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Daily Archives: August 19, 2015

Froggy Foibles

Angel’s Envy Fights Bourbon Barrel Shortage

Paste Magazine
August 19, 2015
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Did you know that there is currently a bourbon barrel shortage? … the lumber industry, and subsequently coopers, have struggled to keep up with the demands of the exploding bourbon industry. Between 2010 and 2013, bourbon production increased by 50%. That’s a huge leap, which requires a lot of new white oak barrels (by law, bourbon must be aged in new white oak barrels), but the financial crisis of 2007-2008 forced many loggers to leave the lumber industry. Things seem to be rebounding as of late, but according to the WSJ, “Conditions are tough for the little guys. Craft distillers have turned to consultants for help finding barrels.”

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Business & Politics

Canada’s natural-resource wealth must be included on balance sheets

Globe and Mail
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The amount of natural-resource wealth within Canada’s borders is impressive. Natural-resource assets, which include timber, oil, natural gas and other subsoil minerals, have been valued by Statistics Canada at about $1-trillion. This puts Canada in an enviable position relative to other countries. As with financial and produced or physical assets, natural capital (land, ecosystems and natural-resource stock) generates economic value in various ways. Accounting for Canada’s natural capital enables informed policy and capital-allocation decision making.

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Beatty: Aboriginals can profit from natural resources

Calgary Herald
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the most critical issues facing the natural resources sector is engaging and involving the aboriginal communities that live near or on the land where projects need to operate. This is one of the first steps companies must take in achieving the legal and social licence needed to extract and transport our resources to markets. Unfortunately, a history of legal uncertainty and mistrust has plagued many efforts to advance projects. The resulting confrontations between aboriginal communities and resource companies have been the subject of intense media focus. But this confrontation narrative has hidden another important side to this story — the increasing numbers of successful collaborations.

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Profile of Chad Wasilenkoff, executive chairman, Fortress Paper Ltd.

The bargain-finder school of business
Business in Vancouver
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Chad Wasilenkoff, executive chairman of Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP), is one of the more unconventional businessmen you are likely to meet. The 43-year-old businessman cares little for corporate prestige and takes some pride in being “anti-corporate.” His company’s head office is in a small, nondescript building sitting on top of a McDonald’s at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Wasilenkoff doesn’t have an office or a desk. He doesn’t even have a home in Vancouver anymore. He recently sold it, and his wife and two sons now live in California.

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Two Quebec companies to create new joint venture to manufacture treated wood

Brandon Sun
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

DELSON, Que. – Two Quebec-based companies are planning to form one of Eastern Canada’s largest producers of treated wood, with seven plants in four provinces.
The joint venture would own Goodfellow Inc.’s three plants in Delson, Que., Elmsdale, N.S., and Deer Lake, N.L. and Lebel Cambium’s two Ontario plants (Bancroft and Caledon) and two Quebec plants (Degelis and St-Joseph). Goodfellow Inc. of Delson (TSX:GDL) would be its exclusive distributor for the joint venture. It’s currently a dstributor and manufacturer of lumber and hardwood flooring. Group Lebel Cambium is a family-owned integrated lumber producer headquartered in Riviere-du-Loup, Que. [END OF STORY]

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LETTER: Questionable bedfellows for local mayors

Letter by Jim Brown
Timmins Press
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IROQUOIS FALLS – It must amaze some Northerners that our regional mayors would want to work with Greenpeace, Resolute Forest Products and Quebec mayors. Firstly, Greenpeace are not signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CFBA) http://cbfa-efbc.ca/signatories/, secondly, Resolute FP has no interest in the part of Ontario and Canada, since turning their Crown wood rights back to the crown. Politically they are simply looking for friends, and it looks like the Ontario Mayors have taken the bait. The real battle, and it’s personal, is between Greenpeace and Mr. Garneau, nothing more. Standing up for Quebec communities and Resolute wood rights are of no consequence or interest to Ontario. Wood only flows one way, and that’s into Quebec and not out of.

