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Business & Politics

Interfor Corp Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts

WKRB News & Analysis
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eight brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is C$24.31. Interfor Corp traded down 5.36% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $15.18. The stock had a trading volume of 278,033 shares. The stock has a market cap of $1.06 billion and a P/E ratio of 77.85. Interfor Corp has a 12-month low of $14.35 and a 12-month high of $23.61. 

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Meadow Creek forest license extended

Nelson Star
August 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Friday’s deadline for the cancellation of the Meadow Creek Cedar forest licence has been extended for two months. That’s because there is a potential buyer and negotiations are underway, according to the company’s Rod Arnold. The Aug. 7 deadline was set by the provincial government after several years of turmoil over the license and failures to meet forest requirements. If the current sale does not go through, it’s expected the licence will revert to the crown.

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Canfor Corporation reported 2Q net income of $11.1 million

Lesprom
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corporation reported net income attributable to shareholders of $11.1 million for the 2Q 2015, compared to $29.3 million for the 1Q 2015 and $54.3 million for the 2Q 2014. Canfor Corporation reported operating income of $17.6 million for the 2Q 2015, down $66.1 million compared to operating income of $83.7 million for the 1Q 2015, with the decline reflecting lower operating earnings in both the lumber and pulp and paper segments.

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Bringing to light the unsung past

The Northern Times
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A trouble past and conflicted relationship between pulp and paper mills in Northern Ontario during the twentieth century and the provincial government has come to light in a new book penned by a professor of history at Laurentian University.  Mark Kuhlberg, Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the History Department at Laurentian University, wrote a new book detailing this past, “In the Power of the Government.” First becoming interested in forestry when he was 18 years old, the author had his interest elevated after participating in tree planting, a habit he continued for 20 years. “I was really intrigued by the bush and forest since I started planting, and I was really surprised by the huge gulf that separated what was going on in the forest, and how people felt about the forest in urban settings.”

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Ontario and Quebec communities banding together to counter Greenpeace’s messaging

The Timmins Press
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mayors from the member communities of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) met with representatives of communities in Northern Quebec, as well as the forestry industry and First Nations in Timmins on Tuesday afternoon. The diverse group came together to discuss ways to counter the messaging of environmentalist groups about forest industry practices. … “We decided as communities, industry stakeholders, and First Nations to talk about what the current issues are that affect us in Northern Ontario where we are under attack by environmental groups,” said FONOM president Al Spacek.

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War of words heats up

An open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen by Jerry Dias, president, Unifor and Bob Matters, chairman, USW Wood Council
Timmins Press
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…We are writing today to express our concern regarding the escalating campaign directed at Resolute Forest Products and its role in Canada’s boreal forest, as well as to convey our strong belief that any future discussions regarding protected area planning and other impacts to the working forest must include broad participation from the different stakeholders affected by that very serious issue. We are concerned that the “war in the woods” is once again heating up between certain activists environmental non-governmental organizations and members of the forest products industry. Resolute Forest Products, in particular, has been the target of attacks from certain environmental non-governmental organizations, which is impacting the company in the fiercely competitive global marketplace and posing a real threat to our member’s jobs!

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Forestry fight is on to combat campaign of “misinformation”

Q92 Timmins
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A lack of Greenpeace didn’t stop reps from getting together in Timmins Tuesday. Northern Ontario and Quebec Mayors were gathered at Cedar Meadows with First Nations leaders and forestry officials to discuss and develop strategies to get the right information out to the public on the industry. FONOM President and Kapuskasing Mayor Al Spacek says they know they “adhere to the highest environmental standards,” which is the provincial and Canadian standard.  “It’s one of the most respected ones in the world,” he said. Spacek says Greenpeace is not only talking publicly about their views, but also going directly to the customers and threatening the customer base of companies like Milson Forestry and Resolute.

