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Business & Politics

Bonfire of volatilities: fallout from China’s contentious move to market-based economy

Business in Vancouver
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, International

In January, Russ Taylor was in China watching the price of B.C. lumber crash to the floor in response to record declines in real estate prices. “Every day we’d see lower prices, we’d see buyers in distress; it was just ugly,” the president of Vancouver-based International Wood Markets Group told Business in Vancouver. “Builders had stopped building, they’d run out of cash, the banks weren’t lending money, they weren’t able to sell their homes because sales were down, and the whole supply chain just started to shut down with log [and lumber] inventories piling up at the docks.” Taylor said he’d never seen lumber inventories that high, but the stockpile was to keep growing over the next four months.

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Election 2015: Candidates share economic strategies

Nanaimo Daily News
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Today marks the second in a series of questions posed to local candidates. Question: “What will you do to stimulate the economic activity on Vancouver Island?… Sheila Malcolmson, NDP… New Democrats have been calling for an end to the senseless export of raw logs for a long time. And we’ll end the Conservatives unconditional handout of billions of tax dollars to large corporations… Paul Manly, Green…As your Green MP… And finally, I will work to end raw log exports. We need to use our natural resources for maximum employment in value-added industries, and we must ensure that international trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement don’t take away our ability to do that.

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Strong pulp mill odor hanging over Longview area

The Longview Daily News
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Longview’s air may stink like rotten eggs, but the pulp mill odor wafting around town this week poses no health hazard, according to the Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management. The stench originates at KapStone. It is from non-condensible gases from turpentine, which is part of the pulp and paper making process. The odor is irritating but nontoxic, DEM Coordinator Lori Hendrickson said. The levels are below the reportable quantity to be considered a health, safety or environmental concern, she said.

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G&G Forest Products Has Relied on Woodland Equipment for Decades

TimberLine Magazine
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FLORENCE, Wisconsin – There’s nothing as self-motivating as being your own boss. That’s the way Lance Glime, owner of G&G Forest Products, Inc. sees it. Lance has worked full-time in the woods with his father, Mike, since graduating from high school. Lance operates a TimberPro TN725-B with Risley Rolly harvesting head, Mike runs the Komatsu 840 forwarder. Lance’s wife Sue manages the office and tries to keep them both in line. No day is trouble-free, of course. Yet across most of the 26-plus years he has been logging, Lance has had a strong partner in Woodland Equipment, Inc. in Iron River, Mich. Why? In addition to purchasing equipment from Woodland, Lance has been able to rely on Woodland Equipment during some trying times.

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Former Simpson Mill Back Up for Sale

Building-Products
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor has placed the former Simpson Lumber mill on the Tacoma Tideflats up for sale, just five months after acquiring the property. The new owner shut down the facility May 22, after two months of struggling to make the relatively modern mill profitable amid falling lumber prices. The mill was among four Simpson properties Interfor purchased for $94.7 million. Built in 2000, the mill had been recently upgraded and had an annual capacity of 400 million bd. ft.—although it produced less than half that total in 2014. END OF STORY

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Stirling-based forestry company Tilhill bought out

BBC News
September 2, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A leading forestry company based in Stirling has been bought out by a national timber group. Tilhill Forestry was established in 1948 and grew to become the UK’s largest forest management and timber harvesting company. It will now operate as a subsidiary of BSW Timber Limited, a Berwickshire-based firm which operates sawmills across the UK and in Latvia. Tilhill was previously owned by Finnish forestry giant UPM.  The firm will retain its previous management and directorship, with three new board members joining from BSW.

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South Korean Market On Ice

Biomass Magazine
September 1, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

…For now, the Canadian-Korea pellet trade is at a stand-still and really has been since this spring. The stoppage can be traced back by a decision by the Korean government to require a either FSC or PEFC chain-of-custody certification for all bids submitted to wood pellet tenders (basically an RFP). This caused a number of reactions including the issuance, Gordon tells me, of certificates that were later deemed to be fraudulent by some Vietnamese pellet producers (currently the largest supplier of wood pellets to Korea).

