit for breaking ranks with party leadership and joining 18 other Democrats in supporting this bill to restore the health of federally-owned forests. As a representative of Douglas County in Congress, DeFazio understands the pendulum has swung too far toward the non-management of national forests and O&C timberlands. DeFazio’s vote isn’t just an example of political courage, it’s a vote to help put people back to work, while reducing the threats of wildfire, insects and disease in our federal forests.

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Applaud Schrader’s efforts on federal forest management

Letter to the editor
Statesman Journal
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rep. Kurt Schrader deserves our thanks for working across the aisle to pass the Resilient Federal Forests Act through the U.S. House. Despite opposition from far-left special interest groups and his own party leadership, Schrader supported legislation to give the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management policy and legal tools to restore the health of federal forests in Oregon and throughout the country. Schrader understands that active management is critical to reducing the risks of catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease in our forests and watersheds.

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Arkansas Forestry Commission’s nursery program fills niche for landowners big and small

Arkansas On-line
July 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When I heard the conversation among the landowners’ family members, my mind immediately rewound to the 1990s. Then, I was a nontraditional student at Arkansas State University-Beebe, returning to college life after a switch in my major and some time in the real world doing that four-letter word — work. Now, back to the present, where I am a caretaker on a farm in southeast Arkansas. That’s where I heard the plight of some of the timber found on the family’s farm. Standing water in one area of hardwood timber had repeatedly been slow to drain from the landscape and into the borrow ditch adjacent to the wooded ground. The result was oaks, hickories and native pecans suffering from prolonged exposure to high water.

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Forestry strategy and the Nelson spirit

Time to reconsider reliance on pine forestry.
Nelson Mail
July 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…What will happen to this block? Will it be replanted in pinus radiata or another similar monocrop, for a final throw of the fertility dice? Will it be managed by neglect, become yet another hill on which a devil’s brew of wildling pine and noxious species such as Himalayan Balsam and Old Man’s Beard will flourish unchecked? Surely it is common experience to glance up at these surrounding hills, and sigh. They dominate the landscapes, and give the lie to our proud claims to love our land. We cannot continue this failed experiment in forestry. It was never going to work in the long run. Many of us knew this from the start.

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Environment group wins battle to protect habitat for threatened powerful, sooty, masked owls

ABC News, Australia
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Government has agreed to set aside 2,000 hectares of forest in East Gippsland to help protect three threatened species of owl. Environment East Gippsland took legal action against the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and state-owned VicForests over the issue. An agreement was reached on Friday between the parties before the case was scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court. Environment East Gippsland’s Jill Redwood said it was a “fairly significant” win for the threatened Sooty, Masked and Powerful Owls.

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Rare ferns, rainforest species found in Victorian forest earmarked for logging, environment group says

ABC News, Australia
July 20, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rare ferns and rainforest species have been discovered in a part of the Eastern Victoria region that is earmarked for logging, according to an environment group. The Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) has been running citizen science camps to map the biodiversity of the remote Kuark Forest, outside of Orbost in East Gippsland. In an unreleased report given exclusively to the ABC, GECO said it had made a number of significant finds. GECO spokesman Ed Hill said he and a group of volunteers who surveyed the Kuark forest in April found a bristly shield fern, which has never been documented in East Gippsland before.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

A burning question (radio)

ABC News, Australia
July 19, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Burning native timber for renewable energy could prop up an ailing native forest industry, but the forests could earn millions in carbon credits if they’re not logged. Both options are hotly disputed and the argument opens a new front in the long running and politically-charged ‘forest wars’. Gregg Borschmann investigates.

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Former Gunns boss Greg L’Estrange warns new biomass industry needs a ‘social licence’

ABC News, Australia
July 20, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The former head of Gunns believes Tasmanian politicians and the forest industry need to heed the lessons of the past if any new biomass industry is going to attract investment. Greg L’Estrange told ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing program he was not confident there had been enough change since the demise of the timber company and the mothballing of its $2.5 billion Tamar Valley pulp mill. The pulp mill project, which is being offered for sale by the company’s receivers, faced significant community opposition, with many arguing the project failed to gain a “social licence”.