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Domtar Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

PR Newswire
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FORT MILL, SC,  – Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today released its 2015 Sustainability Report providing insight into the company’s priorities, and outlining opportunities on the journey towards becoming a more sustainable business. The report reinforces Domtar’s commitments and provides longer-term context for its decisions and activities, while revealing the connectivity between the two. “Sustainability at Domtar shapes our decisions and optimizes our performance,” explained John D. Williams, Domtar’s president and CEO.

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Roseburg Forest Products purchases fiberboard plant

The News-Review
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Roseburg Forest Products Co. announced today that it has agreed to purchase the medium density fiberboard facility in Medford, from SierraPine Composite Solutions. The acquisition is expected to close by mid- to late September. Other details of the transaction were not revealed. “We look forward to the addition of the MDF product line to our portfolio,” Allyn Ford said in a news release. Ford is the CEO of Roseburg Forest Products. He said the panels made by the fiberboard plant are well-recognized in the wood-products industry and will be an excellent complement to RFP’s current offering of composite products. He said the acquisition will bring with it a variety of niche products that will enhance Roseburg’s value in the market.

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Zacks Short Term Rating on Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc

Money Flow Index
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc (NYSE:LL) has received a short term rating of strong sell from research analysts at Zacks with a rank of 5. The company has been rated an average of 3 by 11 Wall Street Analysts. 11 broker firms have advised hold. Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc: The mean estimate for the short term price target for Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc stands at $14.33 according to 6 Analysts. The higher price target estimate for the stock has been calculated at $18 while the lower price target estimate is at $12.

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Aurora lumber yard fire ruled accidental

Cincinnati’s WLWT 5
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AURORA, Indiana —Two fire fighters were injured battling a blaze in southeast Indiana on Tuesday morning. A building belonging to the Aurora Lumber Company caught fire just before midnight. A passerby noticed flames shooting from the roof and fire fighters found dangerous conditions when they arrived on scene, according to Aurora Fire Chief Jeff Lane. …The lumber added fuel to the fire, and the main goal was to keep the flames from spreading to the other buildings nearby.

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Man impaled by piece of wood in lumber mill accident

Your 4 State
August 11, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CLEAR SPRING, Md. — A man is recovering in the hospital after being impaled by a piece of lumber Tuesday morning in Washington County. According to the owner of Hicksville Planing Mill, Robert Miller, the lumber pierced the man in his abdomen after it flew out from one of their saw machines. An official with Maryland Occupational Safety and Health inspected the saw after the accident, but didn’t find any safety issues. Miller said he also doesn’t believe the accident happened as a result of any operator errors either, as the man who was injured has been working at the mill for over 17 years. Doctors were able to remove the wood, and the man is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow. END OF STORY

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OneFortyOne Plantations rejects union calls to delay decision on transferring ForestrySA work contracts

ABC News, Australia
August 12, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The company preparing to take over management of south-east South Australian forests has rejected union calls to give workers more time to decide on their futures. Local ForestrySA workers have until 5:00pm (ACST) today to decide whether they want to transfer their contracts to OneFortyOne Plantations, which also owns the harvesting rights to the forests. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) was hoping to have the deadline postponed, with the matter scheduled to go before the Industrial Relations Commission on Friday. However, OneFortyOne told the timber union it was not in a position to extend the date for acceptances beyond today and that it hoped employees would accept its offer to transfer.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Generation gap over financial information

Financial Times UK
August 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A US regulator has aroused the wrath of the elderly, the postal service and the paper industry, by proposing that mutual funds disseminate investor information online only, rather than sending out hard copies. High quality global journalism requires investment.  A study from Pew research centre in 2013 found that 15 per cent of American adults aged 18 and older do not use the internet or email, while more than 40 per cent of adults over the age of 64 are not online. …an SEC survey in 2011 found that slightly less than half of investors preferred having financial information mailed to them. …Commenters also highlighted the potential impact on the postal service and the paper industry. …The American Forest and Paper Association also voiced complaints.

