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Business & Politics

U.S. assigns countervailing duty to Canadian supercalendered paper

By Cindy Macdonald
Pulp and Paper Canada
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian supercalendered paper sold in the U.S. is now subject to a duties up to 20%, following a preliminary determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The investigation concluded that Canadian producers and exporters have received countervailable subsidies. The affected producers are Port Hawkesbury Paper, which faces an interim duty of 20.33%, Resolute Forest Products, which faces a duty of 2.04%, and Irving forest Products and Catalyst Paper, which fall into the “all other producers” category and will have a duty of 11.19% applied. Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) intends to vigorously defend against the finding of subsidies and the interim duty.

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Canfor Announces Investment Agreement

CNN Money
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announced today that it has completed an investment agreement (the “Agreement”) with Conifex Inc. (“Conifex”), a subsidiary of Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX-CFF) pursuant to which Canfor loaned $30,000,000 to Conifex. The loan is represented by a senior secured note (the “Note”) which has a term of 5 years and is secured by a first lien on a forest licence with 200,000 cubic metres of annual cut held by a subsidiary of Conifex. Canfor has the option, exercisable after one year, to convert the loan into an ownership interest in the forest licence. END OF STORY

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Mayor’s raw log trend is shameful, shortsighted

Letter by Partelow Hogeweide
Alberni Valley Times
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cawston, B.C. – It is very shortsighted for Mayor Ruttan to believe that shipping raw logs is “saving jobs” in the Alberni Valley. Yes, some loggers may be kept working in the short term but the “value added” component of the timber is lost forever. It would be better to leave the timber standing until such a time as demand for lumber and other finished products increases again. It is also shameful to see truckloads of logs leaving the Valley to support jobs in the distant sawmills of Nanaimo, Chemainus, and elsewhere.

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One newsprint mill remains in B.C. after Paper Excellence closure on Sunshine Coast

By Gordon Hoekstra – Newsprint demand has plummeted 75 per cent in North America since its peak in the late 1990s
Vancouver Sun
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


The timing of Paper Excellence’s permanent closure two weeks ago of its Howe Sound newsprint mill, which put 169 workers off the job, was expedited by B.C.’s drought. But the closure came as no surprise to industry observers. Newsprint demand, following readers’ shift to digital applications on laptops, tablets and phones, has plummeted globally. In North America, demand is down 75 per cent since its peak in the 1990s, says Martine Hamel, vice-president and chief operation officer of the Pulp and Paper Products Council.

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Western Forest Products 2Q revenue decreased by 2% from year ago to $289.2 million

Lesprom
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. announced results for the 2Q 2015. The Company reported adjusted EBITDA of $29.2 million for the 2Q 2015, consistent with the adjusted EBITDA of $29.6 million reported in the 1Q 2015, and a decrease from $40.9 million reported in the 2Q 2014. Adjusted EBITDA in the 2Q 2015 benefitted from an improved lumber sales mix, led by growth in specialty product shipments, and an increase in export log shipments, but was limited due to lower commodity and Japan lumber pricing and a decline in export log pricing.

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Canadian government enters the war of words with Greenpeace

Pulp and Paper Canada
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The federal government is picking sides, supporting Canada’s forest industry in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace to discredit certain companies and practices. Minister Denis Lebel announced on July 31 that the government of Canada will finance scientific studies focused on woodland caribou and will act directly to inform forest proudcts clients to inform them of the facts about Canada’s forest management practices. According to La Presse, Minister Lebel vowed that Greenpeace will not destroy the economy of his region. 

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Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results

WRKB13.com
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE:LPX) released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday. The company reported ($0.08) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the analysts’ consensus estimate of ($0.10) by $0.02, MarketBeat reports. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.03 EPS. The business had revenue of $493 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $509.49 million. Louisiana-Pacific’s quarterly revenue was down 5.0% on a year-over-year basis.

