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Business & Politics

Surprise Chinese devaluation not likely to affect exports

By Chuck Chiang
Vancouver Sun
August 16, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While the unexpected devaluations of the Chinese currency last week was a shock to the system for many foreign exchange traders, observers say it is unlikely that it will significantly affect Canadian exports and overall economic performance. China’s central bank surprised markets Tuesday by moving the renminbi lower by 1.9 per cent against the U.S. dollar. …Some producers said they could be aided by Chinese producers having to pay more to get B.C. lumber, given value-added goods from China is actually a major competitor for local businesses. For B.C.’s independent wood producers, who compete with Chinese-made added-value wood products made with raw lumber from B.C., the slightly higher cost of B.C. lumber for Chinese companies is welcome, said Russ Cameron, president of B.C.’s Independent Wood Processors Association, how said the rising US Dollar is a much bigger concern.

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BRIGHTON: Point Tupper paper mill enjoys NSP cost shelter

Chronicle Herald
August 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Utility’s major client billed mostly for thermal power; others pay more for renewables
Nova Scotia Power Inc.’s largest customer, Port Hawkesbury Paper LP, is being shielded from mounting fuel costs falling on other ratepayers. While Port Hawkesbury Paper is billed primarily for cheaper thermal power, the rest of us pay for the boutique stuff coming from small-scale renewable energy projects. …The paper mill in Point Tupper, however, has a favourable contract with the utility that protects it from the escalating cost of premium-priced renewable energy being supplied to the utility through the Community Feed-in Tariff Program, which the province cancelled on Aug. 6 due to pressure on power rates.

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Union challenges KapStone’s impasse

The Longview Daily News
August 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Pulp union leaders say they have formally challenged KapStone’s recent decision to unilaterally implement its latest contract offer. Greg Pallesen, vice president of Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, said the union filed new unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board Friday. One of the charges challenges KapStone’s declaration of an impasse, which paved the way for the company to put its latest contract offer into force. KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. announced last week that it had reached an impasse with the union after more than 15 months of negotiations, federal mediation, threats of a strike and the union members’ rejection of three contract offers.

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First Half Lumber Exports Down From Last Year

Woodworking Network
August 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, OR- Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska totaled 329 million board feet in volume in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 21 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today. During this same period, west coast lumber exports increased by 16 percent to 189 million board feet.The total value of these exports also increased compared to the first quarter of 2015—by 20 percent for log exports, to a total of $240 million, and by more than 12 percent for lumber exports, to a total of $139 million. Despite these recent increases, west coast exports of logs and lumber in the first half of 2015 are lower than they were during the first half of 2014.

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Oak Crest Lumber Tallies Savings on Clutch Brake Replacements

Woodworking Network
August 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia — Oak Crest Lumber sits tucked away in the southwest quadrant of the state of Georgia, amid stately pine stands, pecan farms, and cotton fields. The scenery may be bucolic, but the pace within this lumberyard is anything but serene, as the facility surfaces 45,000 board feet of lumber daily. Maintaining that pace of production means that all of your equipment must be working. When the dry magnetic clutch-brake on their tilt-hoist began to wear out frequently (it needed to be replaced each six months or so), Oak Crest officials knew it was time for a change. They installed an Oil Shear clutch-brake from Force Control Industries and it has been working steadily for the past 4 years.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Masonry advocates ask, what’s in your walls?

What’s in your walls? The Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) and MasonryWorx are asking the same question.
Daily Commercial News
August 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A series of ads supported by both organizations are attempting to re-educate home consumers by reminding them to look beyond the luxury granite countertops and jacuzzis, and instead into the quality of a home’s construction. “We are running ads called ‘What’s in your walls?’ to help educate the consumer about building types and the advantages of building with masonry,” said Paul Hargest, president of CCMPA and executive board member of MasonryWorx. …There has been a significant drop in the wall market share for brick, block and stone, especially now with the quick progression wood is making in the construction industry. Hargest suggests there is a growing perception that wood is an equally good alternative to load bearing masonry, but “our job is to educate the consumer that in fact it is not.”