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Timber Trade Federation members’ marine plywood to require independent certification

Builders’ Merchants News
August 11, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

All marine plywood contracts placed by members of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) will have to be accredited by an independent third party certification scheme as of 1 September, 2015. The move is an attempt to quell concerns that as the high quality, durable veneers required for the BS 1088: 2003: Marine Plywood standard become more difficult to source, more of the marine plywood on the market will not be up to the quality it is claimed to be. Accreditation will provide verification that the plywood fully complies with the BS 1088: 2003: Marine Plywood standard.

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Forestry

No more trees test positive for Dutch elm disease

Elm wood found in 12 nearby yards
The Star Phoenix
August 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A case of Dutch Elm Disease in the city’s Queen Elizabeth neighbourhood appears to be an isolated case after nine trees in the vicinity tested negative for the wilting disease. “We’re pretty lucky,” said Michelle Chartier, the city’s superintendent of forestry and pest management. “That was kind of a relief to have no more positive tests come back.” The city’s first case of Dutch Elm Disease was identified in the southeast neighbourhood of Queen Elizabeth late last month. The tree was removed and buried in the landfill within 48 hours of testing positive and city staff have spent the last three weeks taking samples of elm trees within one kilometre of the infected specimen. All have come back negative.

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City injects trees to protect them from ash borer

The Kingston Whig-Standard
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kingston’s ash trees are receiving injections this week to protect them from the invasive emerald ash borer beetle. City crews are treating 300 trees this week to rid them of the beetles. Trees need the treatment biannually, so the city will treat 300 trees this year and another 300 next year for a total of 600 trees. According to Troy Stubinski, public works operations manager, contracted crews will be injecting the trees with a biological insecticide using pressurized canisters. “They’ll insert them at the bottom of the tree, and then the tree sucks up or draws the insecticide up,” he said. Emerald ash borer beetles dislike the insecticide, and any beetles infesting the tree will move on once the city provides the treatment.

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Input sought for Northumberland Forest plan

Northumberland Today
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTHUMBERLAND – Public input is being sought on a one-year interim forestry operation plan for the county-owned Northumberland Forest. The quality of lumber produced by the forest is good, forest manager Ben Walters said in an interview Monday, and some of the tall, straight trees are are used to make hydro poles. The current five-year plan for logging parts of the forest runs out this year, Walters said. The one-year plan being considered covers logging this fall until next spring, and allows for the development of a five-year silviculture plan to start in 2016.

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Honoring America’s first forester

Asheville Citizen-Times
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Born just after the guns of the Civil War fell silent, he died the year after the first atomic bomb was dropped. He was, in his own words, a “governor every now and then” but a forester all the time. Indeed, Gifford Pinchot, born 150 years ago on Aug. 11, served two terms as Pennsylvania governor but is best known as the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service (established 1905), which today manages 192 million acres. He also created the Society of American Foresters (1900), the organization that oversees his chosen profession, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1900), the oldest forestry school in America. And just south of Asheville, in the Pisgah National Forest, is the Cradle of Forestry in America, both of which exist in part because of him.

Forest Service Celebrates 150th Birthday of Founder from USDA Blog

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Senator Thune supports timber harvests

On day firefighter is buried, Senator talks about safe, healthy forest
kotatv.com
August 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Senator John Thune attended the funeral and burial Monday of Dave Ruhl, a Rapid City firefighter killed fighting a fire in California. When asked about forest management, Senator John Thune, (R), South Dakota, says timber harvests are a good thing.  “It allows you to clear out a lot of that fuel load,” explains Thune. “And if you look at places where it’s managed well, and I would point to Custer State Park, where the state of South Dakota actually has the stewardship and the custodians of that area, they do a really good job and I think that could be done at the federal lands as well.”