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Too Many Dead Trees: Sierra Sawmills Face a Backlog

KQED.org
July 31, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Larry Duysen’s family has run Sierra Forest Products in the small town of Terra Bella, just west of the Sierra Nevada, for almost 50 years. His father, Glenn Duysen, founded the company in 1968. At that time, there were seven other sawmills in the region logging trees in the Sequoia National Forest. “But as wood became less available, one by one, they went out of business,” he says. Logging was restricted and the creation of the Giant Sequoia National Monument put large tracts of land off-limits. Now Sierra Forest Products is the only sawmill left in the entire
southern Sierra. And it has gone from a two-shift operation to one.

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In Minnesota timber country, there’s no love lost between a logger and a giant paper mill

Star Tribune
August 3, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A nearly two-year-old fight between a local businessman and the multinational corporate owner of an International Falls paper mill is distorting wood prices in northern Minnesota, upsetting other loggers and causing anxiety in the city as the mill’s workforce shrinks. …At a recent timber auction in the small town of Cotton, bidding for rights to harvest a 109-acre tract of Minnesota aspen soared to three times the appraised value, and that wasn’t the end of it.  Just as the auctioneer said “going once, going twice,” a logger named Dennis Wagner raised his hand and pushed the price up one more time against the only bidder still in — the giant Boise paper mill in International Falls.

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University of Tasmania forestry professor Dr Mark Hunt says there’s more room for private investment in the forest sector in the state (audio)

ABC News, Australia
August 5, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

University of Tasmania forestry professor Dr Mark Hunt says there’s more room for private investment in the forest sector in the state.

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New Forests agrees to purchase Marlborough timber plantation

New Zealand Scoop
August 4, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

SYDNEY – New Forests today announced that it has reached agreement to purchase approximately 4,200 hectares of freehold land and softwood plantations from the Flight Group. The plantations consist of radiata pine and are located in the Marlborough region of New Zealand’s South Island. The agreement forms part of a larger transaction by Flight Group, including the purchase of the Flight Timbers sawmilling assets by Timberlink, an Australian timber products processor that is also an investee company of New Forests. Completion of the plantation purchase by New Forests is subject to approval by the Overseas Investment Office.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Concrete Houses vs Wood Houses in Review

[Frogs say “This isn’t a news story, but we thought it was interesting web content”]
Ferguson Moving and Storage
August 5, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

…In this article, we’ll be focusing on the merits of moving into a concrete house versus moving into a wood house. … Advocates of concrete say moving into a concrete house offers several advantages that can’t be found when moving into a wood house. Some of these merits include: acoustic privacy, durability and energy efficiency. The Globe and Mail says condo builders, in particular, have been pushing the advantages of concrete. …Proponents of wooden homes say these houses are often more affordable and environmentally friendly. …The next big selling point for wood is it that it is environmentally friendly. Freshome.com, an architectural magazine, says wood is the only construction material that is carbon neutral. And this holds true even when taking hauling time intoaccount!

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Lightweight construction creates serious safety concerns

WTHR13 Indiana News
August 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

INDIANAPOLIS – If your home catches fire, would you and your family have enough time to escape? You might be shocked to learn the skeleton of your home, the framing, may not be made of grown-in-the-forest lumber. It could be manufactured lumber, a strong, lightweight material that burns and collapses much faster than traditional lumber. Across central Indiana, new homes are rising up out of farm fields. Many are just like yours – constructed with lightweight lumber. It’s factory-made and engineered to support floors, ceilings and roofs. It is super sturdy — until there is a fire. Lightweight lumber, made from plywood, wood chips and glue, as firefighters have discovered, burns dangerously quickly. According to Wayne Township Captain Michael Pruitt, “It quadruples our risk.”

