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Business & Politics

RedBuilt doubles LVL capacity with new laminated veneer lumber line

Lesprom Network
August 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

RedBuilt LLC announced the addition of a new laminated veneer lumber (LVL) line at its engineered lumber products facility in Stayton, Oregon. RedBuilt’s new four-foot LVL press is being supplied by Taihei Machinery, a top manufacturer of plywood and woodworking machinery in Komaki City, Japan. “This press will nearly double our existing RedLam™ LVL capacity,” RedBuilt President and CEO Kurt Liebich said. “Our new line will help us meet demand for our engineered wood products. We’re committed to investing in the future of the business and providing the innovative solutions our customers have depended on for decades.”

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EDITORIAL: Plum Creek offer benefits us all

Daily Interlake
August 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek Timber Co. once again proved it is a good neighbor this week when it announced that 15,000 of its acres northwest of Whitefish are being conserved in a deal with the Trust for Public Land. Under the agreement, the trust will have an option to purchase 1,920 acres and establish a conservation easement on the remaining 13,414 acres that Plum Creek will continue to own and manage as a working forest.The conservation easement aims to protect the Whitefish area’s fish and wildlife habitat, provide continued access for outdoor recreation and allow sustainable forest management. It will also help protect Whitefish Lake, from which the city of Whitefish gets a portion of its drinking water.

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Hardwood molding company creating 90 jobs in Somerset

Idaho Statesman
August 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SOMERSET, KY. — A hardwood molding company is expanding to Somerset, creating 90 jobs with a $2.6 million investment. Gov. Steve Beshear’s office announced Thursday that Menzner Lumber and Supply Co. will lease land and buildings that had previously housed Glen Oak Lumber. The four buildings total 195,000 square feet where Menzner will have rough mill, molding, priming paint line and sawdust processing facilities… The company currently has 350 employees in Wisconsin, Mississippi and South Carolina.

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KapStone workers on strike

The Longview Daily News
August 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

After 15 months of failed contract negotiations, KapStone millworkers officially went on strike early Thursday morning. The strike began at 3 a.m. Thursday after the union gave the company a three-hour notice at midnight. Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 153 officials said the length of the strike is open-ended. The 800-member strike comes after three rejected contracts, including one the company implemented Aug. 10. The union wants the strike to be recognized as an unfair labor practice strike rather than an economic strike. Such a categorization would likely be contested by KapStone, because the company denies committing any unfair labor practices.

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Firefighters battle blaze at wood products firm in Warrensburg

Glens Falls Post-Star
August 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

WARRENSBURG ? Firefighters from several departments battled a massive fire at an eco-friendly animal bedding and litter company Thursday evening that appeared to have destroyed at least two warehouse buildings and a large amount of inventory. A plume of smoke rising above the fire was visible from the Northway. Two warehouses full of wood products inventory were burning as firefighters worked to quell the blaze at Nepco, located on Sweet Road next door to three other lumber-related businesses. Several loud noises, like explosions, were heard at the scene.

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FCD Says 18 Million in Hardwood Stolen From Chiquibul

7 News Belize
August 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Friends for Conservation and Development or FCD as they are known, the co-managers of the Chiquibul National Park, released their annual report today on illegal logging activities in the protected area. Their estimate is that from 2010 to 2012 4.248 million US dollars’ worth of Cedar has been illegal cut, and 5.199 million US dollars’ worth of Mahogany has been illegally harvested. That’s a total of $18.89 million Belizean dollars that has been lost from the Chiquibul. First off, the good news is that there have not been any visible signs of illegal logging since September of 2014. But the bad news is that’s probably because all the logs close to the border have already been illegally extracted 

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SCA Enhances Its Organization and Invests