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Perma-pavilions: Chicago Architecture Biennial to transform waterfront kiosks

Wallpaper
August 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

With the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opens on 3 October, co-artistic directors Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima wanted to make a more lasting impression on the city’s landscape. …One of these pavilions, Chicago Horizon, was selected for the biennial in an open, international competition. Designed by the US architecture firm Ultramoderne in collaboration with structural engineer Brett Schneider, it riffs on the flat-roofed pavilions of early modernism; but unlike its glass-and-steel forebears, the structure experiments with cross-laminated timber. As Ultramoderne principal Aaron Forrest puts it, ‘It became this quest to design the biggest roof we possibly could using this material.’

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Why Wood is so Damn Good

Sourceable
August 17, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Whether it is its natural aesthetic, its remarkable durability, or its carbon sequestering credentials, wood is gaining traction as a building material in lieu of conventional steel or concrete. Its potential in construction has also prompted the unveiling of regular “woodscraper” proposals across the globe. Michael Green, a Canadian architect who is globally renowned for championing the tall timber building industry suggests wooden skylines will reach 30 storeys and that we have the technology in place to build them now.  Nick Hewson, structural engineer at AECOM, agrees but offers a caveat. …“I think there’s probably a timber building sweet spot between four and 15 storeys for a wholly timber building – the range where it will be most effective.” So does combining materials defeat the purpose of using timber?

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Forestry

Untrained workers create ‘wild west’ in arborist industry

Certified arborist Jamie Enright concerned ‘a lot of people are going to get hurt’
CBC News
August 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A certified arborist is comparing his industry to the “wild west” as more and more people are taking up the job with little to no training in an attempt to cash in on the demand created by the emerald ash borer. Jamie Enright said that while he has been trained to use ropes to climb up towering trees and saw down the branches one by one, there’s a growing number of unskilled labourers doing this type of work, which is not a restricted trade in Ontario. “A lot of them don’t even know there’s such a thing as certification,” he said. “It’s just like the wild west. Everybody’s getting into it because there seems to be some easy money to be made. Just like the wild west, a lot of people are going to get hurt.”

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Forestry in Algonquin Provincial Park puts products in pantries

From wood chips to potato chips
Muskoka Region
August 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada


ALGONQUIN PARK – There could be a bit of Algonquin Provincial Park in nearly every bag of Doritos. And Jeff Muzzi, resource forester for Ensyn Technologies Inc. based in Renfrew, says there are also traces of the province’s oldest park in a variety of brand name barbecue sauces, potato chips, bacon, spice mixes and more. It is because the company turns lumber mill sawdust into products such as liquid and crystalized smoke flavouring. And there is a direct connection to the park.

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Area log rollers shine at World Championships

Stillwater Gazette
August 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Log rolling is alive and well in the St Croix River Valley. Once a lumberjack pastime, log rolling has evolved into a competitive sport and five local log rollers competed in the 56th Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wis., on July 28-30. Ellie Davenport, a senior at St Croix Preparatory Academy, battled into the finals and earned second place on the world stage of professional log rolling. She ranked 13th in log rolling last year when her best finish of the year was seventh place. She unexpectedly took the tournament circuit by storm this year and came home with three first-place finishes and two second-place finishes — a dramatic improvement for a 17-year-old professional.

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Colorado trees dying after early fall freeze

The Coloradoan
August 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PUEBLO – Trees in Pueblo and the rest of Southeastern Colorado are dying following an unexpected hard freeze and an insect invasion, hitting some trees and bushes especially hard, including ash, cottonwood, elm, willow trees and even hedges on front lawns. Experts say it may be two or three years before they know the extent of the damage. Colorado State Forest Service spokesman Keith Wood is advising people to wait-and-see for some trees, but many property owners are opting for removal of trees and bushes that appear to be dead. Wood said most mountain areas escaped last November’s hard freeze, where temperatures dropped 40 degrees in 15 hours and froze the sap east of the Continental Divide.

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Feds seek input on Headwaters Forest tree thinning proposal

Eureka Times-Standard
August 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In order to make room for older, larger trees in a forest, there has to be more room to branch out. That’s what the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking to do again in the 7,500-acre Headwaters Forest Reserve just southeast of Eureka — and it’s now calling for members of the public to weigh in on the preliminary plan. “What we want to do is accelerate the development of old-growth characteristics,” said Jeff Fontana, public affairs officer of the bureau’s Northern California District. “By taking out those smaller competing trees, those trees left in the stand have less competition.”