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Dalston ply-scraper on the rise as Hackney becomes timber trailblazer

The borough is quietly positioning itself at the forefront of a revolution in urban housing architecture
Hackney Citizen
August 4, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

On Dalston Lane, records are about to be broken and history about to be made. Above the Overground line that runs along the south side of Ridley Road Market, a landmark new development is slowly rising out of the dirt that could point the way toward answers to both over-consumption/global warming, and London’s housing crisis. The particular record about to be broken – “the UK’s largest cross-laminated timber residential building” – is on the face of it, not one to set the pulse racing. But with this development Hackney is quietly positioning itself at the forefront of a revolution in urban housing architecture.

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Wood Veneer Made from Banana Tree Trunks

Woodworking Network
August 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Papyrus Australia Papyrus Australia Ltd is the developer of a technology that converts the waste trunk of the banana palm into alternatives to forest wood products to be used in the paper, packaging, furniture, building, construction and other industries. The process converts the waste trunk of the banana palm into alternatives to forest wood products to be used in the paper, packaging, furniture, building, construction and other industries. Some of the characteristics of the Papyrus technology products include natural water resistance, fire resistance and UV resistance.

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Forestry

Forest board critical of Sonora Island logging

Campbell River Mirror
August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A complaint by residents on Sonora Island has led to the Forest Practice Board recommending both TimberWest Forest Corp. and the provincial government review logging practices under an ecosystem-based management (EBM) plan for old-growth forests along the B.C. coast. In a report issued in July, the board said TimberWest violated the spirit of the EMB by removing old trees from an area of mixed old-growth forest and at-risk plant species. While noting TimberWest did follow legal requirements of land use orders, the Forest Practice Board report recommended the company provide information on its future EBM management approach. The board also recommended the provincial government clarify its definitions for old forest and for red- and blue-listed plant communities.

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Sunken logging camp spoils Zeballos Inlet

Campbell River Mirror
August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A derelict logging float camp partially submerged in Zeballos Inlet poses a serious environmental and navigation hazard, but little is being done to remove it, says a Comox logger who has been trying to find someone to take responsibility for the mess. Bill Pomponio, a logging equipment operator and avid ocean angler, says: “I have been trying for months to find someone prepared to get this sunken barge out of the inlet. “The only folks who seem to give a damn are the Ehattesaht First Nations residents at Zeballos and the village Mayor Donn Cox and his council.”

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Group’s efforts branch out to urban forest

Saanich News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As analysts the world over continue to fan the flames of urban density as an important part of a sustainable existence, Victoria’s Habitat Acquisition Trust is keen to trumpet the need for trees. Canopy loss is a primary focus for HAT, which is turning its attention to the private landowners with the launch of its new Urban Forest project in Greater Victoria. “Urban trees are low maintenance, and provide shade and wind protection that can be economically beneficial,” said stewardship co-ordinator Jill Robinson. “The goal for the Urban Forest project is to engage private landowners and help them care for their trees,”

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California’s Rural Counties Urge Forest Management Policy Reform

August 5, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The ongoing drought, the continued mismanagement of public forestlands, and the nonsensical funding formula for fire prevention and suppression have led to a year-round wildfire season in California. As representatives of California’s rural counties, RCRC continues to lead the charge on advocating for the reconsideration of forest management policy. In addition to the economic and environmental destruction caused by catastrophic wildfires, recent studies are now pointing to wildfires as a major cause of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in California.

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Greens Fight Clear Cuts in National Forest

Courthouse News Service
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. Environmentalists are fighting a logging project in Montana national forest that will include more than 2,000 acres of clear cuts. The Native Ecosystems Council claims the U.S. Forest Service-approved plan for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest violates the Endangered Species, National Environmental Policy, National Forest and Administrative Procedures Acts. The 39,650-acre project area includes areas with “complete mortality” of lodgepole pines killed by beetle infestation.

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Restore the Trust in State Trust Lands

by Cascade Policy Institute
Oregon Catalyst
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When Oregon joined the Union, the U.S. Congress granted it control of State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education in perpetuity through the Common School Fund. Currently, 96 percent of Oregon’s remaining State Trust Lands show no signs of generating revenue within five to ten years. The primary reason for this is restrictions placed on the Elliott State Forest, transforming these lands from profit producing assets into deficit inducing liabilities. The Common School Fund itself, which is invested by the State Treasurer and the Oregon Investment Council, consistently exceeds performance expectations.

