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Business & Politics

Contaminated sites law could force Domtar to clean up creosote, experts say

Calgary Herald
August 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A former government official says Alberta’s contaminated sites legislation was drafted over two decades ago with an eye to making Domtar Corp. clean up the mess at a former wood preserving plant in Calgary where experts have estimated close to two million litres of toxic creosote and pentachlorophenol leaked beneath the surface. But in the intervening years the provincial government has used those provisions sparingly and never to force a company to remediate a poisoned property. Officials with Alberta Environment and Parks say they are prevented now from pursuing the Montreal-based firm because it no longer has a corporate presence in the province.

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Canfor Pulp Products Lifted to Strong-Buy at Raymond James

Dakota Financial News
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday, MarketBeat.com reports. The brokerage currently has a C$21.00 price objective on the stock. Raymond James’ price objective would suggest a potential upside of 84.21% from the company’s current price.

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Tembec PT Lowered to C$1.50 at Scotiabank

Dakota Financial News
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Analysts at Scotiabank lowered their price objective on shares of Tembec (TSE:TMB) from C$2.00 to C$1.50 in a report issued on Wednesday, StockTargetPrices.com reports. Scotiabank’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 47.06% from the company’s previous close. Shares of Tembec (TSE:TMB) traded down 0.98% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $1.01. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 29,525 shares. Tembec has a 12 month low of $0.83 and a 12 month high of $3.39. 

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Resolute Forest Products (RFP) Hits New 52-week Low During August 26 Session

Equities
August 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products (RFP) established a new 52-week low yesterday, and could be a company to watch at the open. After opening at $9.43, Resolute Forest Products dropped to $8.85 for a new 52-week low. By the closing bell, the company’s stock was at $9.21 a share for a loss of 0.65%. Falling to a new 52-week low is never fun for company’s shareholder, but, depending on who you ask, it can be either a buy or a sell signal. Someone bearish on the stock might see it reaching its lowest price in a year as a sign of growing downward momentum and make sure they sell their shares.

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Celebrate 100 years of safety in forestry, pulp and paper industries

Pulp and Paper Canada
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Workplace Safety North (WSN) will host a centennial conference to celebrate 100 years of worker health and safety in the forestry, pulp and paper industries in Ontario. Held on Sept. 24 and 25 in Thunder Bay, Ont., the event will celebrate health and safety excellence and share the latest information and innovations. “At the dawn of the industrial revolution, many workers endured gruelling physical labour and dangerous working conditions in factories, mines, railways, and logging camps,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, CEO of Workplace Safety North and conference keynote speaker. “From 1915 to 2015, Workplace Safety North and its legacy organizations have been dedicated to a single mission: to make workplaces safer.”

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Montana Timber Industry Stagnant Despite Year’s Promising Start

Flathead Beacon
August 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Beginning as a promising year for the timber industry in Montana, with modest gains expected as the housing industry continues to bounce back from the recession, 2015 has lost a good deal of its momentum for lumber producers, while plywood and fiberboard production continues to stay strong. At the start of the year, while economists predicted housing starts would continue to increase, acting as a major boon for the industry, there was also the notion that the pine-beetle kill in western Canadian forests would slow production, giving U.S. lumber mills more of an opportunity to fill the overseas demand for wood products. 

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Castle Rock man arrested in connection with shooting logging equipment, firefighting water truck

The Oregonian
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Deputies have arrested a 19-year-old man who they believe shot up equipment at a logging site east of Kelso. The Cowlitz Sheriff’s Office received a call on Aug. 17 from C&C Logging that someone had shot at two logging processors and a firefighting water truck, as well as stole fire extinguishers, radio equipment and tools from the logging site. An investigation led authorities to Jacob Howe, a 19-year-old from Castle Rock. He will be booked in the Cowlitz County Jail on accusations of malicious mischief and theft, according to Charlie Rosenzweig, spokesman for the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

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Large Outflow of Money Witnessed in Weyerhaeuser Company

Money Flow Index
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) managed to eke out gains of 1.56% in intraday trade. The share price increased by 0.42 points to $27.32. Till last observation, the net money flow was recorded at a negative $(-1.78) million. The total inflow of $0.36 million in upticks was completely overshadowed by an outflow of $2.14 million in downticks, giving the up/down ratio a value of 0.17. The shares have seen a change of -8.84% in the past week.A block trade occurred in the shares in which the composite value of the upticks was $0 million and the composite value in downticks was $1.73 million. The resultant up/down ratio for the block exchange was 0. The block trade had a negative money flow of $(-1.73) million.