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Zinke knows little about forests or forest fires

Helena Independent Record
August 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This is how much Congressman Ryan Zinke doesn’t know about forests in Montana and the wildlife that live there. In his IR opinion column on Aug. 11, Zinke claimed that we have spotted owls in Montana and that logging somehow prevents forest fires. His solution to hot, dry summers was to introduce a radical bill to greatly increase logging while simultaneously reducing public review and comment and nullifying our First Amendment right in the Constitution to challenge federal government actions. Zinke is completely wrong about both. Spotted owl habitat is on the Washington-Oregon-Northern California coast, not Montana. He is also wrong on forest fires, their causes and what logging will or won’t do to prevent wildfires. Both experience and the latest scientific studies refute his position entirely.

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Murkowski: Take roadless rule to Supreme Court

Juneau Empire
August 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KETCHIKAN — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski discussed land, Arctic development and the 2016 presidential race while in Ketchikan last week. Alaska should take its Roadless Rule challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court, Murkowski said in an Aug. 8 interview with the Ketchikan Daily News. Alaska’s senior Republican senator said the July 29 decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — that the Clinton-era rule still applies to the Tongass National Forest — was “wrong and wrong-headed.” “I don’t think we give up until there is no more avenues to proceed,” she said.

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Sen. Baldwin tours logging site week after signing of new forest management deal

WJFW TV 12 Wisconsin
August 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Rhinelander – Loggers will likely get to log more trees in northern Wisconsin soon thanks to an agreement signed last week between the U.S. Forest Service and the Wisconsin DNR. The agreement is called Good Neighbor Authority and it allows state workers to help manage federal forestry. It’s one of the first agreements of its kind in the country.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) thinks this agreement will boost timber sales by 25 percent next year. “And that is certainly welcome news to those who use our forest products for their small businesses across the region,” Baldwin said.  It seems like even better news to local loggers, many of whom are in favor of the agreement. 

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Maine can’t cut more trees from its public forests on a whim

Bangor Daily News
August 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As lawmakers departed Augusta last month, they left a debate unsettled about how much wood to cut from Maine’s public forests, how to use the revenue from those logging operations, and what will become of $11.5 million in voter-approved, land-protection bonds. In the coming weeks, a 15-member commission will start meeting to sort out parts of the debate — mainly, how state officials should determine how much wood to cut from 400,000 acres of state-owned land and the proper use for the related revenues. The commission, written into the state’s new two-year budget, evolved this spring out of a dispute among lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage over the governor’s push to harvest more timber from state-owned forests. 

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Morris spared by emerald ash borer – so far

Morris Herald News
August 16, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MORRIS – Ash trees around Morris bare newly spray-painted pink dots in city parks and parkways. Parkway trees might be marked, but it doesn’t mean they’re getting cut down. Morris Public Works Director Jim Gretencord said the dot signifies the tree is an ash and the city will monitor it for potential decay caused by the invasive emerald ash borer beetle. “Three or four years ago, we thought it’d wipe out all the ash trees in the county,” Gretencord said. “It hasn’t happened in Morris.”

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Hemlock tree-killing pest discovered near Holland

Mlive.com
August 13, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PARK TOWNSHIP, MI — State forestry officials have confirmed the presence of a hemlock tree-killing insect near Holland. Three locations in Park Township have tested positive for the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive pest that sucks the sap from young hemlock twigs, causing the needles to dry out, and eventually, causing the tree to die. An arborist working the area made the discovery in June, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Impacted property owners have been notified and the known infested trees are being treated,” the agency said in a release. Origin of the infestation is unknown. A “comprehensive response plan” is currently in the works. The entirety of Park Township north of Lake Macatawa has been declared an “area of concern.”

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Forest Fires

At least one home destroyed as two fast-moving wildfires threaten Oliver

Canadian Press in the Province
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

OLIVER, B.C. — At least one home has been destroyed after two fast-moving wildfires forced hundreds of residents to leave their homes in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. The property was lost in the massive Testalinden fire about seven kilometres south of Oliver, said Zoe Kirk with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. The blaze was ignited Friday evening and by Saturday morning it covered 13 square kilometres and was still growing. The smaller fire, the Wilsons Mountain blaze one kilometre north of Oliver, had grown to about two square kilometres. …Both fires were burning in scrub brush on steep, western hillsides above the agricultural area surrounding the town itself.

