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Business & Politics

Brokerages Set Canfor Target Price at $33.42

My Informs
August 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shares of Canfor (TSE:CFP) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven analysts that are presently covering the company, AnalystRatings.NET reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation, five have issued a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is C$32.58.

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Tests at Northern Pulp show emissions within legal limits

New Glasgow News
August 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ABERCROMBIE POINT – Stack test results released Friday show Northern Pulp’s emissions have improved since the last tests were conducted in April. The results, posted by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and completed July 24 by Stantec Consulting Ltd., were the first since the new precipitator began operating in June. Particulate emissions from the recovery boiler are well below the new regulatory limit, indicating the new equipment is working as expected. The limit for emissions in the 2015 industrial approval is almost 80 per cent lower than the mill’s previous approval.

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Northern Pulp mill takes Nova Scotia to court over operating permit

Pictou County mill says province’s many conditions nearly impossible to meet
CBC News
August 21, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northern Pulp mill is taking the province of Nova Scotia to court. Documents filed in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on Friday challenge dozens of terms and conditions in the mill’s industrial approval and five-year operating permit issued by the Environment Department in January. In April, the mill appealed that decision to Randy Delorey, who was the Environment Minister at the time. That resulted in eight changes favourable to the company this July. One of the most significant changes was dropping all references to the Boat Harbour wastewater treatment facility, which Northern Pulp has an agreement to use until its lease with the province expires in 2030.

Northern Pulp takes N.S. to court from The Chronicle Herald

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Federal ruling could help Madison paper mill stay competitive

Portland Press Herald
August 23, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MADISON — A federal ruling allowing the U.S. government to put duties on paper being imported from Nova Scotia last month was good news for Madison Paper Industries. Given recent layoffs, mill closings and drops in tax revenue, it’s some of the only good news the paper industry has had lately in Maine. With the preliminary ruling issued July 27 in place, the U.S. Department of Commerce has started charging duties on paper from Nova Scotia’s Port Hawkesbury Paper, and mill officials in Madison hope the ruling will be upheld when a final decision is made in November. But the duties are only part of the puzzle in keeping mills like the one in Madison running. Thursday’s announcement that 300 workers will lose their jobs at Verso Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill in Jay was a harsh reminder of how precarious the industry is.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Quebec supports 12-storey wood construction

Daily Commercial News
August 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI, Que.—Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard along with the Minister of Labour, Sam Hamad, recently announced the publication of a wood building construction guide using mass timber called “Construction of Mass Timber Buildings Up to 12 Storeys.”
Quebec supports 12-storey wood construction. The guide, meant to inform and outline the technical guidelines for wood construction up to 12 storeys, follows similar steps taken in Europe where structures are permitted to use wood at that height. Research done in Canada and in other countries has shown that it’s possible to build safe and secure structures with mass timber. Although outside Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario are the only jurisdictions permitted to build with wood up to six storeys.

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Sustainable building: Why wood is our most valuable resource

U.S. Green Building Council
August 21, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In some small way, each of us knows the value of wood as a resource. In fact, we use it every day—it heats our homes, makes our stationery, lines our floors. But in spite of all of its uses, wood is still a taboo material where building is concerned. Instead, we use concrete and steel in the hopes that our buildings (which are often our biggest investments) will remain strong and stable. We tell ourselves that wood is too weak to sustain anything more than a few stories; that it’ll succumb to any number of elements–fire, water, you name it. But is any of this really true?

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NORPAC unrolls environmentally friendly office paper

Longview Daily News
August 22, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

NORPAC’s latest bid to keep up with a changing market finally has unrolled. At the beginning of the month, North Pacific Paper Co. began offering its new “Natural Choice Paper,” an environmentally friendly office paper. For two years, NORPAC has been testing the product to reduce discoloration typical of ground-wood paper. It is made from a chlorine-free process of grinding wood — namely Douglas firs — into pulp. Craig Anneberg, NORPAC mill manager, said they chose to use Douglas fir because it’s one of the more prominent trees along the I-5 corridor. They’re “aligning the product with a renewable natural resource,” he said.