Business Wire
August 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

STOCKHOLM–SCA is a global hygiene and forest products company with about 85% of its sales derived from its hygiene operations. To further intensify the focus on the Group’s two operations, SCA has decided initiate a dividing of the Group into two divisions: a Hygiene division and a Forest Products division. In relation to the Forest Products division, all forest industry and forest land currently owned by SCA will be merged into one division. A decision has also been made to invest in increased capacity for pulp production in the forest products operation. “A cohesive forest products operation in a single division further highlights the value created and optimizes synergies between the forest industry and ownership of forest land. Over time, the investment in Östrand will increase sales and competitiveness and create a world-class cost position and higher margins”


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Stora Enso: Weaker result for Wood Products

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 28, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The declining trend in turnover and results already seen in the two previous quarters in the Wood Products division of Finnish Stora Enso continued in the second quarter. The division closed out the reporting period with a year-on-year decrease in revenues of 10% and a fall in the EBIT of almost 38%. The company reports that the primary reason for the decline in result of €37m to €23m was the fall in selling prices on markets both in Europe and elsewhere, as well as higher overheads and transport costs. 

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Latvia records stable prices for softwood sawlogs

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
August 27, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In Latvia prices for softwood sawlogs stablised in the second quarter at the level achieved in the first quarter. In the first quarter prices for most of the sawlogs ranges had declined by comparison with the fourth quarter of 2014. According to the Latvian state forest administration LVM, €84.53/m³ ex forest road was the required price for pine sawlogs class I with the top end of the log larger than 28cm. Prices for pine class II with the top end of the log larger than 28cm also remained stable at €77.65/m³. Prices for pine with the top end of the log measuring 18-27.9cm class II decreased slightly to €71.6/m³.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The concrete industry’s big issue with tall wood buildings

Concrete opposition
BC Business
August 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Canada’s concrete industry has come out swinging against taller wood-frame buildings in general and the Quebec government’s recent decision to allow them in particular. The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is arguing that taller wood buildings are not recognized by the National Building Code of Canada and are inferior to concrete buildings in terms of energy efficiency, fire resistance, laminate off-gassing and mould resistance.

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Quebec 12-storey mass timber building guide criticized over fire safety concern

Candian Underwriter
August 27, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ten days after the Quebec government announced a technical guide on building mass timber buildings up to 12 storeys in height, an institute representing the precast prestressed concrete industry suggested there will be a cost of protecting such buildings from fire, during construction. “We have already heard the insurance industry expressing their concerns of insuring these structures, not only during occupancy but also during construction,” stated the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) in a press release Thursday.

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Bag ban public forum will have Forest Grove asking, ‘Paper or plastic?’

The Oregonian
August 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The city of Forest Grove is holding a public forum to help determine whether the question “paper or plastic?” should become a thing of the past at grocery stores and retailers in town. Hosted by the city’s Sustainability Commission, the group which is proposing a citywide ban on plastic checkout bags, the forum will cover the pros and cons of such a ban. …The draft ordinance that proposes the ban would require stores to eliminate all plastic checkout bags – the type you might line your bathroom trash can with – and charge customers a minimum of 5 cents for recyclable paper bags. The ban excludes smaller plastic bags, such as those for wrapping meat, produce or hardware.

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Välinge signs a new 2G/5G wood license in China

IHB The Timber Network
August 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Chinese company Jiangsu Mingle Flooring Co., Ltd has signed a non-exclusive license agreement with Välinge for the use of the 2G/5G locking system for their engineered wood flooring. By signing a license agreement for the use of Välinge’s 2G/5G locking system, Mingle will now be able to meet the growing market demand for a faster and stronger installation method. Mingle Flooring, located in the Jiangsu province, China, was founded in 2011. Up until today, the company has produced engineered flooring with T&G.

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2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

inhabitat
August 28, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Students attending the upcoming 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway will be accommodated in four blocks designed in line with the passivhaus principles. The buildings are beautifully clad in durable wood and able to resist the harsh winter weather of the Gudbrandsdal region. Henning Larsen Architects and SGB designed the student housing named SOPP (short for Studentsamskipnaden i Oppland) and enveloped it in Kebony, which is an environmentally friendly softwood produced in Norway. …Sustainability was the main goal during the design process, resulting in a project that meets the passive house requirements, with minimized energy consumption and sustainable materials. A new heating plant will produce all of the heat needed for internal heating and hot water.