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McRae Lumber receives BAFIA award

Bancroft This Week
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

McRae Lumber was honoured with the Forestry Legacy Award from the Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association. One of the goals of BAFIA is to promote the long term sustainability and vitality of the forest industry in the Bancroft area. The Bancroft area as well as the Ottawa Valley has been very dependent on the forest industry and on the families that have maintained the forests since the 1800s. The McRae family is one of the forest families that has provided five generations of employment and sustainable forestry practices that have given us a legacy to support our forest industry into the future. Last week, Larry McTaggart, BAFIA president, presented one of the BAFIA Legacy Awards to the McRae family in Whitney.

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Forest management, arrearage are critiqued at Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce meeting

Peninsula Daily News
August 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — The state Department of Natural Resources should do better at keeping jobs on the North Olympic Peninsula, a Forks city official said Monday. Rod Fleck, city attorney and planner, told Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce members that the DNR was supposed to sell — but didn’t — 247 million board feet of timber on county trust lands in the Olympic region in the past decade. That unsold timber, or arrearage, contributed to the recent demise of the Interfor sawmill in Beaver and planer mill in Forks, the Green Creek mill in west Port Angeles and the Allen Logging Co. mill south of Forks, Fleck said. Officials with all three of those mills cited a lack of logs as one reason for closing.

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Timber executive Andrew Miller helps Independents win major party status in Oregon

Oregon Live
August 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Andrew Miller, the politically active CEO of the Portland-based Stimson Lumber Company, ponied up $5,300 for a direct-mail campaign to help ensure that the Independent Party would have enough registrants to win major-party status. Sal Peralta, the Independent Party secretary, said the money paid for a mailing to some 20,000 unaffiliated voters and inactive Independent voters urging them sign up with the party by Aug. 16. The party exceeded the threshold by 624; Peralta said he didn’t know how many new registrations were prompted by the mailing. Miller said he hoped that the Independent Party could attract some strong candidates who don’t fit well in either of the two major parties.

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Forestry Makes $18.6 Billion Impact to SC (& video)

The forest products industry in South Carolina has rebounded from $360 million in damage from the February 2014 ice storm.
WLTX19
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Forestry Commission announced Tuesday the forestry industry contributes $18.6 billion to the state’s economy. The figure was revealed during a meeting of forestry professionals at the 20/15 Forestry Summit in Columbia. South Carolina Forestry Association President and CEO Cam Crawford said, “South Carolina is the wood basket of the United States and the world.” “We call forestry being an ideal industry, we coined that term because it has so many positive attributes to it, the three circles we talked about, the three aspects are economics, environmental and societal,” said Gene Kodama. He is the director of the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

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Resolute launches campaign against Greenpeace and ForestEthics

Global Timber Forum
August 19, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Canadian forestry giant Resolute Forest Products is responding to allegations made by ForestEthics and Greenpeace about the company’s logging practices with a public relations offensive. According to “tbnewswatch.com” the You Deserve a Voice campaign includes rolling out tens of thousands of dollars in advertising and mail-outs across Northern Ontario and Quebec. Resolute’s email campaign targeted at Greenpeace and ForestEthics is open for participation. The disagreement between the Environmental NGOs (ENGOs) and Resolute arose partly over the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), a collaboration between forestry companies and ENGOs that was to “resolve longstanding differences regarding sustainable forest management in the boreal forest“, according to Resolute. 

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Mixed fortunes for Russian hardwood plywood exports to EU

IHB The Timber Network
August 18, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Russian hardwood plywood deliveries to the EU totalled 323,198 cu.m in the first five months of this year, down 5.3% compared to 341,328 cu.m in the same period of 2014. Deliveries to Germany, the largest single market, declined 18% to 70,320 cu.m. German imports fell particularly sharply in the first quarter due to stock build up at the end of 2014 when several companies ordered extra volumes to fulfil their purchasing quotas and receive related bonuses. However German consumption has remained stable and imports recovered a little in the second quarter.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Big opportunities for prefabricated timber products for high rise buildings, professor says

ABC News, Australia
August 19, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There are hopes Tasmania’s timber industry may find a new path to profitability, with the increasing use of prefabricated timber structures in major building projects. Associate Professor Greg Nolan from the University of Tasmania said European and US builders were using prefabricated timber in major projects already, some up to 14-storeys high. He said using timber reduced the need for steel and concrete, which requires large amounts of energy to be transformed into useable materials. Trees also contain atmospheric carbon, which remains stored if the trees are used as a building product.