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Columbia Falls Fiberboard Plant Delays Restart Of Explosion-Damaged Production Line

Montana Public Radio
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A Columbia Falls fiberboard production line will open a bit later than expected after a small explosion and fire shut it down late last week. A bearing failure is blamed for last Thursday’s incident at the Plum Creek Timber Company plant. Last Friday company vice president Tom Ray said he hoped the number one production line could reopen by early this week, but it looks like that won’t happen. Canisters containing fire suppression chemicals are being recharged. “We’re just still waiting for the fire suppression bottles – still in the process of getting those back and installed,” says Ray. “Mechanically everything looks good. We are going to make some fire suppression changes and additions. So I think it’ll be the first part of next week when we start that line one.”

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SFPA: Southern pine lumber exports increased by 11% in June

Lesprom
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Export volumes of Southern Pine (SP) lumber retreated moderately in June. SP exports to be just under 46 million board feet (MMbf) during June 2015. This volume represents a boost of 11% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 7% when compared with the first half of 2014, as the Southern Forest Products Association says in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Offshore shipments during June roughly break down as follows: 23.2 MMbf dressed, 8.7 MMbf rough, and 14.0 MMbf treated lumber Like the previous month, softwood lumber imports to the U.S. during June were just over a billion board feet, up 6% from the volume imported during June of 2014. When compared with last year, year-to-date softwood imports remain up 7%.

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Walsum Papier insolvency decision postponed to October

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 26, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

LWC paper machine PM 10 at the former Norske Skog site in Walsum continues production until further notice. The opening of regular insolvency proceedings on the Walsum Papier magazine paper mill in Germany has been postponed to the start of October. According to information from the administrators’ office, the payments of insolvency benefits covered by the German state could have been extended for another month until the end of September.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada: Québec Approves Lumber use for 12-Story Buildings

Sourceable
August 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Québec premier Phillipe Couillard recently announced the provincial government’s change to regulation so buildings up to 12-storeys can be built with lumber. After a consultation from Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), the provincial agency responsible for the building code, and research institute FPInnovations (FPI), the province decided to make the change to help promote the use of wood in construction. Together, the two groups published “Bâtiments de Construction Massive en Bois D’au Plus 12 étages” (“Construction of Mass Timber Buildings Up to 12 Storeys), which outlines the technical principles required to design and construct wooden buildings up to those heights.

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American Forest & Paper Association Releases July 2015 Printing-Writing Statistics Report

What They Think
August 26, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association has released its July 2015 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in July compared to July 2014, with inventory levels increasing 2 percent from June. *Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in July decreased 2 percent compared to July 2014, with imports of UFS increasing 26 percent year-over-year in June. *July coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 12 percent compared to July 2014. Imports of CFS papers increased less than 1 percent in June, with exports down 15 percent.

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Building industry in crisis, says Boral boss

The Australian Business Review
August 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Australia’s construction market is in a crisis that has been brewing for decades, according to Boral chief executive Mike Kane, with millions lost each year. Mr Kane said the political controversy engulfing the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption was “a real distraction” from serious issues. Announcing a net profit rise for Boral (BLD) of 48 per cent to $257m for the financial year, Mr Kane said a union black ban was costing the company $7m each year. Revenues at Australia’s largest building materials manufacturer fell 15 per cent to $4.41 billion, which reflected the divestment of its gypsum division into a joint venture with Chicago-based USG.

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Forestry

UVic students develop tree planting robot

The TreeRover prototype carries a 10-seedling load
CBC News
August 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Planting trees is back-breaking, repetitive work — but if two University of Victoria students have their way, robots will assist tree planters in the future. Third-year electrical engineering students Nick Birch and Tyler Rhodes have developed a prototype robot that is able to plant tree seedlings. “We’d really like it as something that can supplement what [tree planters] do and just increase the number of trees that are replanted, especially in light of the forest fires we’ve seen this summer,” Birch told On the Island host Gregor Craigie. …”We’ve dealt quite closely with some members of the forestry industry here in B.C. They’ve been impressed, and they see some possible uses for it in the future.”

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B.C. drought just part of ‘extreme weather’ story, says water expert

The Province
August 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hans Schreier, professor emeritus at the University of B.C., said data from the Vancouver and Abbotsford airports from April through July shows “clear evidence that extreme climate events are happening more frequently.” “They’re not just droughts, but massive rainstorms as well,” he said. Schreier, a specialist in water management, examined airport records going back to their inception in 1937. He found just 80 millimetres had fallen at Vancouver airport from April through July, 30 mm less than the previous low in 1975, while Abbotsford was 25 mm lower than the 155 mm that fell during the same period in 1950.

