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Business & Politics

Foreign-funded radicals – Peter Foster

Obama may be on the point of giving Keystone XL a definitive thumbs down
National Post
August 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

… A much greater priority should be to investigate the role of foreign interests in trying to tank the Canadian housing market, indeed the whole economy, by retarding resource and pipeline development. Both foreign and foreign-funded environmental NGOs’ disproportionate and often coercive power has been critical in holding up the Keystone XL pipeline, which has become the focus for a larger campaign of misinformation and intimidation regarding the oil sands. And this isn’t just about oil. It’s also about hard rock mining and forestry. The Prime Minister noted last weekend that the NDP “binds itself with groups that are trying to shut down the Canadian forest industry.” Again, the most powerful of those groups are foreign-based, although they have scores of radical local allies. They all tend to have contempt for democracy.Recently, the ongoing one-way “war in the woods” has seen a welcome counterattack from Resolute Forest Products in the form of a lawsuit against Greenpeace for defamation and interference with economic relations.

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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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Lumber Liquidators (LL) Stock Surging on Tiger Management Stake

The Street
August 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK –Shares of Lumber Liquidators are jumping by 8.46% to $14.11 in mid-day trading on Friday afternoon, following hedge fund Tiger Management’s new stake in the company, Reuters reports. Tiger Management took a new position of 238,000 shares, an almost $5 million stake, in the hardwood flooring retailer. Lumber Liquidators stock has been taking a beating this year, following a CBS 60 Minutes report suggesting that the hardwood flooring materials the company gets out of China contains a hazardous level of the cancer causing chemical formaldehyde.

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USDA GAIN report highlights EU pellet, biogas markets

Biomass Magazine
August 17, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s bioenergy sector, including data on the use of wood pellets and biogas. According to the report, the EU is the world’s largest wood pellet market, with a consumption level of approximately 18.7 million metric tons of wood pellets last year. Demand is expected to grow to nearly 21 million metric tons by next year, with equal shares expected to go to industrial and household use. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

CLT featured in $32 million St. John’s, N.L. project

Daily Commercial News
August 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Contractor EllisDon is midway through construction of a $32 million community recreation centre in the city of St. John’s, N.L. that incorporates cross-laminated timber (CLT). Supplied by Timber Systems Ltd. and installed by subcontractor BHE Enterprises, the CLT covers the roof of the gymnasium and pool. The product is installed on top of structural steel beams. In all, 4,500 square metres of CLT is being put to use at the city-owned facility in Wedgewood Park, said Timber Systems President Gary Williams. The project is being undertaken by a team that includes prime consultant Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc. and CEI Architecture. The firms collaborated on the design of the building. The Paul Reynolds Community Centre is reportedly the second project in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector in the province to incorporate cross-laminated timber.

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The Kenyan company recycling paper into pencils

BBC News
August 14, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

If paper is made out of wood, what happens when you try to reverse the process? In Kenya, a company has found an innovative way to create environmentally-friendly branded pencils from old newspapers. For Africa Business Report, the BBC visited the Green Pencils factory in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to find out how it all works.

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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

Using drought as an opportunity to learn more about trees

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
August 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…In a forest, if a tree doesn’t fall, the soil won’t be replenished with nutrients. Of course, mowing them down hundreds of acres at a time will hurt the planet because trees consume carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and give off oxygen. That biological fact was lost on President Ronald Reagan in 1981 who said: “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.” Though trees do release terpenes and isoprenes, kinds of volatile organic compounds, they are not the reason why we have smog. VOCs from cars, trucks, paints and power plants mixing with sunlight creates ozone, the main component of smog. I remember because I wrote a column on this for my college newspaper in 1981.

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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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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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Supper with the last of Maine’s fabled logging camp cooks

Bangor Daily News
August 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

OFF THE GOLDEN ROAD, Maine — One can read the history of Maine’s North Woods in a pot of beans. Lumber barons have come and gone, their vast tracts of land bought, sold and sold again. Actual horse power has been replaced by motors, and handsaws have bowed to chain saws, skidders and mechanized harvesters more expensive than most houses. This means fewer workers in the Maine woods these days, but there’s still one thing all the money, mechanization and modernity hasn’t yet replaced. Latter day loggers are still hungry at the workday’s end, and for those lucky enough to work with one of Maine’s last camp cooks, a cauldron of baked beans awaits them, the recipe as tasty now as it was 100 years ago.