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Forestry

Blob-Godzilla combo to affect B.C. coast weather

TimesColonist
August 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER — What will happen when “the blob” meets “Godzilla” off the coast of the Pacific Northwest this year? The question might sound like science fiction, but B.C. scientists are watching closely. Experts forecast this year could bring one of the most intense El Niño events in recorded history, of such strength that some scientists recently dubbed it the “Godzilla El Niño.” The El Niño is expected to bring another warm, dry winter to southern B.C., and experts are watching to see how it combines with a warm-water phenomenon called “the blob” already being observed off the coast of the Pacific Northwest… It’s affecting the forests, it’s affecting the reservoirs. It’s affecting industries, whether that’s fisheries, forestry, ski operations, tourism, and certainly agriculture.”… Lori Daniels, an associate professor in UBC’s forestry faculty, said an El Niño winter will likely mean that the province is in for another bad forest fire season in 2016. 

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Edmonton councillors urged to protect mature trees on infill projects

Edmonton Journal
August 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Community activists called on the city to bring in laws Tuesday to stop trees being chopped down unnecessarily to make way for new homes in mature neighbourhoods. “We have beautiful, beautiful, tall, stately trees on many, many of our properties,” said Lynn Odynski from the Old Glenora Conservation Association. “We have been watching the trees razed to the ground when developers come in to build infill.” The city can’t stop the removal of trees on private property, which Odynski said are a crucial part of an area’s appearance.

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Presence of emerald ash borer beetle confirmed on Île-Perrot

Montreal Gazette
August 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The destructive emerald ash borer has been detected in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot and Pincourt. Civic officials are warning residents to pay heed to their own ash trees for possible infestations. Following a brief inventory of ash trees in Pincourt, an environmental adviser from the Green Line identified signs of infestation on several trees. Certain distinct emerald ash borer indicators were noted, such as thinning tree crowns, D-shaped holes on tree bark and damaged leaves. As a result of these findings, traps were installed to determine the exact cause of these symptoms. Samples were taken and after being analyzed, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer.

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Warm weather, winds raise fire index

The Telegram
August 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

St. Johns — The relatively cool temperatures around the province this summer have provided a reprieve in terms of forest fire concerns, but that could change very quickly if the recent warm weather trend continues. “I’ve been around a long time and this has been the lowest in terms of fire incidents for a long time,” provincial fire standby officer Ivan Downton told The Advertiser Tuesday. “There haven’t really been any big fires. There were a few in the spring, but that was mostly grass fires.”… The island portion of the province saw very little forest fire activity, reporting only 57.6 hectares burned with 78 fires. Comparatively, Labrador proved to be a little more challenging, with 16,759.2 hectares lost in 46 fires.

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CU professor sheds light on pine beetle epidemic

Sky Hi News
August 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…. Where a lush blanket of greenery once nestled up against the alpine tundra, a rusty, scabrous pall spreads across the range’s sub alpine forests. “That’s not a bad picture,” says Jeff Mitton, Ph.D. “It’s a picture of a sorry subject.” Litton is a professor in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. “I don’t have to tell you that the brown there is not bad photography,” Mitton says. “That’s beetle kill.” Mitton came to Adolf’s Event Center & Tavern on Thursday evening, Aug. 13, to speak about the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic as part of a reception held by CU Boulder.

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BLM timber harvest plans displease Lane County commissioners

Associated Press in Statesman Journal
August 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners is set to formally voice opposition to four new alternative management plans proposed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for 2.3 million acres of federal forestland in Western Oregon, known as the “O&C” lands. The stance comes because none of the proposals does enough to ensure “a stream of (timber harvest) revenue to counties,” as was intended in the original O&C Act of 1937, according to a strongly worded analysis drafted by staff members with the timber-rich county. The draft doesn’t specifically call on the BLM to increase logging on its lands.