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Self-watering bags hit-and-miss for Vancouver’s thirsty trees

The Province
August 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Are new self-watering plastic bags wrapped around struggling young trees keeping them alive during one of Metro Vancouver’s driest summers on record? The cities of Surrey and Vancouver insist they are, despite the number of empty water bags and dried and possibly dying trees dotting boulevards throughout the region. Vancouver, for instance, this year installed 2,700 water bags to slowly release water into the roots of the young trees, particularly the 2,000 new street trees it planted last year and a similar number it expected to plant this year. “It’s been a really welcome addition,” said Vancouver parks board member John Coupar. “I’ve seen our crews out there on a regular basis filing the bags.”

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Fires, forests high on local government agenda

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Campbell River Mirror
August 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As mayors and councillors from across the province prepare to gather in Vancouver for their annual September convention and meetings with the B.C. cabinet, the state of B.C. forests and the threat of fires is top of mind. A resolution up for debate from Premier Christy Clark’s constituency of West Kelowna calls on the province to take the lead on forest fuel management, directly funding and managing it for private as well as public land. It notes that despite high costs and widespread damage from the 2014 forest fire season, the province’s Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative excluded operational activities and was restricted to financing community protection plans.

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Critics questions glyphosate use in Newfoundland pending Health Canada review

CBC News
August 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Opposition critics in Newfoundland and Labrador are asking why the provincial government continues to aerial spray an herbicide flagged as a potential health risk to humans. Health Canada is considering new risk reduction measures for glyphosate, a product the World Health Organization described earlier this year as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Provincial officials confirmed the herbicide was sprayed this week over about 350 hectares of forest in northern Newfoundland near the town of Springdale and Plum Point.

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UNB is clearing out large section of damaged trees

CBC News
August 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The University of New Brunswick is clearing out a large section of the woodlot in Fredericton as the cleanup continues following post-tropical storm Arthur. Jasen Golding, who manages the woodlot for the university, says that people should not be alarmed by stacks of logs piled in the UNB woodlot. He says about eight hectares of wood had to be cut in the ongoing cleanup after last year’s post-tropical storm Arthur and to expand an outdoor classroom for forestry students. …Golding says it’s not just wood being cleared away. Crews are finding lots of garbage in the area including couches, toilets, televisions and other refuse. 

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State quarantines Big Island ohia trees due to fungus

Idaho Statesman
August 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HILO, HAWAII — The state Board of Agriculture is banning shipments of ohia trees from leaving the Big Island in hopes of curbing the spread of a deadly fungus. Beginning in 12 days, there will be a one year quarantine of ohia plants, leaves, seeds, untreated wood, mulch and other products, West Hawaii Today reported (http://bit.ly/1Ijnfre). Beginning in January, the movement of soil off the island will also be restricted. Ohia plants in East Hawaii forests have been suffering wilt. The fungus causes a yellowing and browning of leaves, followed by sudden die-off of more than half of the trees it infects. The 6,000-acre infestation in 2014 has spread to 15,000 acres of forest in Puna. Researchers still don’t fully understand where the disease came from or how it is spread.

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UMFK shows off new forestry space in old armory

Bangor Daily News
August 26, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FORT KENT, Maine — In the five years since the University of Maine at Fort Kent assumed ownership of the old Fort Kent Armory, more than $8.5 million in renovations, improvements and remodeling have transformed the structure into office and classroom space. The university hosted an open house Wednesday to show off the building’s newest occupant: the UMFK forestry laboratory and lecture areas. “We moved in in March,” David Hobbins, UMFK professor of forestry, said Wednesday. “It’s an ideal space, and it makes our [forestry] students feel really special to have their own space.”

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Forest Fires

Wildfire smoke behind record number of air quality advisories in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Sun
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Municipalities across B.C. are working on ambitious plans to improve air quality, but as this week has proven, they are still mostly powerless when it comes to controlling smoke from wildfires. Over the last 30 years, the Lower Mainland has seen steady improvements in the levels of most airborne pollutants, but this year’s busy wildfire season means the region has had to issue more air-quality advisories than ever before. Three of the four advisories issued so far this year were directly linked to wildfire smoke, and parts of the region have spent a total of eight days under smoke-related advisories. The most recent was lifted Tuesday after haze caused by Washington state fires moved out of the Fraser Valley.