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Federal judge denies challenge on Bridger logging project

Thinning operation could begin this week
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service is telling Bridger Bowl-area residents to expect more truck traffic, as a logging project is expected to begin there this week. A federal judge in Missoula ruled late last month that the 250-acre South Bridger Interface tree thinning operation can go forward, denying a challenge from Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council. “We were hoping that they were required to do a more in-depth analysis,” said Steve Kelly of Alliance for the Wild Rockies. The project — which Forest Service officials say will focus on dead and diseased trees — aims to reduce damage to trees from mountain pine beetle, Douglas-fir beetle and western spruce budworm in an area immediately south of Bridger Bowl Ski Area near Slushman Creek. It also may include up to a half mile of road construction.

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Return to the Tillamook Burn

This weekend, learn all about the Tillamook Burn.
The Daily Astorian
August 10, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eighty-two years ago Friday, a steel cable dragging a Douglas fir rubbed against a snag and sparked a fire in Gales Creek Canyon. Thus began the Tillamook Burn, a series of wildfires that destroyed more than 350,000 acres of old-growth timber. The Tillamook Forest Center steps back in history Friday, Saturday and Sunday with “Return from the Burn,” an interactive look into how the Tillamook Burn affected what is now Tillamook State Forest before, during and after the fires.

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Flagstaff Project Can Protect Watersheds Without Killing Endangered Owls

Center for Biological Diversity
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—The Center for Biological Diversity has objected to a logging plan for the Coconino National Forest that will cause unnecessary harm to endangered wildlife. One-third of the 8,668-acre “Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project” announced in June would log forests so near to Mexican spotted owl nests that the birds’ ability to raise young will be compromised.  “We should have a lighter touch where spotted owls nest and breed,” said Jay Lininger, senior scientist with the Center. “We don’t have to kill endangered birds to protect our watersheds.”

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Ryan Zinke: A wilderness bill will not put out wildfires

Helena Independent Record
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Right now there are nine active wildfires in Montana, burning thousands of acres of our cherished national parks, forests and grasslands. …This is not a new problem. Montana has been a tinderbox for a long time. Rather than sit idly by as our forests go up in smoke, I took action. Earlier this summer, I co-authored the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 to help end the catastrophic wildfires that plague Montana and other western states. This is not a wilderness bill; this is a forest reform bill. A wilderness bill will not prevent wildfires, nor will it put them out.

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DNR Study Finds High Compliance With Forestry BMP

WXPR Public Radio
August 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Foresters and loggers are harvesting timber in Wisconsin following procedures providing a high rate of water quality protection that according to monitoring the DNR conducted of timber harvest practices in 2013 and 2014. DNR forest hydrologist Dave Kafura says in 2013, monitoring teams visited 75 state and county timber sales and found Forestry Best Management Practices were correctly applied on over 97 percent of state sales and 95 percent on county forests….

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NSW govt rethinks tree-clearing scheme

AAP in 9News.com.au
August 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Homeowners in suburban Sydney have used laws aimed at saving lives in bushfires to push up property values, secure precious water views and “annoy their neighbours”, say NSW frontbenchers. A year after the Baird government introduced its 10/50 land clearing scheme – designed to help homeowners in fire-prone areas – the laws will be tightened after a review uncovered widespread abuse. “I am very conscious of the fact that the spirit of the law was breached all too often … this was not meant to be legislation to improve views and million-dollar properties,” said Emergency Services Minister David Elliott. “The amendments are there to ensure people are protected in their own homes.”

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Forest Fires

South African crews join B.C. wildfire fight as Australians leave

CP in The Times Colonist
August 10, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Fighting wildfires in British Columbia has been an international effort this year. About 25 people from South Africa are helping to battle a 13-square kilometre blaze burning near Harrison Hot Springs in the eastern Fraser Valley. The crew arrived last week as another team from Australia prepared to wrap up work in B.C. and about 100 firefighting personnel from Ontario have also returned home. Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says about 1,400 people are currently working to extinguish fires across the province.