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B.C. Fires: Province burns through wildfire budget again

Forestry expert warns B.C. needs to spend more money on prevention
CBC News
August 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Critics say the province is spending huge amounts of taxpayers money fighting forest fires when it should be focusing its efforts on preventing them. Climate models predict hot, dry summers will be the new normal in B.C., and forestry experts such as Lori Daniels say the province needs to be realistic. The province allocated $63 million to fight wildfires and burned through that within weeks of the forest fire season taking off in May. As of today, the bill is $198 million — more than three times what was budgeted — and climbing. The province has overspent its wildfire budget for nine out of the past 10 years. B.C’s Forests minister Steve Thomson says that’s because the province doesn’t want to tie up the funds.

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Smoke advisory lifted for Port Renfrew, Cowichan Valley

Times Colonist
August 16, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A forest fire near Lizard Lake continues to cover about 250 hectares, but a smoky skies advisory for the Port Renfrew area and the Cowichan Valley was lifted Sunday. The fire, suspected to be human-caused, is about 11.5 kilometres northeast of Port Renfrew and about 27 kilometres southwest of the town of Lake Cowichan. The smoky skies advisory, issued by the Ministry of Environment in colloboration with Island Health, was called off because of improving air quality and a prediction of negligible impact from smoke for the time being. Since the fire is still active, the advisory could be reissued. The Pacific Marine Road between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan remains closed.

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Wildfire near Port Renfrew jumps in size to 250 hectares

By Jeff Bell
Victoria Times Colonist
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The size of the forest fire near Lizard Lake was estimated at about 250 hectares Saturday, up from 150 hectares. “Some of that is just being able to actually see the thing finally for the first time in a long time,” said Donna MacPherson, fire information officer for the Coastal Fire Centre. Heavy smoke had prevented fire crews from getting a full view of the blaze. Winds of up to 40 kilometres an hour caused the fire to grow, as well, MacPherson said. The good news is that the fire is now 20 per cent contained, she said. It is suspected to be human-caused. The fire is burning about 11.5 kilometres northeast of Port Renfrew and 27 kilometres southwest of Cowichan Lake, but Port Renfrew has had considerably less smoke.

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Wildfires have burned up to 300,000 acres in Northwest

King 5 News
August 13, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE — Wildfires have burned almost 300,000 acres in Washington, Oregon and Idaho in the past 90 days as of Wednesday morning, according to information posted on InciWeb. That acreage is equivalent to over 462 square miles, which is more than three times the size of Seattle (142.5 square miles) and 50% larger than New York City (304.6 square miles). Thirty-four different fires are listed as active between the three states, including the 83,000 acre Soda Fire in southwest Idaho near the Oregon border. The Soda wildfire closed US 95 Tuesday night, has burned one structure, and is threatening a number of ranches in the area. Its cause is not known, but officials believe it may have sparked by a lightning strike.

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Our View: Feeling the Burn on Fire Funding

Twin Falls Times-News
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Let’s call them what they really are: Wildfires are disasters, just like floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. That’s no secret in Western states, where wildfires are growing in number and intensity every year. For the first time, the U.S. Forest Service now spends more than half its budget fighting them, leaving less and less money each year to actually manage the forests. And because of climate change and other factors, the problem is only going to get worse unless we make real, fundamental shifts to the way we manage forests and fight fires. Idaho’s Republican senators – Mike Crapo and Jim Risch – realized the need for change long ago and have been pushing legislation to fund the largest wildfires like natural disasters, rather than taking the money from the regular Forest Service budget.

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Fires close highways, trails near Crater, Diamond lakes

Statesman Journal
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


Campers and other visitors in the Diamond Lake recreation area are being told to be ready to evacuate as a precaution because of the National Creek Complex Fire burning nearby. The fires are located inside Crater Lake National Park and on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest that borders the Umpqua National Forest where the recreation area is located. A campfire ban went into effect Wednesday across the Umpqua National Forest. Portable cooking stoves using pressurized liquefied gas or propane are permitted. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Transportation have closed several trails and roads because of fire danger and the ongoing efforts to fight fires.