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Prairie Wood Solutions Fair

Wood Works!
September 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A one-day educational event on wood products and construction. Early bird registration ends tomorrow at 5 pm. Register today for a chance to win our early bird prize – Architecture LEGO! Early bird registration ends at 5pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
The early bird prize winner will be announced on Thursday, September 3.

EVENT INFORMATION
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8am-5pm
Edmonton Expo Centre | Northlands, 7515 118 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4X5
Cost: $50+GST (includes lunch and parking)

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Timber Block Announces Partnership Opportunity in Select Markets

PR Newswire
September 1, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. — Timber Block USA, a designer, fabricator, and innovator in panelized home construction, is announcing a new release of dealership opportunities in select markets across the United States. Orders are approaching existing capacity and a strategic decision has been made to expand through select dealer/partnerships. Timber Block formally entered the United States a few years ago when it opened its first corporate model home. In a little over two years, the U.S. operation has exceeded all of its goals. Specifically, sales performance over the last twelve months has demanded expansion. 

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Timber’s Transformation: An Old Building Material is Reborn

Metropolis
September 2, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

We ask: If the 19th century modern building technology was associated with steel and the 20th century with concrete, could the 21st be the century of “MCT,” mass construction timber?.. Stateside, the Boston Society of Architects recently featured Urban Timber, an exhibit showcasing innovative developments in wood technology and construction, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a $2M ideas competition for the design of tall wood buildings. Given all of this hoopla, one could assume that we are on the verge of a global timber revolution, yet the U.S. is lagging far behind our European neighbors. In fact, to date, neither the U.S. nor Canadian building codes explicitly recognize mass timber structural systems.

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Forestry

Comment: Wetter weather could spell danger for Walbran

By Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island campaigner with the Wilderness Committee
Times Colonist
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The rain that arrived last weekend was a welcome relief for the rivers and streams on Vancouver Island. But for one valley, the wet weather could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing… But it has also stalled industrial activity in the tinder-dry forests, including proposed clearcut logging in the ancient forests of the central Walbran Valley. The Walbran, which sits just a few hours west and north of Victoria in unceded Nuu-chah-nulth territory, contains some of the most spectacular and ecologically important old-growth rainforest in Canada. In May, the Wilderness Committee learned that this tract of thousand-year-old trees is under direct threat of destruction by logging company Teal Jones.

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WorkSafeBC sharing videos around the world

Journal of Commerce
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In less than a decade, WorkSafeBC’s video production has evolved from a handful of cassette tapes to tens of millions of views online. Gordon Thorne, manager of product and program development, said WorkSafeBC started out distributing videos in the form of VHS tapes out of a bookstore. The reach was limited. A study showed that after three years less than 800 tapes had been dispersed. In 2006, WorkSafeBC made the switch online to YouTube. “We saw an exponential jump in the number of people who were having access to our videos,” Thorne said.

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Forest minister hears concerns

Williams Lake Tribune
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Predator management, timber supply, and human-caused fires were some of the discussions local stakeholders had with Steve Thomson, B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations when he visited the Cariboo-Chilcotin last week. Accompanied by Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, Thomson met with representatives of Williams Lake City Council, Cariboo Regional District, West Fraser, Tolko and local union representatives. He traveled to Redstone to meet with ranchers, and was also meeting with stakeholders in Lac La Hache and 100 Mile House. Thomson said the top topics have been current drought conditions, predator management, wildfires, fishing and fibre supply in the forest industry.

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B.C. tree-faller certification questioned

24 Hrs Vancouver
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A study funded by WorkSafeBC is questioning the effectiveness of a certification program tree-fallers in B.C. have been required to pay for and obtain for nearly a decade, suggesting the certification process has had no effect to reduce injuries. Lead author Chris McLeod, an associate professor in the University of B.C. School of Population and Public Health, examined injury rates among manual tree fallers — those who use chainsaw equipment to take down trees — between 2003 and 2008. He was trying to examine injury rates before and after the B.C. Faller Training Standard was made mandatory in 2006 — some had participated voluntarily since 2004. What he found were no significant differences in the number of people getting hurt in an industry that regularly sees fatalities each year.