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Tonto National Forest Receives More Funding To Thin Ponderosa

KJZZ.org
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tonto National Forest has received additional funding to continue thinning projects in communities around the Payson area. The agency received $1.9 million to thin and pile overgrown and unhealthy Ponderosa pile stands. “We’ve got a contract to thin up to 3,000 acres of maintenance thinning,” said Carrie Templin, with the Tonto National Forest Service. “So that means thinning has occurred in that area before, but we’ve got to go back in and make sure things are not growing back that would be able to have a wildfire move through it; and then there’s 1200 acres that’s the first time we’ve thinned in those areas.”

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Meetings planned on forest plan revisions

Great Falls Tribune
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Members of the Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests Plan Revision Team have scheduled 10 public meetings to talk about revisions to forest management plans. “Simply stated, the 1986 forest plans are outdated and need to be revised based on today’s forests’ conditions,” Erin Swiader, forest plan revision team leader, said in a news release. “What we’re asking people to do is to join us at the table with their ideas on what can and should be updated for the new management plans, based on some the preliminary analysis that team members have done already.” The community conversations will be public workshops that include a short summary of the forest plan revision process and how people can become involved.

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Guest Commentary: Ownership of federal land still unsettled

The Denver Post
August 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Re: “Fighting over federal land,” July 27 news story. Those who contend that the federal government should not own half the land in the West have a better legal case than this article revealed. The article quoted an “analysis by the University of Utah’s College of Law” saying that the “federal government has absolute control over federal public lands, including the constitutional authority to retain lands in federal ownership.” In fact, this was not an impartial study by the law school. It was a biased production by two environmental legal activists who work there.

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Black Mountain Forestry Center: Embracing our Timber Heritage

Whatcom Talks
August 3, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

f you live in Whatcom County, chances are good that your property was once forestland. In the mid-1800s, settlers began clearing the dense forest stands that came right down to Bellingham Bay. Up went cabins, houses, farmsteads – and sawmills. Henry Roeder, Russell Peabody and Edward Eldridge are all familiar names in Whatcom County’s history – they started the first sawmill on Whatcom Creek in Bellingham. At the peak of the logging industry, there were over 150 sawmills in Whatcom County. Today, only one true sawmill remains.

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Forest Fires

UPDATE: Harrison Lake fire continues to grow

Chilliwack Press, BC Local News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire north of Harrison Hot Springs continued to burn aggressively Tuesday. Strong winds on Monday and overnight have helped dramatically expanded the size of the wildfire, burning in a popular recreation area near Wood Lake. …The massive Martin Mars water bomber was called in on Sunday to help fight fire on the west side of Harrison Lake. …”An area restriction has been put in to limit access to this area. A map can be seen at the Fire of Note page for this fire, but encompasses the area north of the Hemlock Valley FSR to Westwood Bay, and inland from the lake to the eastern shore of Chehalis Lake and the Chehalis and Eagle creeks. This closure does not affect the Hemlock Valley Ski Resort area,” the website reads.

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Bomber dumps over 100K litres in an hour

Alberni Valley Times
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new B.C. record for litres of water dumped on a wildfire in a single hour was set for the Hawaii Mars this week, says the plane’s owner. The Hawaii Mars is currently on a 30-day firefighting contract with the provincial government. The water bomber was sent on a mission on Sunday and Monday to a wildfire at Wood Lake, on the shores of Harrison Lake, 20 kilometres north of the resort village of Harrison Hot Springs. The bomber spent four hours battling the blaze on Sunday, picking up over 20,000 litres per payload from Harrison Lake, said Wayne Coulson, CEO of the Coulson Group, which owns and operates the Mars water bombers.