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Forestry

Shaping Our Future Through Global Supply Chains

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
August 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Join us for SFI Inc.’s Annual Conference and 20th anniversary celebration on October 6-8, 2015. As we celebrate 20 years of leadership and growth, we know the actions we take today shape the future of our forests. Growing this future will require a broad range of partnerships and expertise. SFI’s annual conference brings together stakeholders from across the supply chain – from landowners to brand owners and everyone in between – to advance understanding and ensure a better future for all of us.

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Paving a new way for road base material

Daily Commercial News
August 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Building roads over swamps and muskegs has always been a challenge. Having them stand up to the weight of modern mining and forestry equipment has been even tougher. PRS-Neoweb, a geosynthetic polymer road base, aims to fill that gap by employing the strength of a honeycomb cell structure, coupled with a tough nano-engineered material. Using the product as an underlayment, almost any material from sand to a variety of aggregates can be used to fill the cells, creating resilient permanent or temporary roads. Paradox Access Solutions, an Edmonton-based company specializing in access road products and services, is the master supplier of PRS-Neoweb for the Canadian market. The company also builds roads using its own products.

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2015 National Forest Week: Wildland Fire, you can make a difference!

BC Forest Safety Council Newsletter
August 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

National Forest Week (NFW) runs September 20-26, 2015. This year’s theme takes us back to the founding history of the initiative. NFW was established in 1922 as Forest Fire Prevention Week. The intent then was to encourage public awareness of Canada’s forests. At the time, the greatest threat to Canada’s forests came from forest fires, due mainly to human causes. Sound familiar? Since then National Forest Week, as it was renamed in 1967, evolved to encompass the many and varied human and environmental aspects of Canada’s forest resources – past, present and future. NFW’s objectives remain to challenge Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource. 

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No consensus on GMO safety

The Star Phoenix
August 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified organisms is as “overwhelming” as the scientific consensus on man-made climate change. In fact, 89 per cent of scientists who study GMOs, reports Murray Mandryk in his column, Science should drive GMO debate, are convinced they are safe. However, the notion of overwhelming consensus on GMO safety is inaccurate. Claims of consensus are not supported by an objective analysis of the refereed literature, according to 300 independent scientific researchers who signed a joint statement to that effect published in the journal, Environmental Sciences Europe.

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New Science Advisory Committee to Focus on Forestry

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
August 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Department of Natural Resources has created a Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee to enhance the management of Nova Scotia’s Crown-owned woodlands. The committee includes experts on forest science, biodiversity, ecological planning and spatial modelling.  “I’d like to thank all the members of this committee for agreeing to take on this important work,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “I know their contributions will add tremendous value as we move forward in improving forest management in Nova Scotia.”

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Action needed now for Grassy Narrows, says GPO

PR Newswire
August 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Liberal government must take immediate action in Grassy Narrows. It is unacceptable in Ontario that this community has suffered over 40 years of mercury poisoning and still does not have access to safe drinking water… “The GPO is calling for mitigation of the continuing mercury contamination and drinking water problems in the area,” adds Schreiner. “This includes the physical removal of mercury polluted silt in the river system and the limitation of clear-cut forestry practices in the Whiskey Jack Forest to those agreed upon by the First Nation.” Leaders at Grassy Narrows First Nation want to see all logging near their community stopped as they fear it is adding to the problems associated with mercury contamination.

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U.S. Forest Service: Clearcut called for to prevent fires

Letter from Howard Horton
The Missoulian
August 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Evidently, it takes a small boy to speak up and say that the emperor has no clothes on. Today, we need another boy to explain to us dummies that the U.S. Forest Service methods are not working. We need to clearcut half of the forest to prevent fires from spreading. Don’t worry, the woods workers and their companies will get filthy rich harvesting the timber. And the cost of fires in our wilderness areas will be about 10 percent of what it is this year.Now, members of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and
environmental groups will vehemently oppose such a measure.