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Friday Northern And Central California Wildfires Update

Capital Public Radio
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A look at the details of some of the major fires burning in Northern and Central California. This story is updated several times through the day, as new information becomes available. Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern, Wragg, Frog, Willow and Lowell. …The Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, northeast of Middleton, is now 25,054 acres with 71 percent containment. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Jerusalem Valley area east of Spruce Grove. Cal Fire says the adjacent Rocky Fire stands at 69,438 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties and is now 100 percent contained.

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Fire near Simi Valley threatens homes; another burns 1,800 acres near Glendora

Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Amid a heat wave expected to last into next week, firefighters were battling two growing brush fires Friday in L.A. and Ventura counties. A fire was burning in the hills above Simi Valley, prompting an aggressive response from firefighters in the air and on the ground. The Rustic fire has burned at least 150 acres. The Rustic fire broke out as afternoon temperatures climbed into triple digits and was burning on hillsides near homes. About 500 homes were threatened, according to Capt. Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department but no evacuations have been ordered.

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[UPDATED] Firefighters respond to several starts near Helena; crews fighting wildfires across western Montana

Helena Independent Record
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Friday evening’s cold front brought abundant lightning and strong gusty winds to the Helena region, along with a number of new wildfires, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said in news release. DNRC and Montana City fire crews responded to a fire located west of McClellan Creek Road in the northwest foothills of the Elkhorn Mountains, about five miles south of East Helena. The fire was reported around 3 p.m. Saturday. Helena National Forest spokeswoman Kathy Bushnell reported that the fire was about one acre in size with several engines making good progress on suppressing it.

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Bullock declares fire emergency for Montana

Helena Independent Record
August 16, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Steve Bullock issued an executive order Sunday declaring a fire emergency for the state of Montana. The declaration allows Bullock to mobilize more state resources and the Montana National Guard for firefighting, and to draw funds to meet the costs associated with additional resources. The declaration comes after a meeting between Bullock, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation director John Tubbs and Montana state forester Bob Harrington, the governor’s office said in a news release. “Montana is facing extreme fire conditions. This declaration will provide additional resources to the brave men and women fighting these fires,” Bullock said in a statement.

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Large Washington fire burns buildings near Canadian border

Associated Press in Longview Daily News
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – A wildfire in a rugged area of northern Washington state near the Canadian border was one of several that chased hundreds of people from their homes Friday in the drought-stricken state, authorities said. A spokesman for an interagency team fighting fires in Washington state said late Friday evening that officials no longer believe the fire was caused by a fatal plane crash in the vicinity. The blaze that has burned about 7 square miles near Oroville, Washington, and a hundred acres in Canada has burned about 10 buildings, including residences, Jim Archambeault said. It is threatening about 660 homes and has forced more than 400 people to evacuate.

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Vintage Oregon: Wildfire fighting gear through the years (PHOTOS)

The Oregonian
August 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters on the front lines of the out-of-control wildland fires consuming huge swaths of the Northwest this week are outfitted with state-of-the-art bunker gear. Insulated canteens. GPS units. Folding foil shelters. Breathable yet flame-resistant Nomex clothing. Lightweight helmets with ratchet suspension and headlamps. Xtremium-toed smoke jumper boots. Holy smokes! Wildfire outfits are light years away from the sweaters, overalls, felt hats and rakes that passed for protection and equipment in a 1945 Oregonian photo of three mean building a fire line against a pesky Skyline Boulevard fire in Portland’s west hills.

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Idaho woman killed preparing to flee wild fire

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

KAMIAH, IDAHO — A 70-year-old woman was killed when she fell while preparing to flee from a wildfire expanding quickly east of Lewiston, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday. Authorities said Cheryl Lee Wissler of Adams Grade died Friday from a head injury she sustained when she fell. An estimated 30 homes and 75 other structures were lost to the blaze, the sheriff’s department said. The fire is surrounding the small town of Kamiah, about 60 miles east of Lewiston, and burned to the edge of Clearwater River, directly across the water from downtown.