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Slash piles provide fuel for wildfires

Letter by Kate Mortimer, Duncan
Victoria Times Colonist
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Has the time arrived for the residents of southern Vancouver Island, especially those in Port Renfrew, Lake Cowichan and Duncan, to consider a class-action suit against the B.C. minister of forests? The collusion of this government and previous ones with forest companies allows the massive buildup of slash piles by their careless stumpage system. Fees are not paid on all trees cut, just those sold, which allows wastage of large amounts of wood, which is allowed to dry out in huge slash piles to provide ready fuel for wildfires.
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Wildfires smoke prompts air quality advisory for Edmonton

Edmonton Journal
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton’s air quality is expected to deteriorate during Wednesday, prompting Alberta Health Services to issue an air quality advisory. Air quality in the city was considered low risk Wednesday morning, but was forecast to rise to moderate risk, according to AHS. Edmonton is at the north edge of a plume of smoke coming from wildfires to the south, the same plume that Tuesday enveloped Calgary. “We’re just reminding folks that they should monitor their symptoms, monitor the air quality outside,” said Dr. Chris Sikora, medical officer of health for the Edmonton zone. He suggested people cut back on outdoor activities. 

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Crackdown on distracted drivers, careless smokers on the way

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Kamloops this Week
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. legislature is being recalled Sept. 28 for a fall session that will likely deal with increasing penalties for distracted driving and careless smoking. The B.C. government has signalled its intention to increase penalties in both areas. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton announced preliminary results of public consultation on distracted driving penalties at the end of June, with 90 per cent of respondents calling for stiffer penalties for using smartphones while driving. Anton said the current $167 ticket for distracted drivers is not sufficient for repeat offenders, who could have their vehicles impounded. Saskatchewan has introduced a one-week seizure of the vehicle for drivers who get two distracted driving tickets less than a year apart.

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The Raging Future of American Wildfires

The Atlantic City Lab
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

On the one hand, the warming atmosphere is predicted to drench many parts of the U.S. with extreme rain. On the other, for much of the year it’ll likely desiccate vast areas into brittle tinder, setting the stage for more frequent and powerful wildfires. Increasingly balmy temperatures and a steady lengthening of the wildfire season (peep what’s happening this year in Alaska and Canada) will light a flame under America’s fire potential. By mid-century, large hunks of the country—including the West, the Gulf Coast, and the forested Great Lakes—could see a sixfold increase in weeks with a threat of major fires, according to researchers at the University of Idaho, the U.S. Forest Service, and elsewhere.

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Firefighters battle smoke as well as flames in Washington state; fire aircraft grounded

By Nicholas K. Geranios
Associate Press Vancouver Sun
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash. – Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state. Smoky conditions grounded helicopters and airplanes that had been fighting the fires, and air quality was rated as unhealthy for some people in Spokane County, which has nearly 500,000 residents. Crews battling a 262-square mile blaze near the town of Republic were also battling smoke as well as flames, fire spokesman Donnie Davis said. “Everybody up here is rubbing their eyes,” Davis said. “It’s brutal.”

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How inmates help battle wildfires

Herald and News
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

This wildfire season has been exceptionally rough for the Northwest. Resources are stretched thin across the region and a state of emergency has been declared in Washington state. In Oregon, officials have deployed more than 200 prison inmates to help fight fires. They’re a part of a larger program for low-level offenders between the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Oregon Department of Forestry. More than 350 inmates from eight institutions around the state participate in the program. Inmates provide support to fire crews in a variety of ways… “We actually have inmates who are trained to go out on the line and fight fires,” Wylie told OPB All Things Considered Host Kate Davidson.

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State’s largest fire in Flathead forest now 28,000 acres

Great Falls Tribune
August 25, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The state’s largest fire in the Flathead National Forest grew more than 8,000 acres between Monday and Tuesday. Al Koss, a fire information officer, said the Bear Creek fire is now 28,000 acres, up from 19,595 acres. The fire saw growth on its southern flank moving south on the South Fork of the Flathead River. Growth also occurred on the north end of the fire. The fire is burning three to four miles south of three guest ranches, including The Wilderness Lodge, and the Spotted Bear Ranger District. It has now reached Meadow Creek Road in the Larch Creek and Jungle Creek area, Koss said. Crews are working on fuel breaks along the Meadow Creek Road from from the Jungle Creek area up to the Wilderness Lodge.