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Aggressive Harrison Lake wildfire grows six-times larger overnight Monday

Vancouver Sun
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fierce winds that blew through the Harrison Lake area overnight have caused a wildfire there to explode to six times its previous size. The human-caused Wood Lake fire is now estimated at 600 hectares, up from 100 on Sunday afternoon, and firefighters have been unable to make any progress on containing it. “It experienced significant growth last evening. There were heavy winds in the area that were blowing, and despite the best efforts of our firefighters and our air tankers that were working on the fire, the fire did grow,” fire information officer Donna MacPherson said.

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Most B.C. wildfires human-caused: forests minister

Canadian Press in Vancouver Sun
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A spike in human-caused wildfires across British Columbia has the forests minister calling for more vigilance from the public. Steve Thomson said only 18 of the 31 flare-ups over the long weekend were caused by lightning while the rest had people to blame. “One human-caused fire remains one too many,” Thomson said. “This continues to be a source of significant frustration to our wildfire service and to the province and to our ministry.” As of Tuesday, 140 fires were burning in the province out of the nearly 1,400 blazes that started since April.

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South African Fire Fighters to Arrive in B.C.

250 News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- A crew of 25 forest fire fighters from South Africa will be arriving in B.C. this week. Most of the personnel from Ontario and Australia who have been assisting in battling wildfires in B.C. for the past month, will be heading home soon, with all returning to their home bases by this time next week. The crew from South Africa has been in Alberta assisting fire fighting efforts in that province.  The team’s arrival in B.C. will allow for a unique opportunity says
Minister of Forests Steve Thomson “These fire fighters are going to be
paired with fire fighting personnel from B.C.   while in service and we
will work in unison with them This will allow for orientation,
supervision and evaluation.”

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As California fires rage, the Forest Service sounds the alarm about rising wildfire costs

The Washington Post
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

As 14 large fires rage across California, the U.S. Forest Service is sounding the alarm about the exploding cost of protecting people and property from a growing wildfire threat. In a new report to be released Wednesday, the agency says that while it spent 16 percent of its total budget on preparing for and fighting fires in 1995, it will spend more than half its budget this year on the same task — and a projected 67 percent or more by 2025 under current funding arrangements. By ten years from now, the agency’s expenditures for fighting wildfires as they flare up — dubbed fire suppression — are projected to increase from just under $1.1 billion in 2014 to nearly $1.8 billion.

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Cooler weather helps crews battling California wildfire

AP in Herald and News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOWER LAKE, Calif.  — Cooler weather helped crews build a buffer Monday between a raging Northern California wildfire and some of the thousands of homes it threatened as it tore through drought-withered brush that hadn’t burned in years. At least two dozen homes were destroyed over the past few days, and more than 13,000 people were urged to flee. …“There’s a lot of old growth-type vegetation and four years of drought to dry it all out,” said Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “It was ready to go.” …“I’m overwhelmed,” Donna McDonald, of Clear Lake, said at a high school that had been turned into a shelter. “I was very happy at one point when I saw no smoke at all. Then all of a sudden it just flared up real big again.”

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Firefighters make gains against southwest Oregon wildfire

AP in Longview Daily News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CANYONVILLE, Ore.  — Fire bosses say another four or five days of moderate weather will make a big difference in containing a wildfire in southwestern Oregon’s Cascade foothills. The wildfire 16 miles east of Canyonville continued to grow primarily because of burnout operations to strengthen fire lines, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. On Tuesday, the fire perimeter encompassed 27 square miles of private and federal forestland. The blaze was only 10 percent contained since starting last week near the community of Milo in Douglas County. Smoke has moderated as winds shifted, but the air remained unhealthy in Shady Cove, Medford and Klamath Falls. Weather forecasts call for higher humidity and temperatures in the low 80s all week.