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N. Korea, Russia sign protocol on forestry cooperation

Yonhap News Agengy
August 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SEOUL — North Korea and Russia signed a protocol on forestry cooperation Tuesday, the North’s state media reported. The protocol was signed in Pyongyang during the 21st meeting of an inter-governmental subcommittee handling forestry issues, the North’s Korean Central Broadcasting Station said, without elaborating on the details of the document. The subcommittee meets once or twice a year. According to sources, about 30,000 North Koreans were working in Russia as of early this year, mainly in the logging industry. North Korea has sought to strengthen ties with Russia amid its increasing isolation from the rest of the international community, including its largest ally and benefactor China. END OF STORY

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Brazilian Government Justifies Logging by Calling Maró Indigenous Territory Communities “Fake Indians”

Upside Down World
August 18, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

“It hurts, as if they were tearing at our bellies.” Apolonildo de Souza Costa, commonly known as Rosí, rests her hand over her stomach to explain how it feels to watch logging boats floating away with stacks of tree trunks along the rivers that bathe the Maró Indigenous Territory in northwestern Pará state. … Hunger is the first effect of the environmental degradation, a consequence of the exodus of game for hunting and the difficulty in collecting fruits. …The group risks itself to combat deforestation inside their lands. [They] spend days combing the 42 thousand hectares of Maró territory in search of invaders. When they find them, generally settled in sawmills, the vigilantes notify Funai and stay in the area until an inspection team arrives. The lumber employees don’t usually react violently. The reaction comes later. 

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Cute native sugar gliders offer pest control solution for southern NSW farmers

ABC News Australia
August 19, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sugar gliders are more than just a cute little creature, they also act as a natural pest control, eating Christmas beetles and protecting young native trees. In the Bega Valley in southern New South Wales landholders are building boxes to house sugar gliders on their properties. Sugar gliders look a lot like a tiny possums, weighing in at just at 160 grams. They spend their nights gliding between trees in search of food. As their name suggests they love their nectar, but they are partial to insects too. Sugar gliders usually live in old tree hollows, but if these aren’t available then a purpose built nesting box is the next best thing. Dr Doug Sommerville has been collecting data measuring the success of the nest boxes on his property.

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Forest Fires

OUR VIEW: Stopping idiocy is just the first step

Burnaby Now
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

As wildfires continue to rage around the province, Premier Christy Clark is making headlines for saying she wants to see harsher penalties for people who start forest fires. This statement, perhaps not surprisingly, came after officials said the devastating fire still burning outside of Rock Creek is believed to be human caused… People who start forest fires should indeed be penalized heavily. In fact, it was a full month ago that Forests Minister Steve Thomson announced a review of existing punishments – tapping Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris (a former RCMP superintendent) to head the review.

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No sign of rumoured video showing tossed cigarette started B.C. wildfire

Vancouver Sun
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

ROCK CREEK — Days after a wildfire destroyed 30 homes in southeast British Columbia, rumoured video of a tossed cigarette that sparked the blaze hasn’t been found. The Forests Ministry said Tuesday that investigators have reviewed the nearest highway camera in Rock Creek, about two kilometres from the spot where the fire broke out. Ministry spokeswoman Vivian Thomas said a BC Wildfire Service investigator spoke to a resident who reported the existence of a video but no footage has been located. “No one has come forward with a video related to how the Rock Creek fire was started,” Thomas said. She said anyone with information, photos or video should contact the wildfire service or the RCMP.

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Public urged to report illegal fires for investigation

Government of BC
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Wildfire Service has received reports of people not complying with the partial campfire ban in the Cariboo Fire Centre. Members of the public are encouraged to report any open burning violations they see so that illegal fires can be investigated. Within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, campfires are not allowed west of the Fraser River. Campfires are allowed east of the Fraser River, but they cannot be larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high. Enforcement of open burning prohibitions is done by the ministry’s Compliance and Enforcement Branch, the Conservation Officer Service and the RCMP. Charges may be laid or fines assessed under the Wildfire Act and wildfire regulation if the responsible party is identified.

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Close call for Okanagan wineries who narrowly avoided destruction by wildfires

National Post
August 17, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wine growers in B.C.’s south Okanagan are accustomed to summer wildfires, but rarely do they come this close, this fast. Monday, staffers at Church & State Wines recalled how they worked frantically to save business records and computer equipment as the blaze roared nearer late Friday. They used their cellphone cameras to record inventory of their barrels and bottled wine. Later, from a tasting bar across the valley, they watched in “complete disbelief” as wind-whipped flames advanced to within 15 metres of the property, said John Pullen, the winery’s marketing director.