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Rough Fire grows to more than 12,000 acres

ABC News
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) — The Rough Fire east of Fresno in the Sierra National Forest is expected to eventually burn between 30,000 and 40,000 acres. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the fire jumped the middle fork of the Kings River yesterday, increasing the size of the fire tonight to more than 12,000 acres. Around 200 firefighters with the forest service are dealing with incredibly steep terrain, which not only poses a safety issue, but makes the fire difficult to contain. So they’re relying on historic fire lines from previous wildfires and the area’s natural terrain to help them fight it.

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Evacuees breathe easier after dodging 2 California wildfires

Associated Press in Daily Astorian
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

LOWER LAKE, Calif.  — Mountain-town dwellers who had to evacuate — some for the second time in days — were breathing a bit easier as firefighters took major steps toward controlling the latest wildfire in this area 100 miles north of San Francisco. Fire crews — with the help of a firebreak cleared by her husband — saved the summer home in Lower Lake of Nicole Ruff, who twice fled separate fires in the past week with her family. “This is something I’ve never experienced before,” the 25-year-old Ruff said. “It made me rethink everything in life.” The most recent fire broke out Sunday, and by late Thursday had burned 38 square miles of thick brush and oak trees in Lake and Napa counties. It is 50 percent contained.

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New Jersey sending crews to fight western wildfires

Associated Press in Idaho Statesman
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey is sending personnel and trucks west to help battle wildfires there. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said Friday the New Jersey Forest Fire Service is sending 32 firefighters along with three trucks to fight blazes in Montana, Idaho and Oregon as part of an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Martin says 20 state employees are set to fly out Saturday and three engines are leaving Friday. The personnel assignments are expected to last two weeks. The trucks will remain as long as needed. The state DEP says wildfires across the country have burned 5.5 million acres through July.

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Closer Look At Wildfires Burning in McDowell County

ABC News
August 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Forest officials gave News 13 a closer look into the woods as they cut lines to stop a wildfire from spreading in the Bald Knob area. The Bald Knob fire was started by a lightning strike on July 17 and now has burned more than 1,000 acres in the Pisgah National Forest. According to U.S. Forest officials, that fire is 30 percent contained and more than 200 firefighters are on the ground fighting it. The Wolf Creek fire near Old Fort is 60 percent contained and has burned 305 acres. As of Thursday, crews are just monitoring that fire from helicopters.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Models for predicting carbon levels in Central African forests

Phys.org
August 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

ULB and Gembloux Agro Bio-Tech (ULg) researchers are developing models for predicting carbon levels in Central African forests based on measuring only 5% of all trees. In addition to being a lot more effective, their work is also revealing for the first time in Central Africa the key role played by “hyperdominant” species for storing forest carbon. Their research is published in Scientific Reports, an open access journal belonging to the Nature group.Several studies have recently shown that large trees, and about 1% of the species are the main structural elements of the forests of the Amazon basin. But what about Central Africa? And how can we use these results to better understand and monitor the status of tropical forests, covering large and often inaccessible areas?

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General

Peninsula’s fifth wildfire of season ignites west of Quilcene in Olympic National Park

Peninsula Daily News
August 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — As the fire season continues heating up, a fifth wildfire has been discovered in the Olympic Mountains. The new burn — named the Hayes Fire — was discovered Saturday near the Hayden Pass Trail west of Quilcene by a reconnaissance flight. The Hayes Fire is burning an unknown amount of terrain inside the Olympic National Park, and managers were expected to make a reconnaissance visit to the site Sunday, said Tacy Skinner, spokeswoman for the Paradise Fire management team. “It’s in very difficult terrain. They are looking to see if it is safe to put in a team,” Skinner said.

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Why California’s fires are burning longer and harder

PBS Newshour
August 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorised
Region: United States, US West

GWEN IFILL: Twelve thousand firefighters are battling 14 active wildfires in California, and the state, which is in its fourth year of drought, is on track t o have one of its worst fire seasons ever. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise spent time this week in one of the hardest-hit areas, Lake County, north of San Francisco. WOMAN: Is there a fire by you? Someone just called one in. And they said they’re seeing flames and black smoke. CAT WISE: Rancher Lonne Sloan is keeping a close eye on the horizon these days. For the past week, Sloan and her husband, Larry, have been on the front lines of wildfires raging across California. Their 340-acre ranch, near the town of Lower Lake, went up in flames last Wednesday during one of the state’s biggest fires so far this year called the Rocky Fire.

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