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NJ Firefighters Say Better Building Codes Could Prevent Catastrophic Blazes

CBS News
August 23, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK — Firefighters in New Jersey said the flames that roared through a huge building in Edgewater could have been stopped easily, with better building codes.
…‘We were promised these changes seven months ago. We are now looking to see the politicians in the state deliver on these promises,” Peter Hodge, President, Bergen County Fire Chief’s Association said. …They demanded an end to what they call toothpick towers made of lightweight wood. “They burn 800 times faster, 800 times faster than the legacy homes of conventional lumber did thirty to forty years ago,” Richard Silva, President, New Jersey Prevention and Protection Association.

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Fire officials’ calls to toughen code going unheard; lack of action after Avalon disaster protested

North Jersey Breaking Local News
August 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Seven months after the devastating fire that ripped through a large apartment complex in Edgewater, fire officials are renewing calls to lawmakers and Governor Christie to strengthen fire-safety standards for new buildings, as developers continue to submit plans for residences similar to the Edgewater structure. …The firefighters associations are calling for changes to the state Uniform Construction Code to limit wood-frame construction to three floors and 20,000 square feet per floor, and to require more sprinklers, including in attic spaces, and masonry fire walls between buildings. …The recommendations from the committee include capping the size of certain types of construction, with limits depending on what sprinkler systems are used, and restricting “pedestal constructions” — such as concrete parking garages upon which residential units are built — to one story, Wisniewski said.

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Are we the city of ‘Used to Be?’

Commercial Appeal
August 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

…“Why are these lumber people here anyway?” Well, I like the past so I’ll answer like this: Hardly anyone alive today remembers when a dozen sawmills roared in Memphis, traders sold off 100,000 mules a year and hardwood was cut to feed the mills and make way for hay fields. Today, the mills and livestock auction houses are gone. And the fields, no longer needed to furnish mule feed, are grown over with woods or suburban homes. Once so much timber was felled in the region that Ford Motor Co. put an auto parts plant in the city to make wooden components such as steering wheels. Not far from Ford the old E.L. Bruce Co. strived to keep termites out of its hardwood flooring and invented what today is called Terminix, a core business of ServiceMaster, the 13,000-employee company based in the city.

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Forestry

Millennials, these career sectors are worth considering

Globe and Mail
August 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

… in focusing too narrowly on a single industry, Canadians – and young professionals in particular – run the risk of overlooking sectors with equally impressive long-career prospects. At our consultancy, we have become accustomed to seeing Canada’s great young talents enter traditional sectors: oil and gas, consulting, finance, law, government and accounting. Although these each come with unique advantages for young professionals, several other industries – forestry, manufacturing and agriculture – are also worth exploring. These sectors hold tremendous promise. According to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC, a past client of ours), Canada will require 60,000 new workers in the forest and pulp industry by 2020.

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Premier announces fall sitting of B.C. legislature

Vancouver Sun
August 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s politicians will return to Victoria next month for a six-week sitting of the legislature. …The government rarely tips its hand as to the types of the legislation expected, but with wildfires raging across the province, Forests Minister Steve Thomson has signalled the possibility of a swift crackdown on people responsible for starting fires. Thomson tapped Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris last month to head a review of the problem and consider tougher penalties, including higher fines or impounding the vehicles of people caught tossing lit cigarettes out their windows.

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US researchers urge regulatory rethink on GM trees

Big News Network
August 21, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – Three US researchers have urged the government to rethink the regulatory policies to allow planting of genetically modified trees to deal with an upsurge in forest diseases and pests as a result of global travel and climate change, a proposal that is set to be opposed by the environmentalists who fear long term impact on biodiversity. In a policy analysis report published Thursday in the journal Science, the researchers led by Dr Steven Strauss from the University of Oregon, called the concerns about genetic engineering as “misguided”. In their policy analysis, Steven Strauss, lead author and professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University, and coauthors Adam Costanza, of the Institute of Forest Biosciences in Cary, North Carolina, and Armand Sguin of Natural Resources Canada in Quebec, argue that new regulatory approaches should be implemented in the United States and globally with a focus on the product, not the process.

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Study: Tongass forest most resistant to climate change

KTOO Public Media
August 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some conservationists want President Obama’s climate change agenda to include Southeast Alaska’s rain forest. The Oregon-based Geos Institute released a study last week pointing to the Tongass National Forest’s role in combatting global warming. Chief Scientist Dominick DellaSala says old-growth Tongass trees help fight climate change. “They are some of the most carbon-dense forests in the world. And so, as they’re sucking up that carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and they grow for centuries they hang onto that carbon and keep it from going back up,” he says.