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Rock Creek fire victims not likely to get provincial disaster assistance

Forestry minister says disaster funds are legislated under specific circumstances
CBC News
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West


Residents of homes in Rock Creek, B.C. that were destroyed by a raging wildfire that’s been burning out of control since Thursday are unlikely to receive disaster assistance from the provincial government. That’s because there are specific, legislated rules that govern who can access the province’s disaster financial assistance, said Forests Minister Steve Thomson. “Fire is an insurable risk, so it’s not directly eligible under the program,” he said. In other words, because homeowners and renters can get personal insurance to cover fire damage, the province is highly unlikely to cover the losses. So far, at least 30 homes have been destroyed.

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Wildfire service ‘very optimistic’ about progress on Port Renfrew fire

Times Colonist
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire still covers 250 hectares near Lizard Lake, northeast of Port Renfrew, but the B.C. Wildfire Servic e believes it will shrink in the coming days. About 110 firefighters battled the blaze Tuesday, up from 90 on Monday, fire information officer Ellie Dupont said. Water tankers also gave support. The wildfire remains 20 per cent contained, but water storage units and hoses have been arranged around 50 per cent of the fire, she said. “We’re very optimistic. Even though the containment number hasn’t changed, they’ve done a lot of good work,” Dupont said. Conditions Tuesday were good for firefighting, she said, unlike the end of last week, when fog and smoke reduced visibility and posed a hazard for pilots and crews on the ground.

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B.C.’s Highway 3 reopened east of Grand Forks

Route is the main artery between Castlegar and Grand Forks
CBC News
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s Highway 3 has been reopened on Wednesday morning, after it was closed Tuesday afternoon just east of Grand Forks because of the Paulson Pass wildfire in the high mountain pass. The fire on what’s known as the Blueberry Paulson has been burning for about a week with no one paying it much attention because B.C. fire fighters were busy in Rock Creek to the west and it was high up in the mountains. On Tuesday it was down near the edge of the highway, close enough to prompt the province to close the route between Christina Lake and the junction with Highway 3B.

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Firefighters off to Montana amid quiet forest fire season at home

TB Newswatch
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY — Fire season continues to be slow in our region with two new blazes being reported Monday. According to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources, both new fires are under control and relatively small. Meanwhile, 108 personnel were sent to Montana Monday to help with firefighting efforts there. Ontario is also supplying equipment across the prairies.

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Georgia firefighters provide backup to wildfires in western states

FOX News
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

ATLANTA – Firefighters from Georgia are providing much needed backup in the effort to extinguish more than 250 wildfires burning right now across the country, mostly in western states. A quarter of all National Forest Service employees from Georgia are deployed to wildfires out of state. In Gainesville, at the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest headquarters, officials are answering calls and making calls to get Georgia firefighters and resources to the front lines.  “Really, any resources that there is a need for and we have, folks, we will send them,” shared Holly Krake, a public spokesperson for the National Forest Service at Chattahoochee-Oconee.

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Massive blazes across dry West drain firefighting resources

Associated Press in Statesman Journal
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CHELAN, Wash. — Wildfires destroying homes around this Cascade Mountain resort town are helping stretch firefighting resources to the point that authorities activated the military and sought international aid to beat back scores of blazes burning uncontrolled throughout the dry West. “Nationally, the system is pretty tapped,” said Rob Allen, the deputy incident commander for the fires around Chelan. “Everything is being used right now, so competition for resources is fierce.” So much so that the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise called in 200 active-duty military troops to help contain roughly 95 Western wildfires. It’s the first time the agency has mobilized the military for fire suppression efforts since 2006.

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With a stunning 7 million acres burned so far, the U.S. wildfire situation is looking dire

The Washington Post
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires are exploding across the western United States, overstretching resources and, in some states, resulting in tragic consequences. Some 30,000 firefighters and additional support staff are now fighting fires across the United States — the biggest number mobilized in 15 years, according to the U.S. Forest Service. And it’s still not enough. Two hundred members of the military are being called up to help further — they will be trained and deployed within just a few days — as are Canadian firefighting forces. There’s even some talk of potentially needing to draw on resources from Australia and New Zealand, which has been done before in a pinch.