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The Federal Forest Service Has Built a Tinderbox

Insider Online Policy Ideas for advancing Liberty
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Wildfires are on pace to break some records for area burned this year. Climatic factors may explain the spike, writes Julian Morris, but we should look to federal land management practices to understand the rise in wildfire damage in recent decades. In particular, he points to the practice of suppressing all fires instead of allowing smaller, controlled burns to clear out fuel that accumulates in national forests. Morris explains: “In a dense forest full of diseased and dead trees, a lightning strike rises up the ladder created by the thick understory, reaching the crown. The resulting, explosive crown fire then spreads rapidly, especially in arid, windy conditions.” Reducing timber harvests has also increased the density of fuel in the National Forests, making them susceptible to uncontrolled fires…

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The Sierra Club has become a front group for its donors’ financial interests (OPINION)

The Oregonian
August 29, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

One of America’s most respected environmental nonprofits has traded in one kind of green for another. Some of the Sierra Club’s board members and most important donors have put the almighty dollar before Mother Earth by encouraging the organization to engage in activities that bolster their bottom line. In a new report, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute reveals that many environmental activists benefit richly from their donations to the Sierra Club.

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My View: Timber policies hurt habitat

by Timothy Christopher, community relations manager for the Oregon Land Legacy project
Portland Tribune
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Our nation’s forest management policies are literally destroying the forests we believed they were to protect. The discussion here in Oregon and the West isn’t if or when we will have a forest fire, but how many catastrophic fires will Oregonians have to suffer through this fire season. The “locking-up” of the forests in Oregon started in the late 1980s and early ‘90s with the stated intention of saving the northern spotted owl from extinction. What ensued was the decimation of much of rural Oregon’s economy. But perhaps the most infamous side effect was that forest fires in Oregon and other western states have become larger and more intense, destroying the very forests that were supposed to be protected.

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Editorial: It’s definitely time to grow better forest policies

Thinning and maintenance are clearly needed.
East Oregonian
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s good to see some of the West’s U.S. senators working across the political aisle in hopes of developing better forest management strategies in light of this summer’s disastrous wildfires. As reported by the Seattle Times, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., last Thursday took testimony from wildfire specialists “and pledged bipartisan action to boost forest-thinning and controlled burns — and an end to the raiding of the U.S. Forest Service’s fire-prevention budget.” A major revamping of forest planning is timely. Though still sparsely populated by global standards, Pacific Northwest forests are increasingly interspersed with housing, at the same time that climatic changes result in tinderbox-like conditions that are consuming thousands of acres this summer.

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Timber focus of Con-Con meeting

International Falls Journal
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Koochiching County Land Commissioner Nathan Heibel and Department of Natural Resources Area Forest Supervisor Dana Carlson Thursday discussed with members of the Koochiching County Con-Con Committee their respective plans for keeping the timber industry in Koochiching County viable. Both forest managers explained they are in the process of reviewing their inventory and both believe that there is a good supply of merchantable timber, reported member Soren Olesen. They said they both plan to continue to manage the forests in northwestern Koochiching County to maintain a strong timber industry.

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Forest management: Get behind Rep. Zinke’s proposal

Letter by Chris A. Linkenhoker
The Missoulian
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There is no time to waste. We are way behind the eight ball. Right now there should be hundreds of trucks on our highways hauling a variety of wood products to their intended markets, removing fuel from future fires, locking carbon into our homes and the other plethora of wood products that we all use every single day, and removing sick trees that are subject to serious insects and disease. All of us should get behind U.S. Congressman Ryan Zinke’s forest stewardship program. Friends of the Bitterroot and Alliance for the Wild Rockies need to stand down – just get out of the way. If you don’t, you will pay a dear price in the court of public opinion.