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Environmentalists should allow professionals to do their work

By Rufus R. Kimrey, Two Dot
Billings Gazette
August 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This is a response to the Aug. 1 article concerning the proposed logging by the Forest Service near Red Lodge. The U.S. National Forests were created around 100 years ago to protect the natural resources of the watersheds of every major river system in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service was created to insure the proper management of these resources, forests, wildlife and water. …These were the first true environmentalists. Their long-term management plans, which are the results of years of scientific biological research, include logging scattered stands of mature trees in order to create uneven age classes in the forest. 

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Inside Boise’s battle with the Japanese beetle

Idaho Statesman
August 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Paul Castrovillo first started chasing the Japanese beetle in third or fourth grade in the mid-1960s, catching and collecting them on rose bushes in his New Jersey backyard along with butterflies and whatever other bugs were around. He researched them, learning about their diet and life cycle. He occasionally roasted one with his magnifying glass. The Japanese beetle was not then the top insect threat in Idaho, as it is today. But it had already infested most of the eastern quarter of the U.S., chewing through grass, plants and crops as its population skyrocketed.

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BURGER KING LAUNCHES ‘ADOPT A TREE’ CAMPAIGN

Pakistan Observer
August 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Karachi—The recent heat wave in Sindh especially Karachi claimed more than 1,300 lives. It has been observed that the city is being devoid of trees, which is resulting in an imbalance in its ecosystem. Due to cutting of the trees, drastic climatic impacts are also being witnessed which are posing threats to human life as well as other biodiversity in the city. Keeping in consideration this issue, Burger King in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan has initiated a ‘nationwide plantation drive’ through its ‘Adopt a Tree’ program. Through this program, proceeds from Burger King’s Classic King Box which is its family meal for Rs. 1,180, will be contributed to this cause which was launched with the plantation of 500 trees on Thursday, 20 August 2015 at the University of Karachi.

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Pakistan unveils first national forest policy without provincial government support

Eco Business
August 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In July, Pakistan unveiled its first national forest policy, which sets out plans for mass tree planting, curbing deforestation and promoting conservation. The policy has, however, been formulated without consulting provincial governments, the private sector or local communities. Experts say the federal government cannot implement the policy until provincial governments agree to allocate funds from their annual budgets to revive forests. Forestry has become a provincial subject since Pakistan’s federal Ministry of Environment was devolved to provincial authorities under the 18th constitutional amendment back in 2010. The federal government is now powerless to implement the policy without local government support.

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Scientists warn only ‘simplified’, degraded tropical forest may remain by end of century

Domain-b
August 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new and more dangerous phase of impacts on the world’s remaining tropical forests is emerging, threatening to simplify the world’s most diverse ecosystem including mass species loss, according to new UCL-led research published today in Science. The impact of humans on these areas has been increasing for millennia and today more than three-quarters of the world’s remaining tropical forests have been degraded by human actions. The scientists identified three prior phases of expanding impacts, the first when hunter-gatherers moved into tropical forests and the second following the emergence of tropical agriculture, some 6,000 years ago. Under both, the overall health of tropical forests was maintained.

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Lack of domestic forest resources forcing India to rely more on imports of hardwood chips for the pulp industry

IHB The Timber Network
August 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

India has limited domestic forest resources to supply its forest industry, and with growing domestic demand for forest products, the country’s pulp mills and sawmills have found it necessary to increase importation of wood raw-material both in the form of wood chips and logs. Over the next five years, demand for paper is expected to increase by between 2-12% annually, depending on paper grade. Over the past decade, the domestic pulp industry has steadily increased its usage of pulpwood because of higher pulp production, less usage of bamboo and because several pulp mills switched from recycled fiber to wood fiber. The share of imported wood fiber for the pulp industry accounted for almost ten percent of total consumption of wood fiber in 2014, and this share is expected to increase in the coming years.

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WWF-UKs Forest Campaign Attracts New, Influential Support

August 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The 300 members of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) account for two thirds of the £8.9 billion UK timber industry. They range from sawmills to manufacturers, and from to distributors and retailers.  By signing up to the campaign, the Timber Trade Federation has made the following pledges; To support the market to buy timber and timber products from sustainable sources by 2020, including making members’ aggregated performance public; To support the call for the EU to close the loopholes in the current EU Timber Regulation so that all timber and timber products must be from legal sources; To support the call for the UK government and the EU to complete the transition to a market in sustainable timber and timber products by 2020.