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13,000 urged to evacuate as California wildfire closes in on 65,000 acres

Associated Press in The Oregonian
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — As firefighters battled a massive Northern California wildfire threatening numerous homes, some of the 13,000 people urged to flee their residences were spending what may be just one of many nights in evacuation shelters. The blaze grew to more than 101 square miles, or 64,640 acres, Tuesday as it chewed through drought-withered brush that has not burned in years in the Lower Lake area about 100 miles north of San Francisco. More than 3,000 firefighters tried to stand their ground against the blaze that jumped a highway that had served as a containment line and grew by several square miles despite cooler weather and higher humidity.

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Phillips Creek Fire north of La Grande grows to 1,538 acres

The Oregonian
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Phillips Creek Fire north of La Grande grew to 1,538 acres on Tuesday, and dozens of homeowners are still waiting to hear whether they’ll have to evacuate. The fire was sparked on steep terrain in the Umatilla National Forest, roughly seven miles west of Elgin. Oregon 204 runs west through Elgin, which is 20 miles north of La Grande. Jamie Knight, incident command spokeswoman, said the fire is burning grass, brush and heavy timber in the forested area. While Tuesday’s temperatures, in the low 80s, are better than previous days, Knight said that fire crews still face tough conditions and westerly winds. “We’re still looking at generally hot and dry conditions,” she said.

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State’s Wildfire Season Mild, But Much Of West Goes Up In Flames

Payson Roundup
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

But half a century of rushing to douse almost every fire ended up backfiring. Tree densities rose from 50 per acre to 500 or 1,000 per acre. Moreover, researchers from Northern Arizona University and elsewhere demonstrated that the ponderosa pine forest actually needed regular, low-intensity fires to remain healthy. El Niño conditions in the Eastern Pacific have proved a blessing for Arizona this year, but a curse for much of the rest of the West when it comes to fires. A wet spring and active monsoon has allowed Arizona firefighters to contain fires and let them burn to thin the forest. California remains in exceptional drought conditions…Oregon and Washington… have declared a drought emergency as fires continue to rage across thousands of acres of both states.

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Cooler temperatures aid firefighters at Stouts fire

AP in Herald and News
August 4, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CANYONVILLE — Cooler and cloudier weather helped firefighters make progress Monday on two wildfires in the foothills of the Cascades of southwestern Oregon. Smoke continued to choke communities to the south in the Rogue Valley. The Stouts fire was 5 percent contained after burning through 24 square miles of private and federal timber 16 miles east of Canyonville, the Oregon Department of Forestry said. …Cooler temperatures and higher humidity Sunday slowed the growth of the fire, giving firefighters a chance to build more lines, but temperatures are forecast to return to the 80s Tuesday and into the week.

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Lightning ignites fires east of Hamilton

Ravalli Republic
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – A quick-moving lightning storm Tuesday evening started two wildfires east of Hamilton that sent up plumes visible to people on the valley floor. The fires started on private land east of the Stock Farm at about 6:30 p.m., said Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay. At about 8 p.m., the lower fire had burned an estimated four to six acres through grass and heavy timber. The upper fire was smaller. Two helicopters began dropping water on the fire soon after it was reported.

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Entire Town Of Roosevelt Evacuated Because Of Wildfire

AP in Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 5, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Klickitat County authorities have evacuated the entire town of Roosevelt, Washington, because of a fast moving grass fire. Several structures, including barns, have been burned by the fire that started around 1 p.m. Jeff King, the county director of emergency management, said fire crews are focused on structure protection but no homes had been lost by early evening. The Klickitat County sheriff’s office issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire town, which is about 140 miles east of Vancouver, Washington, after the fire jumped over State Route 14.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forest Products Groups say EPA Overlooks Biomass in Clean Air Rules

Woodworking Network
August 3, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman have issued the following statements expressing concern about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan released today. Robert Glowinski, President and CEO, AWC: “The forest products industry operates in a highly competitive market and increases in our energy costs can significantly harm our competitiveness. Moreover, EPA’s biogenic accounting framework took steps to recognize the unique energy benefits of using biomass residuals, and EPA needs to fully recognize that carbon neutrality across their regulations. We will carefully consider all legal and legislative options to address our concerns.”

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