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UF/IFAS Forestry Professor Earns Top Global Award

Newswise (press release)
August 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States, US West

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After three decades of outstanding forestry research, A UF/IFAS professor will receive one of the top global awards in his field. Eric J. Jokela, a professor of silviculture – managing and producing better forests — and forest nutrition will receive the Barrington Moore Memorial Award in Biological Science by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Since 1955, this annual award recognizes “distinguished individual research in any branch of the biological sciences that has resulted in substantial advances in forestry.”

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Celebrating Pisgah National Forest

Greensboro News & Record
August 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States, US West

We are approaching the 100th anniversary of the Pisgah National Forest, located in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. The total area of the Pisgah National Forest is 512,758 acres. Some 46,600 acres of old-growth forests have been identified in the Pisgah National Forest, with a fourth of that in Linville Gorge. Since the old-growth forests cannot talk, we are indeed fortunate to have documents of activity in the forests from early-day enthusiasts in North Carolina. These were women who were members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and focused on conservation.

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Forest Service hosts Peruvian officials to learn natural resource management

Summit Daily
August 27, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Peruvian natural resource managers have questions about how to protect their country’s forests, and they came to Summit County for answers. A U.S. Forest Service division called International Programs, which promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation in foreign countries, brought top-level Peruvian officials for an educational tour that started Monday in Washington D.C. and ends Friday in Denver. In between, the group spent Thursday, Aug. 27, in Summit learning from local and regional foresters. “They’re under a lot of pressure to develop parts of the Amazon,” said Bill Jackson, Dillon Ranger District district ranger.

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Nelson City Council submits to national forestry standards

Nelson Mail
August 28, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The price of new national standards for forestry could be the protection of Nelson’s waterways, says city councillor Brian McGurk. Nelson city councillor and chairman of the Nelson Biodiversity Forum McGurk said the proposed National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NESPF), which have been out for consultation, showed “vested interests having a bit much influence”. “The concerns I’ve got are the standards they have are very minimal standards,” he said. McGurk said although he was supportive of having a national standard, the draft regulations could ensure cost reduction and other benefits for large-scale companies “at the expense of the wider community and to the detriment of the environment”.

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Forest Fires

Fire erupts in Green Timbers Urban Forest

Surrey North Delta Leader
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters have descended on a blaze in Green Timbers Urban Forest this morning. On Thursday morning, fire crews trucked water deep into the forest to douse a smoldering fire, which was about 60 by 120 metres in size. Water needed to be trucked into the area of the fire, which is about 250 metres south of the park entrance. Deputy Chief Dan Barnscher told CTV news it is a smoldering fire without any active flames. “Typically what this fire could be caused by, it’s not confirmed, is homeless or perhaps street people living in the bush,” he said.

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Washington Stickpin wildfire effort gets help from Shelburne native

CBC News
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A firefighter originally from Nova Scotia now fighting the wildfires burning in British Columbia, says it’s a struggle to stay ahead of the rampant flames. The fire is destroying homes, parks and thousands of acres of trees. Dana Hicks is a firefighter originally from Shelburne, N.S., who now lives in Prince George, B.C. He’s a fire management specialist with the B.C. Wildfire Service and says the battle against the flames is non-stop. “Fire does what it wants to do on the landscape and in the extreme drought conditions that we’re in this summer, it just seems to be running rampant across the landscape. We’re kind of chasing our tails trying to catch up to it,” said Hicks.

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Controlled burn destroyed $100K of cut wood, N.W.T. man says

Kerry Smith says fire officials didn’t warn him about a back burn until it jumped the road
CBC News
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A woodcutter who works near Boundary Creek just off N.W.T.’s Highway 3 says he lost a year’s worth of work when a controlled burn went out of control. Kerry Smith says fire officials with Environment and Natural Resources were doing a back burn near his woodlot earlier this month to prevent a wildfire from spreading, but nobody warned him — or his employee, who lives on site — until the next day, after the fire jumped the road. “I guess he went and had a nap in the afternoon,” Smith says. “The fire come in and two dogs came and woke him up. When he looked outside he saw the fire coming up right overtop the camper here. He jumped on the quad and… he went out the back way to the highway and went down to the neighbours.