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Chestnut Leaf Extract Shuts Down Deadly Staph Bacteria

Relia Wire
August 22, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

European chestnut tree leaves contain ingredients with the ability to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance, scientists have revealed. The use of chestnut leaves in traditional folk remedies spurred the research, led by Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist at Emory University. The chestnut leaf extract is rich in ursene and oleanene derivatives, and blocks Staphlococcus aureus virulence and pathogenesis with no detectable resistance. “We’ve identified a family of compounds from this plant that have an interesting medicinal mechanism,” Quave says. “Rather than killing staph, this botanical extract works by taking away staph’s weapons, essentially shutting off the ability of the bacteria to create toxins that cause tissue damage. In other words, it takes the teeth out of the bacteria’s bite.”

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Forest Fires

Waterton fire under control, trails to reopen today

Parks Canada crews will continue to patrol the fire area and extinguish any hot spots
CBC News
August 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The wildfire burning in Waterton in southern Alberta is now contained and Parks Canada says it’s fully under control. All trails that were closed by the fire are expected to reopen today, but hikers are advised some fire crews will still be in the area. Parks Canada is also working with the U.S. National Park Service to manage a forest fire near Goat Haunt in Glacier National Park. “Please be careful when walking on the Lakeshore Trail between Boundary Bay and Goat Haunt, and do not disturb any of the fire fighting equipment in the area,” said Parks Canada in a release.

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Death and life in the wildfire zone – a Rock Creek fire photo gallery

Vancouver Sun
August 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am back from a week on the fire line, covering the savage Rock Creek fire. It was a welcome change from covering the city, and it got me out into the country, even if it seems like half of the province is on fire. After covering the human aspects of the Rock Creek fire – and there are many, from the tragedy of 82-year-old Margaret Bartley losing her possessions for the fourth time in her life, to the heroism of the families along the Kettle River East Road who defied government orders to evacuate, only to end up saving their own homes when the fire threatened to double back – I wanted to look at the impact the fire had on the forest itself. Even now, the forest is slowly – very slowly – starting to regenerate. What follows is something of a photo essay of what I found. 

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Smoke-filled air in B.C. as fires threaten homes

The Weather Network
August 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s ongoing wildfire emergency has left the skies filled with smoke in the province’s interior. Air quality advisories cover much of the interior, including the Okanagan region where the worst fires are burning, as well as parts of the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. The advisories were issued after the wind began funnelling in smoke from the fires in Washington State, also burning out of control. “Southerly winds have been widely spreading heavy plumes of smoke northwards from the large wildfires burning in Washington state, resulting in high concentrations of fine particulates and poor air quality,” Environment Canada says.

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Smoke drifts into B.C. from Washington wildfire as Canadian crews offer help

Globe and Mail
August 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Smoke has drifted into southern British Columbia from raging wildfires in Washington state, as Canadian crews get ready to offer relief to exhausted U.S. firefighters. The 168-square kilometre Stickpin fire is burning about 4.5 kilometres south of the Canada-U.S. border. It grew minimally on Friday night and most of the growth was to the east. The B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire remains a strong concern and it will send resources including two 20-member action crews on Sunday. “The U.S. crews are professionals. They’ve been working very, very hard on this fire,” said fire information officer Fanny Bernard.

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Five myths about wildfires

The Washington Post
August 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

Northern California’s burning. Oregon’s ablaze. Three firefighters died in Washington on Wednesday while trying to keep flames from razing the entire town of Twisp. With weeks of fire season still to go, the federal government has already spent more than $800 million trying to extinguish blazes that promise to rival history’s worst in terms of size, destructiveness and cost. In other words: same sad stories, new year. This weekend, while the American West glows that weird and terrifying orange of the fire season, consider that it may only look like the apocalypse. And maybe we’re just thinking about wildfires in the wrong ways.