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Fire crews battle smoky conditions and flames

Associated Press in Washington Post
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SPOKANE, Wash. — Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state. Smoky conditions grounded helicopters and airplanes that had been fighting the fires, and air quality was rated as unhealthy for some people in Spokane County, which has nearly 500,000 residents. Crews battling a 262-square mile blaze near the town of Republic were also battling smoke as well as flames, fire spokesman Donnie Davis said. “Everybody up here is rubbing their eyes,” Davis said. “It’s brutal.” Davis said the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Paradise Fire begins growing again along northern edge in Queets River valley

Peninsula Daily News
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The Paradise Fire has resumed its slow growth to the north, climbing very steep hillsides in the Queets River valley. The fire’s area increased by 193 acres to a total of 2,796 acres by Wednesday morning, partially due to fire growth and partially to more accurate mapping, according to fire managers. The Paradise Fire is burning through rainforest about 12 miles inside Olympic National Park boundaries in the Queets River valley. Newly burned areas were limited to ridges in the Paradise drainage and east of Bob Creek.  Firefighters continue to use portable pumps and hoses with the support of helicopter bucket drops to reduce fire spread near Bob Creek on the southwest side of the fire.

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Documents: Winds shifted minutes before firefighters killed

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Seven minutes after a deputy radioed that the wind from a growing wildfire had shifted direction, dispatchers got a second call: A burn victim needed an ambulance. Five minutes later, another caller said several firefighters were trapped. Within the span of 12 minutes, the wildfire in Washington state went from being just one of many lightning-sparked blazes burning across the Pacific Northwest to the scene of the deadliest single wildfire this year in the U.S. Three firefighters were killed after their engine rushed up a steep gravel road and crashed down a 40-foot embankment near the mountain town of Twisp. Before they could escape, they were overrun by flames. Four other firefighters, who were nearby, were injured as they tried to escape on foot.

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Fire management team shifting from Lincoln to Benchmark fire

Helena Independent Record
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The incident management team currently on the Sucker Creek fire near Lincoln will hand over command to local officials Thursday and take over management of the Benchmark fire west of Augusta as well as other area fires in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The Benchmark fire was reported in the early afternoon Tuesday burning approximately one mile west of the Benchmark airstrip, or 22.5 miles west of Augusta. The fire triggered the mandatory evacuation of the upper section of Benchmark Road. The evacuation area includes 10 Forest Service lease cabins, none of which had residents at the time, said Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton. Deputies have a roadblock near the Benchmark Wilderness Ranch, he said.

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Forest Service releases information about firefighter deaths

Methow Valley News
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

The engine in which three firefighters died in the Twisp River Fire was found on a hillside about 40 feet below Woods Canyon Road, according to investigators for the U.S. Forest Service. When reached by emergency responders on Wednesday (Aug. 19), the engine was upright and had been burned over, with the three deceased firefighters inside. That information was included in a summary of confirmed events and an approximate chronology released by the Forest Service on Sunday (Aug. 23) from the initial investigation into the fatalities and the cause of the fire. …The situation was clearly chaotic, and it appears the firefighters had gotten into the engine to escape the fire, said Phipps. There is no evidence that they got out of the vehicle and then got back in again, although the left rear door was open, he said.

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Region’s ‘other’ wildfire – Montana’s largest – has own drama playing out

The Missoulian
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires in and near Glacier National Park that closed major routes across the Continental Divide, and others that have forced evacuations of homes near the Bull River, have left Montana’s largest fire as almost an afterthought. Yet the Bear Creek fire south of Hungry Horse Reservoir and southeast of Swan Lake has produced the most dramatic run of any fire in the state this summer, speeding across almost 17,000 acres of forest in less than four hours last week. “It started when a series of lightning strikes came through on Aug. 12,” Al Koss, public information officer for the Spotted Bear fires, said Wednesday. “We got quite a bit of water and retardant on it when it started, but it still grew a bit.

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Worst wild fire season on record threatens Weyerhaeuser’s massive 2.7M acres of timberland

Puget Sound Business Journal
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

As wild fires rage throughout Washington and Oregon, Washington’s largest forest products company is struggling to maintain production. Federal Way-based Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) is one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, owning or controlling nearly 7 million acres. Nearly 2.7 million of those acres are in Washington and Oregon. … During Weyerhaeuser’s July earnings call, company executives said that most of the company’s acreage is under some level of fire restriction and said that the outlook for the company’s third quarter earnings from its timberlands segment would suffer due to lower harvest volumes as a result of the prolonged fire season.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass: South Korea July wood pellet imports down 22% on year at 126,012 mt

PLATTS McGraw Hill Financial
August 27, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

South Korea imported 126,012 mt of wood pellets in July, down 22% on the year but increasing 10% over June, according to customs data Thursday. Total Korean imports for the first seven months of 2015 stand at 730,364 mt, a 12% decrease from the year-earlier period. Vietnam remains the largest shipper of pellets to South Korea, sending 97,714 mt in July, up 52% on the year and 2% higher than the previous month. However shipments from Canada — the second largest exporter of wood pellets to South Korea in 2014 — continue to stall.

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