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Thursday Wildfire Update from Emergency Operations Centre

The Castlegar Source
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Wildfire Update for August 27, 2015. Details on the following fires
Lynch Creek
Stickpin Fire

Rock Creek Fire
Paulson Fire
Big Sheep Creek Fire
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Oregon Climate Service worries when the wettest forests burn

The Register Guard
August 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

“When a rain forest is on fire, it’s obvious something extraordinary is happening.” That’s the spooky start of an article by Kathie Dello in this month’s Terra, the Oregon State University magazine. Dello is deputy director of the OSU-based Oregon Climate Service, part of a Legislature-created entity charged with the study of and public education on climate change. Dello pointed to the Paradise Fire this spring in coastal Washington’s Olympic National Park. It’s in the temperate rain forest zone, a strip of ordinarily soggy landscape that runs along the northwest coast from British Columbia to San Francisco, marked by rain, mists, evergreen trees, moss and slugs. “So how did we get to the point where a rain forest in one of the wettest parts of the contiguous United States is able to catch fire?” Dello asks.

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‘Explosive fire growth’ expected to drive out-of-control Canyon Creek blaze

The Oregonian
August 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters are bracing for “explosive fire growth” Thursday on the Canyon Creek complex east of John Day after the fire grew by more than 11,000 acres the day before. Local fire departments from around Grant County were pressed into duty Wednesday to protect scores of homes in the path of the fire. Most crews were staffed by volunteers, who worked through the night. They were needed because state fire officials were confident earlier Wednesday that fire conditions were improving. Two task forces of 10 engines from departments in Umatilla and Deschutes counties hit the road first thing Wednesday. They had been on duty to protect homes.

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Ancient cedar groves ride out nearby wildfires

The Spokesman-Review
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

An ancient cedar grove appears to have survived a wildfire that swept through North Idaho, and officials are also optimistic about the fate of a similar stand in Montana. A sprinkler system was set up as the Grizzly fire complex advanced on the Settler’s Grove near Eagle, Idaho. Firefighters had to leave before the system was fully in place, but initial reports indicate that Wednesday’s low-burning fire spared the centuries-old trees, said Shoshana Cooper, acting public affairs officer for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. More will be known when the road to the grove is safe for travel, she said. “It’s a special place for a lot of people,” Cooper said of Settler’s Grove.

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Benchmark fire sees little growth; crews respond to wildfire near Townsend

Helena Independent Record
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters on the Benchmark fire west of Augusta were able to begin building a fire line with the aid of air support Wednesday and Thursday. “They were able to go on direct attack yesterday and build line and that continued into the night,” Dave Cunningham, public affairs officer for the Lewis and Clark National Forest, said Thursday. “They were able to continue to build line today.” The fire remained at about 50 acres burning in dense timber Thursday, he said. The lightning-caused fire ignited Tuesday about 22.5 miles west of Augusta, triggering evacuations in the Benchmark area. 

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Highway closed, evacuations ordered near Montana wildfires

Associated Press in Helena Independent Record
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Mont. — An advancing wildfire led to the evacuation about 100 residents Thursday from their homes on the southern boundary of Montana’s Glacier National Park and forced the closure of a main highway. The 1.7-square-mile fire burning near Essex reached a point that triggered a mandatory evacuation of around 100 residents and the Izaak Walton Inn, fire information officer Sonja Hartmann said. Flathead County sheriff’s deputies started going door to door Thursday afternoon notifying residents to leave, county spokeswoman Jennifer Rankosky said. The residents had been on a pre-evacuation warning since Aug. 19, when they were asked to be packed and ready to leave. “We want to make sure we’re taking people out of there before it’s an emergency,” Hartmann said.