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Oregon Mobilizes More Guard Members as Fires Ravage West

NBC News
August 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s governor on Saturday activated 250 National Guard members to help fight wildfires that have ravaged parts of the West. “With up to a couple months of fire season still ahead of us, and many large fires currently underway, we will need to be ready to put more boots on the ground,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Saturday. “Oregon National Guard citizen soldiers will be ready for activation to provide the reinforcements necessary to get the job done,” she said. The governor activated another 125 National Guard troops earlier in the week. There were at least 14 large wildfires and several smaller ones burning across Oregon, according to the U.S. Forest Service. One of the largest, the Canyon Creek Complex fire, has destroyed 36 homes near the community of John Day, in the western part of the state.

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Saturday wildfire update for Six Rivers National Forest

Times Standard
August 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

EUREKA, California – Firefighters continue to battle wildfire multiple wildfires, sparked by lightning three weeks ago, on the Six Rivers National Forest. National forests and adjacent communities are highly vulnerable to due to extended drought conditions—and firefighters are stretched to the limit. Forest visitors can help minimize the risk of wildfires by insuring that their trailer safety chains are not dragging on the pavement and causing sparks. They can also insure that brakes and exhaust systems are in good operating condition—and that tires are properly inflated to reduce the risk of blowouts. 

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Northwest wildfires: Crews make progress on some blazes while containment stagnates elsewhere

The Oregonian
August 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A red flag warning remains until 9 p.m. Monday in the Pendleton and John Day areas of the state. Red flag warnings mean that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly, according to the National Weather Service. Wildfires continue to seethe in the Pacific Northwest, and relief appears to be a mixed bag – with containment gaining on some fires while progress remains at a standstill on others. The smoke blown into the Portland area from nearby wildfires is a reminder of this fire season’s “intensity,” the Oregon Department of Forestry wrote in a news release.  In Oregon, firefighters have upped containment over the Canyon Creek Complex near John Day and Canyon City. 

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Wildfire destroys 3 homes in northeastern Oregon

Associated Press in The Longview Daily News
August 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — Firefighters raced Friday to protect homes in a remote section of northeastern Oregon from a rapidly expanding wildfire that quadrupled in size in 24 hours as it destroyed three houses and a dozen other structures. Gov. Kate Brown used her authority late Thursday to deploy firefighters from the Willamette Valley to protect property along the border with Washington. The unincorporated community of Troy, Oregon, has been evacuated along with homes on both sides of the state line, fire officials said. The blaze threatened more than 100 homes and a school, the state fire marshal’s office said.

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Destructive Oregon wildfire prompts questions: help too little, too late?

The Oregonian
August 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The knock on the door from police Thursday afternoon alerted Jolynn and Ted Swartzendruber they may have to evacuate their Prairie City home. It was the family’s second confrontation with wildfire in days. And now, just miles to the north, a new wildfire was boiling to life, and once again threatening homes. They were in the Prairie City house because just days earlier they had to flee their new home, set in park-like pines south of John Day. They fled the Canyon Creek complex fire with moments to spare, learning later the fire destroyed the home. “It was frightening,” said Jolynn Swartzendruber said Friday. The couple was safe in their Prairie City home, avoiding packing up again because firefighters seemed to contain the second blaze.

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This Graphic Shows How ‘Unimaginable’ Wildfires Are on the Rise

“We are seeing wildfires in the United States grow to sizes that were unimaginable just 20 or 30 years ago”
Time Magazine
August 20, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Officials entrusted with protecting forests around the United States from wildfires have had a tough year. Wildfires have burned millions of acres and many months remain before winter precipitation brings relief. For the scientists who study forest fires, the scale of this destruction does not come as a surprise thanks to climate change and drought. Unusually high temperatures due to climate change has made fires easier to ignite and spread. Drought has left forest dry and killed millions of trees, creating forests of firewood ready to ignite.  These trends mean that wildfires now burn more acres and cost more money
to fight. A U.S. Forest Service official said in May that the agency
anticipated spending as much as $1.7 billion and mobilizing more than
10,000 people to fight wildfires this year. And that’s just one of many
agencies in the fight.

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Crews battle fire near Robie Creek

Idaho Statesman
August 22, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Several crews are working together to fight a blaze Saturday on the Boise Ridge near Robie Creek, according to David Olson, spokesperson for Boise National Forest. The fire was called in around 5 p.m. and is about 3 to 4 acres. It was likely started by a vehicle fire, Olson said. No injuries have been reported at this time, but the fire is burning about a half mile from structures and residential areas, Olson said. Crews from the Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, Wilderness Ranch and Robie Creek are working together to fight the fire. They’re using seven engines, a helicopter, three air tankers and a heavy lift helicopter is en route, Olson said.