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Clearwater Complex fire near Kamiah at 58,116 acres, 25% contained

KULR8
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Clearwater Complex Fire has burned a combined total of more than 58,000 acres and is still listed at 25% contained. The complex is made up of several fires, the biggest being the Lawyer 2 Fire burning near Kamiah. That fire is believed to have burned more than 31,000 acres. Mop-up and patrol operations will continue today in the southwestern area of the fire. The objective of mopping up is to extinguish or remove burning and hazardous material from the perimeter inward a specific distance. U.S. Highway 12 remains open to all traffic but may periodically have a pilot car moving traffic through the fire area north of Kamiah.

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Raging U.S. wildfires burn homes, force evacuations, kill horses

Reuters in Yahoo News
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CHELAN, Wash./SALMON, Idaho – Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses. More than 100 homes have been destroyed since Friday in Washington state, Idaho and Oregon, authorities said. About 200 U.S. soldiers have been called in to reinforce civilian firefighters battling almost 90 blazes that have blackened more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) across the country’s arid West. The mobilization was the first of its kind since 2006.

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Tester, U.S. Forest Service brass talk wildfire spending

by Rob Chaney
Helena Independent Record
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — With 30 large fires and dozens of smaller ones burning across the northern Rocky Mountains, Sen. Jon Tester met Tuesday with U.S. Forest Service officials in Missoula to discuss how to pay for it all. “That’s the biggest issue facing the Forest Service right now,” Forest Service Region 1 Forester Leanne Martens told Tester, D-Mont. “Nationally, we are very close to triggering the fire transfer funding.” That’s when the agency pulls money from regular activities such as recreation, vegetation management and planning to pay for firefighting bills. Forest Service employees would not be laid off, but many projects would not get completed by the end of the fiscal year.

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‘We simply cannot afford to have another large fire’

KVAL
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

EUGENE, Ore. – State foresters and local fire chiefs resumed a complete shutdown of industrial activity in the woods and on lands under their protection due to the extreme fire danger. The restrictions also ban all campfires and restrict the mowing of grass to only green irrigated lawns. “Currently there’s more fire on the landscape than the state of Oregon has seen in a very long time,” Travis Medema with the Oregon Department of Forestry said.

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Western Fires Burning Through Forest Service Budget

Magic Valley
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BOISE • The Forest Service has just $183 million left in its firefighting budget for the year out of more than $1 billion it started with. The agency has spent $828.5 million this year fighting wildfires, Jennifer Jones, spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, said Tuesday. And if fires continue to burn at the same rate, the money could soon run out. The agency spent $150 million fighting fires just last week. “We are expecting that we will exhaust our available fire suppression funding by Sept. 15 at the latest, but that could happen earlier if our current expenditure rates stay this high,” she said.

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Thick stands of snags pose threat at Lincoln fire

Great Falls Tribune
August 19, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Large stands of dead lodgepole pines continue to fuel a large fire in the Helena National Forest six miles northeast of Lincoln. The unsteady “ghost trees” also are making working conditions dangerous for firefighters. Michael Stansberry, ranger of the Helena National Forest’s Lincoln Ranger District, said the Sucker Creek fire is in an area of vast stands of lodgepole pine snags, many of them killed by mountain pine beetle. Past surveys conducted by fire management crews found up to 200 dead trees per acre in the area, he said. “Put 200 dead trees on a football field,” Stansberry said. “That’s dense.”

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White Mountain National Forest firefighters battling blazes across the country

Fires draw one of the largest deployments in decades
WMUR
August 18, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

CAMPTON, N.H. —An unprecedented number of acres are on fire across the U.S. and crews from the White Mountain National Forest are helping out. Colleen Mainville, spokesman for the forest service, said there are currently 29 employees out west helping fight fires. A crew made up of local forest service employees, along with inter-agency partners from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Green Mountain National Forest and the State of Vermont are helping fight the massive fires in California, Oregon and Montana.

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