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B.C. fires: Wildfire at Cypress Mountain contained in West Vancouver

Fire was burning under BC Hydro lines, crews worried it would reach wires or forest
CBC News
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


A wildfire burning at the Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver, below high-tension BC Hydro power lines, has been contained. The fire started at about 3 p.m. PT Tuesday near the high voltage transmission lines on Hollyburn Mountain, near the ski area, with 14 firefighters from West Vancouver Fire and Rescue having to hike in to the location to fight the fire. By about 4:15 p.m., the fire had grown to about 60 m. by 25 m., fuelled in part by offshore winds, said Asst. Chief Jeff Bush. Crews had it contained, but the fire was “heavily into the ground cover,” and had been candling up the trees, said Bush.

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Martin Mars bomber takes a break over crew member’s health

CKNW
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

After two years on the sidelines and finally getting to hit the skies again, the Martin Mars bomber is taking a break. The water bomber’s owner, Wayne Coulson, says one of their crew has a health problem and they’ve asked for a temporary break in their contract. He says they hadn’t planned to train any additional staff this season, but now, they will, and should be back in a few days. The contract costs B.C. $6,000 an hour, plus fuel costs, to fight wildfires, and $15,000 a day for standing by.After two years on the sidelines and finally getting to hit the skies again, the Martin Mars bomber is taking a break.

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Forest fire index jumps to high in western P.E.I.

Uneven recent rainfall across the province means the index level varies across the province
CBC News
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

Continuing dry summer weather in western P.E.I. has increased the forest fire index to high in that part of the province. The index is high in the west, moderate in central P.E.I. and low in the northeast. There are five index levels: low, moderate, high, very high and extreme. The index had been moderate across the province on the weekend, until rain on Sunday. That rain, however, fell most heavily in the east, with nothing at all falling west of Summerside.

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In Our View: It’s Time to Act on Fires

Congress should allocate more money to manage forests, fight blazes
The Columbian
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

With wildfires scorching vast swaths of the Western United States, it is time to renew calls for Congress to recognize the new normal and alter how it deals with such disasters. …At issue is the fact that, by directing an increased portion of its budget toward fire suppression, the Forest Service diminishes a crucial part of its mission: fire prevention. Less money is available to thin forests and to provide other services that reduce the risk and intensity of fires. This creates a cycle of increasingly ferocious, and increasingly frequent, blazes. … Common sense dictates that fires should be treated as natural disasters similar to earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, and that emergency funds should be part of the equation.

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California blaze grows, prompting more evacuations

AP in The Missoulian
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOWER LAKE, Calif.  — Wildfires are charging through several states in the parched West, scorching homes and forcing people to flee. Flames are plaguing some California residents, who had to evacuate for the second time in recent weeks after blazes exploded in size. …A Northern California blaze grew Tuesday, prompting more evacuations, many of them residents who had recently returned home after a nearby massive blaze first threatened their homes. The wildfire had charred almost 22 square miles by Monday evening. It was 5 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

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Glacier Fire rapidly expands to 11,400 acres

Great Falls Tribune
August 12, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A fire burning in a remote area of Glacier National Park exploded to 11,400 acres as hot temperatures and lack of moisture caused extreme fire behavior in western Montana on Tuesday. Firefighters also were dispatched to new fire starts outside of the communities of Lincoln and Ovando that caused road closures and a few home evacuations. The Thompson fire, which started Sunday and continues to burn in the Nyack area of Glacier Park, was 1,900 acres Tuesday morning, grew to 5,500 acres by late afternoon and was listed at 11,400 acres by evening. Park Superintendent Jeff Mow banned backcountry campfires because of the extreme fire conditions.

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Massive Owyhee County wildfire still growing, jumps US 95 and keeps highway closed

Idaho Statesman
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The Soda Fire grew to 78,720 acres Tuesday night and jumped U.S. 95, which remains closed between Jordan Valley, Ore., and Marsing, Idaho, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reports. The fire, likely started by lightning, crossed the highway at mile marker 7. It is burning in an area of scattered ranches, and it may threaten structures as it moves north, the BLM reported. Nearly 200 people are fighting the fire, including BLM resources from Oregon and members of the Owyhee Rangeland Fire Protection Association. Air support includes two air attack units, three helicopters, two heavy air tankers and five single-engine air tankers.