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Olympic Peninsula firefighters head east to aid with blazes in Eastern Washington

Peninsula Daily News
August 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

AT LEAST 19 Clallam and Jefferson county first responders are battling wildfires or the structure blazes they have spawned in Eastern Washington. The men and women may stay on the firelines for up to two weeks. Two others have returned from a fire in Olympic National Forest. The North Olympic Peninsula personnel are crewing at least two Type 1 structural fire engines (pumpers) and two Type 6 wildland engines (brush trucks) in efforts against the Walla Walla Complex Fire, Okanogan Complex Fire, Grizzly Bear Complex Fire, Marble Valley Fire and Stickpin/Kettle Complex Fire, all in Washington state.

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ROUGH FIRE DESTROYS KINGS CANYON LODGE

ABC Action News
August 23, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — An iconic lodge is destroyed by the Rough Fire, and the blaze continues to threaten other homes and cabins in the area. The fire is now 47,079 acres and just barely contained at 3 percent. More than 2,200 firefighters are on the ground and in the air trying to keep it from spreading further. There’s not much to salvage at the Kings Canyon Lodge. The gas pump from the ’20s might be the only relic left. “The gas pumps are still there; they made it through the fire. That’s kind of a miracle if you want to ask me. Thank you, Lord,” said Kings Canyon Lodge owner Carla Evans.

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Wildfire forces more evacuations in northern Idaho

Associated Press in the Idaho Statesman
August 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Evacuations have been ordered in northern Idaho as a group of wildfires that has already destroyed 42 homes threatened more residences Friday despite nearly 800 firefighters trying to beat back flames. Fire managers told residents near the town of Weippe late Thursday to flee the fires that have scorched 63 square miles of mostly timber and are 40 percent contained. A local high school is being used to shelter evacuees. That’s one of 17 large fires burning in Idaho on Friday, the most in the nation, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said. It’s not clear how many residents are under mandatory evacuation orders near Weippe. Residents of a much larger area have also been told to “be ready to run at the drop of a hat,” fire spokesman David Early said.

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Georgia Forestry firefighters return after fighting nationwide fires (& video)

WALB.com
August 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY, GA – Wildfires are rampant out west and crews are seeking assistance right here in Georgia. About 60 Georgia Forestry Commission rangers are currently deployed. “Now you’ve got high fire activity in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California,” said Chief Forest Ranger Tom Lambert. Clay Ferguson is one of the members of the Dougherty County Forestry Unit. The crew just returned to South Georgia on Thursday after fighting fires in California for 14 days. “At this time we still have some resources out there,” said Lambert. During the month of August, the Georgia Forestry Commission has been sending food, medical resources, and firefighters to North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky.

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Jim Hettinger: Wildfires plagued Great Lakes region

Battle Creek Enquirer
August 21, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

Smoke from Canadian wildfires has made for some colorful Great Lakes sunsets this summer. As I write, wildfires are out of control in California and in Glacier National Park, one of my favorites. Wildfires take a prominent place in Great Lakes history as they have accounted for hundreds of thousands of scorched acres; thousands of people killed, and incinerated fortunes and dreams. Megan Long’s “Disaster Great Lakes” covers a variety of calamities including the loss of the Lady Elgin and the Edmund Fitzgerald, but in Long’s world, disasters go beyond shipwrecks. The lumber trade has been a big part of Great Lakes economic history. While it created great wealth in the states, it also left behind poorly managed, denuded fields that would become raging infernos when ignited.

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Local forester returns from fighting wildfires in Canada

Australia Daily Examiner
August 24, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MATT Pope, Grafton District Manager for the Forestry Corporation of NSW, has returned from Canada after assisting with raging wildfires in the south-west of the country. Mr Pope joined the 100-strong contingent of Australian personnel deployed to help control more than 5000 wildfires in Canada this season. …”Canada looked to Australia for assistance with devastating forest fires across British Columbia, Alberta and northern Saskatchewan and the Forestry Corporation responded, deploying four specialist fire fighters to contribute to the emergency response.

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