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Forest Fires

Soldiers wrap up operations in Saskatchewan wildfire zone

With forest fire situation improving, Canadian Forces redeploying on Monday
CBC News
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

In another sign Saskatchewan’s wildfire situation is abating, the Canadian Armed Forces are winding down their operations today. About 1,000 troops have been on the fire lines and in support roles, putting out hot spots, moving hoses and performing other chores. Although there are still about 100 fires burning in the province’s north, rain and cooler weather has allowed civilian fire crews to make progress managing them. On Sunday, the federal government said it has decided to redeploy troops out of the fire zones following consultations between the provincial government, Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Crews ‘making progress’ on northern Sask. wildfires

100 forest fires are burning as of Sunday morning
CBC News
July 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


One hundred fires continue to burn in northern Saskatchewan, but government officials say the immediate risk to communities has dissipated. Steve Roberts of the Wildfire Management Branch said crews are making progress on many of the fires, including the fire that burned a number of homes in Montreal Lake. And although 200 members of the military returned home Saturday, he said there are still 1,250 firefighters on the front lines. The crews are being supported by 60 helicopters and 13 air tankers. Deputy Premier Don McMorris highlighted how the work by Armed Forces members played a big role in stabilizing and putting out the wildfires.

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B.C. fires: a former firefighter’s perspective

Former seasonal firefighter remembers his 9 seasons in the bush
CBC News
July 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


Thousands of seasonal wildfire fighters are on the ground felling trees and digging ditches as they struggle to contain the wildfires ravaging British Columbia. Noel Hendrickson spent nine seasons fighting wildfires for the province in the 1990s. “As a firefighter, we loved fire. It was what we wanted to do,” Hendrickson said. “We were heavily trained and we wanted to practice what we were trained in.” He and his colleagues would work through the night in the blistering heat to help protect homes.

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Dog Mountain neglect will not be forgotten

Alberni Valley Times
July 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a week of suffering severely smokey conditions from a growing wildfire by Sproat Lake, the apearance of the Martin Mars water bomber that passed over Port Alberni last Thursday was miraculous to many Valley residents. Commonly publicized but rarely seen airborne, the massive white and red aircraft undertook its test flight as cheers came from the streets below. With the ability to drop more water than any other air tanker in the world, the community’s savior had returned to finally put out the Dog Mountain blaze like the Mars had done so many times before… But nothing offered so far by the province’s wildfire authorities has be able to explain an issue that became painfully ironic to Sproat Lake residents. They watched the Mars bomber sit idle by Sproat’s water as a fire continued to grow out of control by that same lake’s shores.

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By the numbers: northern Sask. forest fires, July 18

CBC News
July 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfire numbers:
9: Decrease in number of burning wildfires, as of Saturday, July 18.
1: New wildfires since Friday, July 17.
103: Active wildfires burning as of 10:00 a.m. CST, July 18.
637: Saskatchewan wildfires to date.
105,000 hectares: Size of the Philion fire, the largest active wildfire in the province, burning uncontained north and east of Weyakwin.

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Martin Mars water bomber back to fighting blazes in B.C.

Canadian Press in Vancouver Sun
July 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Martin Mars water bomber is back on Vancouver Island after helping to fight a wildfire near Nelson, B.C. Provincial Fire Information Officer Ryan Turcot says the aged air tanker dropped nine loads on a wildfire burning near Boswell and Highway 3A Saturday, with each load carrying about 27,000 litres. It was the first time in two years that the Martin Mars has been used to fight wildfires in B.C. The provincial government signed a one-month contract earlier in July to use the water bomber. Turcot says there are currently 154 blazes burning, down from 223 last weekend.

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Dog Mountain update: ‘contained doesn’t mean fire is out’

Alberni Valley News
July 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Dog Mountain forest fire southwest of Port Alberni is 100 per cent contained, but that doesn’t mean the fire is out, says fire information officer Marg Drysdale from the Coastal Fire Centre. Smoke and flames will still be visible on parts of Dog Mountain as conditions continue to dry out over the weekend and into next week. “We’ve got containment on that fire. Most people are assuming that containment means out. That’s not the case,” Drysdale said.  BC Wildfire branch crews are allowing forest fuel within the perimeter
to burn itself out, and the perimeter is being patrolled. “ I know
they’re monitoring that fire very carefully, largely because of the
concern in the community.”