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Plague Of Smoke – Distant wildfire alarms residents of Rim Country

Payson Roundup
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

“Thick smoke now and nasty to breathe, even in the house,” said DJ Craig Miller on the Roundup’s Facebook page. Others had interesting descriptions. “It looked like a Valley dust storm as it rolled in. Wow!” said Shawn and Marie Raber-Thomas on the Roundup’s Facebook page. The Forest Service had decided to keep the managed fire (named the General Fire) burning to clear hazardous forest fuels in the area while providing protection for the reservoir. “Allowing this fire to reduce forest fuels so close to the reservoir is a good strategic move,” said Linda Wadleigh, Mogollon Rim district ranger. “Low intensity wildfires like the General Fire are crucial and necessary in the area surrounding the reservoir to prevent damage and destruction to this vital watershed from larger, more severe wildfires.”

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Crews around Montana, Idaho responding to wildfires sparked by lightning

The Missoulian in Helena Indepdendent Record
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Fire crews on Tuesday scrambled to respond to new fires across western Montana and central Idaho after Monday night’s thunderstorm. More than 2,500 lighting strikes sparked 70 new fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho, according to public affairs specialist Laura Smith. An additional 25 starts are burning on state and private land in the area. Bob Fry’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the 800-acre Lawyers Complex fire in Lawyers Creek Canyon near Kamiah. One hundred people from multiple agencies are fighting the fire.

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Oregon senator talks wildfires and state tourism

Ron Wyden speaks to county leaders from across the state
The Bend Bulletin
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Smoke from Douglas County fires drifted through Bend on Monday as U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden spoke of how funding wildfire prevention has become a “broken system.” “The bureaucracy has given short shrift to prevention,” he said. The Oregon Democrat highlighted the problem at an Association of Oregon Counties meeting held at the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center in Bend. Wyden also spoke about international trade, tourism, transportation and timber harvests in Oregon forests. Wyden called the current wildfire situation a “terrible trifecta of forestry,” a combination of hot temperatures, drought and a “huge fuel load on the forest floor.”

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[UPDATED] Wildfire burning northeast of Lincoln

Helena Independent Record
August 11, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire burning northeast of the town of Lincoln in the Helena National Forest burned 50 to 100 acres Tuesday. The Sucker Creek fire is burning in steep rugged terrain in a stand of tree snags and sent a large plume of smoke above the mountain valley town. The fire, located about 3.5 miles northeast of Lincoln was reported Monday, and was ignited by lightning, according to the Forest Service. The fire is currently burning away from Lincoln in the Sucker Creek drainage and into the area of the 2003 Snow Talon fire, said Helena National Forest spokeswoman Kathy Bushnell. No structures are threatened, she said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood-burning ban extended in the Snyderville Basin

Snyderville Basin
August 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Last week, the Summit County Council voted to extend its ban on the installation of wood-burning stoves and appliances in new construction and remodels in the Basin. The vote followed a public hearing in Coalville and came less than a week before a six-month temporary ordinance was set to expire. The ban goes into effect immediately. It covers the installation of appliances such as fireplaces and stoves, as well as the open burning of materials such as garbage, treated wood and plastic. Existing developments or homes that use wood-burning appliances as a necessity won’t be affected.

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Door closing on tapping into South Carolina’s wood waste

Savannah Now
August 11, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA — A biofuels company that has been sizing up South Carolina’s wood waste potential will not build a biofuels operation in the state, according to a statement Tuesday from Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels. “At this time, Red Rock has no active plans for a refinery in South Carolina,” said Jen Kaye, who works for the communications firm representing Red Rock. It isn’t clear how definitively South Carolina has been passed up.
“Last year, Red Rock Biofuels LLC … was asked to participate in a feasibility project with South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA) in South Carolina, where the Red Rock and others explored the woody biomass market,” said Jeff Manternach, Red Rock’s co-founder and CFO.

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