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OPINION: Putting brake on Pine Barren damage

My Central Jersey
August 17, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

At 125,000 acres, Wharton State Forest in the Pine Barrens is by far the largest state-owned forest in New Jersey. In fact, it’s bigger than the land area of Essex and Hudson counties combined. This sprawling forest in the heart of the Pine Barrens is notable for its diversity of wildlife, including rare plants and threatened and endangered animals like Pine Barrens treefrogs. Since Wharton was purchased in the mid-1950s, motorized vehicles have been allowed to travel its network of sandy roads to tour the quiet of the forest’s interior, visit historic ghost towns and find places to put in a canoe. But in recent years, motor vehicle use in Wharton has veered out of control.

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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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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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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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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Your chance for input on climate policy

August 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

This summer’s forest fires have brought the reality of climate change to the forefront of British Columbians’ concerns. You now have the opportunity to influence our province’s future policies on addressing climate change and reducing our collective greenhouse gas emissions. Last month the BC Government presented their “Climate Leadership Plan – Discussion Paper,” and the public input period ends Aug. 17. We encourage everyone to complete the online survey. While we applaud the leadership team for requesting the public’s input, our local Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter is concerned the proposed goals are too vague and do not outline a clear process as to how these actions will occur, how they will be monitored, and what remedies would be in place to enforce new policies.

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Congress Can’t Legislate Away Troubling Truths About Biomass Energy

By Kevin Bundy and Mary Booth
Roll Call
August 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The science is clear: To head off climate change’s worst effects, we must rapidly shift from fossil fuels to clean, efficient, low-carbon alternatives. But not all alternative energy sources are created equal. Generating electricity by burning wood and other “biomass” could actually make our climate problems worse. President Barack Obama’s new Clean Power Plan, released on August 3, acknowledges the potential for a biomass pollution problem. Unfortunately, some members of Congress think they can legislate away the scientific facts altogether. Senate and House appropriators have advanced bill language that would force the EPA to ignore carbon pollution from burning trees, regardless of what the science says.

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The UK plans to build the world’s largest wood-burning power plant

Wood pellets, which are low in sulphur and chlorine, will be primarily used to fuel the plant.Image via power-technology
ZME Science
August 17, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The United Kingdom has announced plans to build the world’s largest biomass powerplant. The Tees Renewable Energy Plant will be located in the Port of Teesside, Middlesbrough and it will have a capacity of 299 MW. While the plant is designed to be able to function on a wide range of biofuels, its main intended power sources are wood pellets and chips, of which the plant is expected to use more than 2.4mt a year. The feedstock will be sourced from certified sustainable forestry projects developed by the MGT team and partners in North and South America, and the Baltic States, and supplied to the project site by means of ships.

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Forest Fires

Communities united

Castanet News
August 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Amidst the fire, smoke and disruption of two major interface fires and hundreds of overnight evacuations, the people of Oliver and Midway are coming together to help those effected by the flames. Premier Christy Clark, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson and Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson saw this first hand today, visiting the communities and hearing stories of close calls, survival and assistance from those who escaped the blaze and those who now are helping them recover. “Some people only had minutes to leave their homes or campsites, many with only the clothes on their backs. In speaking with evacuees and volunteers today, I have been inspired by their stories of kindness for others,” said Clark. 

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‘Complete devastation’ as Rock Creek wildfire consumes homes and buildings

Vancouver Sun
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West
NEAR ROCK CREEK — A forest fire blazing near the small southern Interior town of Rock Creek has claimed some buildings, including houses, B.C.’s Wildfire Service said Friday. But it was too early to say how many houses have been lost, B.C. fire and regional officials said. When Jackie Neugebaur saw towering flames leap from the hills onto the highway next to her commercial campground, she knew she had to run. …The fire grew to an estimated 800 hectares within hours, shut down a pair of highways and prompted an evacuation of hundreds of homes, said fire information officer Fanny Bernard. “Our main priority is structure protection,” Bernard said Friday, adding that 20 firefighters worked overnight trying to save homes.

Canadian Press in the Prince George Citizen – B.C. Interior wildfire forces evacuations, burns buildings

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B.C. wildfire destroys dozens of homes, forces hundreds to flee

Globe and Mail/Canadian Press
August 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire that ripped across British Columbia’s Southern Okanagan forced hundreds of people to flee and destroyed 30 homes, the most the drought-stricken province has lost since the devastating fire season of 2003. The Rock Creek fire, which is believed to have been caused by a human and was aided by heavy winds, continued to burn out of control Sunday over more than 37 square kilometres. The blaze left charred buildings and vehicles in its wake and prompted an outpouring of community support, with B.C. Premier Christy Clark vowing her government would do everything possible to support those in need.