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Montreal Lake fires leave 40 homeless

CBC News
July 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While an estimated 1,500 people were able to return to the community of Montreal Lake, which had been evacuated due to forest fires, six structures were destroyed by fire and 40 people are homeless. The community, about 200 kilometres northwest of Prince Albert, sits among a forested area which was seriously scorched by fire. “It’s going to be a lot of mental toll on our people,” Edward Henderson, chief of Montreal Lake Cree Nation, said Thursday. “I’ve talked to our people the last couple of days, letting them know our community is going to look totally different.”

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Firefighters battle two blazes near Kelowna

Vancouver Sun
July 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

WEST KELOWNA — An evacuation alert remains for 80 properties along Bear Creek and neighbouring roads due to a fire that started near the provincial park Sunday afternoon and grew to more than two hectares by nightfall. Residents should “be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents,” according to the Regional District of the Central Okangan. Twenty-four B.C. Forestry Service firefighters will remain on the ground overnight to monitor the fire. Residents have been told “that fire and smoke can appear more threatening at night” but fire crews are working to contain the blaze.

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747 fires have burned in state as hot, dry weather persists; even North Olympic Peninsula is site of rare rain forest blaze

Peninsula Daily News
July 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Nearly 750 unintended fires have flared up across the state this fire season, state officials said, mentioning among them a rare burn in the lush Olympic rainforest. Rivers of the North Olympic Peninsula are running well below normal, but drought conditions here are less severe than they are elsewhere in the state, officials said in a Friday conference call. “Fires have started in areas rarely touched by wildfires, including Olympic National Park and islands in the Puget Sound,” said Mary Verner, deputy supervisor for the state Department of Natural Resources.

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Forest fire burns at least 10 acres in north Clark County

The Columbian
July 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Officials are warning of extreme fire danger this weekend, as previewed by days of house fires that caused more than $1 million damage, multiple brush fires and a forest fire in north Clark County. Extraordinarily dry and warm conditions this year have prompted the National Weather Service in Portland to issue an unusual Fire Weather Watch for Clark County. It warns of critical conditions, hot temperatures and dry fuels, and says that any fires that start may be a “significant challenge” to control over the next two days. A forest fire sparked Friday afternoon near the East Fork of the Lewis River, near the mouth of Dole Valley.

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Wildfire overruns packed California freeway, burns cars

Reuters
July 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A fast-moving brush fire in the Southern California foothills overran a packed freeway in a mountain pass on Friday, destroying four structures and torching 20 vehicles as drivers abandoned their cars and scrambled to safety. The wildfire, which broke out Friday afternoon in the drought-parched foothills of San Bernardino County, had grown from 500 acres (200 hectares) to 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) in a matter of hours, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze ripped down a portion of the Interstate 15 freeway that links Southern California and Las Vegas, forcing about 60 drivers to flee their cars on Cajon Pass. There have been no injuries, the U.S. Forest Service said.

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Climate Change Stirs Up Wildfires, And Vice Versa

Echo-Examiner
July 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

A recent study revealed that climate change is a big factor in making wildfires worse all around the globe… Study published in the Nature Communication journal showed that increasing temperature led to worsening of wildfires and these wildfires intensified the climate change further by destroying trees that could absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The new research discovered that the fire season is a lot longer for over a quarter of the vegetated surface on Earth from the year 1979 to 2013. All over the planet, the fire weather season grew by almost 19 percent. This trend happened on all of the continents where these kinds of wildfires happen, except for Australia.

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General

Drones Delayed North Fire Response: Officials

NBC Los Angeles
July 18, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Region: United States, US West

Drones forced the landing of planes deployed to fight the so-called North Fire in southern California that burned cars and homes along the 15 Freeway Friday, delaying response to the frightening blaze, officials said. All air units not only pulled back from the fire because of the drones, but all five were forced to touch back down at the airport in San Bernardino after jettisoning their loads, John Miller of the U.S. Forest Service said. …”It can kill our firefighters in the air …

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