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BLM Director Kornze tours Soda Fire to assess sagebrush restoration

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

The Soda Fire has become the first test of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s sage grouse fire initiative. The jury won’t be in until BLM managers show they can restore the thousands of acre of sagebrush steppe habitat burned. That’s why Neil Kornze, the Bureau of Land Management’s director, on Wednesday toured the land burned in the 279,000-acre fire with some of the team planning rehabilitation efforts. Their challenge is not only to stabilize the areas that could erode and cause flooding, but also to ward off encroaching cheatgrass and medusa-head invasive plants that threaten the sagebrush so important to sage grouse.

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Forest Service Wrap Cabins in Foil To Protect Against Fire

Fox News Radio 1310 KLIX
August 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

NEZ PERCE, Idaho – Officials with the National Forest Service are protecting lookouts and cabins across the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest from wildfire activity in a rather strange way. Officials said they have wrapped the structures in foil to protect them. Forest Service officials estimated that a roll of the multiple-ply foil costs $398. They also used duct tape to seal the foil often line rocks at the bottom to hold foil down. Forest Service crews began using the foil in the late 1980s to protect historic cabins and lookout towers that cannot be replaced. They called the success rate of Shelterwrap “tremendous” in Idaho. One of the buildings being wrapped in foil is the Scurvy Mountain Lookout on the North Fork District. END OF STORY

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All lands north of U.S. 2 on Wenatchee River Ranger District closed due to fire

The Oregonian
August 28, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Severe fire hazard has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close all national forest lands north of U.S. 2 on the Wenatchee River Ranger District to public entry. U.S. 2 crosses Washington’s north-central Cascades between Everett on the west and Wenatchee on the east. “This is not a decision that has been taken lightly,” said district ranger Jeff Rivera in a statement released by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. “Our primary concern is for public and fire fighter safety.”  The closure will be lifted as soon as the unusual wildfire threat is abated, but rainfall predicted for this weekend probably will not be enough to end that threat, he said.

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Senators: More must be done to prevent future wildfires

By Martha Bellisle
Associated Press in The Longview Daily News
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE (AP) — As Washington and other Western states battle huge blazes this summer, two U.S. senators said at a field hearing in Seattle that more needs to be done to prepare for and help prevent future wildfires. The federal legislation they are backing, the Wildland Fire Management Act, would establish community plans to reduce the risks of fires, support forest thinning and increase the ability to fight major fires so they don’t grow into infernos that destroy homes and businesses. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., told The Associated Press before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing at Seattle University she began working on fire legislation after last year’s Carlton Complex fires – at the time the largest in the state’s history.

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Montana Wildfire Roundup for August 26, 2015

Montana Public Radio
August 26, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

…The Sheep fire that’s been threatening the town of Essex just south of Glacier National Park for a week now hasn’t grown significantly. Essex remains on pre-evacuation alert, but Fire Information Officer Jonathan Moor says conditions for the last few days have been favorable enough that fire crews have been able to clean up ground fuels that could drive the fire into Essex. “They have brought in logging equipment and skid-steers. They are also using a dedicated set of BNSF railroad trains and cars to move logs away from the area between the fire and Essex,” Moor says.

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Forest Service employees fight fires out west

Andalusia Star News
August 27, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: US East, United States

As wildfires continue to burn in several western states, staff members from the local Forest Service are lending a helping hand to fight the fires. District Ranger Tim Mersmann said four people in total from his organization have gone to help put out the detrimental fires and another is set to leave this weekend. “The Forest Service in Alabama currently has 35 people on assignment,” he said. “There will be an additional 10 by this weekend for a total of 45. To date, we have dispatched people on over 100 assignments.” Locally, the Forest Service’s two wildland fire engines have also been sent out west. “Wildland fire response is priority work for us,” he said. “We often have opportunity to send our trained and qualified people and resources out there.” Mersmann said he tries to keep some of his capacity at home because it’s dry here locally, as well.

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