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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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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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Northeast Fire Region Forest Fire Situation Update – August 15

Wawa News
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

There were seven new fires confirmed by the afternoon of August 15. These fires range in size from 0.1 to 7 hectares. Of note, Timmins 12 is not under control at 7 hectares and is located near Potier Lake. Yesterday there were two fires confirmed in the region. Sault Ste. Marie 16 and Algonquin Park 8 have been declared out. The forest fire hazard is moderate to high throughout the region.

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Oregon Wildfires Force More Than 1,000 To Evacuate

Oregon Public Broadcasting
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Dean Elliot stands beside the smoldering remains of his home of 53 years. “You could have put all the water you had on this,” said Elliot. “And it would have never slowed it down.” He and his wife evacuated Friday just minutes before the Canyon Creek Complex ripped down a ridge and along the creek where they lived. They took with them clothes, some photos, money and two of their three cats. They couldn’t find the third cat, but they’re hoping it escaped the fire. Across Oregon more than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate homes, ranches and resorts due to wildfires that blew up Friday when winds kicked up to 20 miles per hour.

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Saturday, 11:30 a.m. UPDATE: Sucker Creek fire continues to grow, evacuation remain in place

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

The Helena National Forest reports that the Sucker Creek fire has burned approximately 2,300 acres northeast of Lincoln. The increased size was determined based on better estimates from the incident commander, said public affairs officer Kathy Bushnell. No structures are directly threatened at this time. Water drops and retardant drops were used yesterday along with ground crews, which may be used again today. The fire was quiet overnight and remains minimally active this morning, according to the Forest Service. Firefighters, with help from a helicopter, continue to aggressively suppress the spot fires on the east side of Copper Creek Road. There are five small spot fires, with the largest of the five at a quarter acre.

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Western wildfires: Wind, heat, dry land fueling large blazes

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

Winds in the West are helping stoke wildfires sweeping across the Northern Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, posing problems for firefighters trying to contain the flames fed by drought. Firefighters across the Pacific Northwest are working to protect property from fast-moving wildfires that destroyed multiple homes in eastern Oregon, cut off power in Washington and forced thousands of evacuations throughout the region. Drought conditions, winds and dry brush are combining to fuel wildfires throughout the West.

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Oregon fire bosses largely empty handed for days while tackling Eldorado fire

The Oregonian
August 16, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

UPDATE: Windy weather expected to return to the region as more crews arrive. Among the ranks of Oregon’s major wildfires currently burning, the Eldorado is the forgotten one. The fire is burning through sagelands and into forest in a barren patch of Oregon between John Day and Ontario. By Sunday night, the Eldorado had covered 20,070 acres – the equivalent of 31 square miles. There is little to damage compared to homes lost or threatened in Oregon’s other fires. Marvin Vetter, Oregon Department of Forestry operations section chief, considered a question about what structures remained at risk in territory stretching from the isolated towns of Unity and Ironside.

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John Day-area fire jumps to 34,000 acres, gobbles at least 26 homes

Oregon Live
August 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

At least 26 homes burned to the ground near John Day, including one belonging to a state trooper who remained on duty as the Canyon Creek Complex fire grew into a 34,000-acre monster, fire officials confirmed Saturday. The wildfire, sparked Wednesday by a lightning strike, leveled the rural home of Dean and Courtney Fox. Melissa Fox, niece of Dean Fox, said that the couple decided to try to save the house situated 13 miles south of John Day, despite an evacuation order.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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General

Why California’s fires are burning longer and harder

PBS Newshour
August 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
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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Your chance for input on climate policy

August 17, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

This summer’s forest fires have brought the reality of climate change to the forefront of British Columbians’ concerns. You now have the opportunity to influence our province’s future policies on addressing climate change and reducing our collective greenhouse gas emissions. Last month the BC Government presented their “Climate Leadership Plan – Discussion Paper,” and the public input period ends Aug. 17. We encourage everyone to complete the online survey. While we applaud the leadership team for requesting the public’s input, our local Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter is concerned the proposed goals are too vague and do not outline a clear process as to how these actions will occur, how they will be monitored, and what remedies would be in place to enforce new policies.

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