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Field day stresses importance of forest management

The Chadron Record
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The northern Panhandle is no stranger to devastating wildfires. Preventing extensive damage from fire, insects and disease was the focus of the annual statewide Forestry Field Day hosted by Chadron State Park. The Deadhorse Fire in 1973 and the 1989 Fort Robinson Fire served as wake-up calls for those working in forest management, said Mike Groenewold, a park horticulturist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. In the aftermath of those fires, Chadron State Park began a selective harvesting program…. …Fire plays an important role in the ecosystem, but human habits have changed fire behavior as land use as shifted, said Dr. Derek Scasta from the University of Wyoming. European settlement introduced a different type of grazing and introduced fire suppression to the ecosystem, changing plant structures.

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Major forest acquisition aims to reduce wildland fire, increase water supplies

Scientists to test forest restoration techniques and restore forest health
The Folsom Telegraph
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the wake of massive wildfires across drought-stricken California, the American River Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy and Northern Sierra Partnership announced the acquisition of 10,115 acres of forest in the fire-endangered Sierra Nevada. Now protected, this massive watershed—referred to as the American River Headwaters—will serve as a living laboratory for scientists to test how forest restoration could reduce the risk of mega-fires and increase the state’s dwindling water supply while improving wildlife habitat. The property will be owned by the American River Conservancy and the restoration and research activities will be implemented in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

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Flake praises 4FRI, disappointed in Good Earth Power

Arizona Daily Sun
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake praised the collaboration between local and state governments and the federal government on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative during a visit to Flagstaff Tuesday. He didn’t give the entire initiative glowing reviews, though, saying he was frustrated with the lack of progress by primary project contractor Good Earth Power and the lack of access to timber on U.S. Forest Service lands. Flake was in the Flagstaff area Tuesday to tour Newpac Fibre in Williams, check on Good Earth Power’s mill and forest thinning operations east of Williams, speak with Flagstaff City Council, and lunch with APS and members of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce.

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Drought And Beetle Infestation Killing California Forests

Capital Public Radio
August 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Aerial surveys around the state show more than 20 million dead trees so far this year. The drought has a partner in crime – the pine beetle. If this deadly combination continues it could drastically change California’s forested landscape. To understand the impact of the drought in the Sierra Nevada forests, one need only visit Al Anderson’s 800-acre ranch in Mariposa County. Loggers are busy cutting down dead trees on his property. Anderson says over the last two years, he’s watched his trees die. “We took out more than 40 loads in April and May and we thought we pretty much had it,” says Anderson. “Then, the day after the loggers left, we noticed more trees were dying.”

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Clallam commissioners closer to forming timber reconveyance committee (with audio)

KONP.com
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

(PORT ANGELES) Commissioners in Clallam County are moving closer to establishing a committee that will look into the re-conveyance of trust lands to the county. County commissioners want to form a Trust Lands Advisory Committee that will specifically work for ensuring that the DNR is fulfilling its obligations of Trust Land to taxing districts within Clallam County. Commissioner Jim McEntire explains what the Commissioners hope to see from the committee….Arrearage of timber harvest is proving to be a hard figure to pin down
with the DNR. Commissioner Bill Peach said the DNR has not brought
forward any up to date figures that show what the county junior tax
districts are owed over the last ten years.

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Put foresters to work

Letter from Jack Hay
Dalles Chronicle
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This last week Sen. Merkley announced that he is sponsoring a bill to fully fund fire fighting. He is concerned about the fires in the west but hasn’t he heard that we are $18 trillion in debt and going up? We can’t keep spending money. #Instead of throwing more money at the problem, why not put people back to work in the forest? Start up the saw mills…Why not clean up the load of wood fuel that is clogging and ruining the forest environment. Stop destroying fire access roads and rebuild them. Allow greater pasturing of wooded lands with cattle, sheep and goats to clean up areas.

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Confessions of a former tree hugger

Ohio’s Country Journal
August 31, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Alan Walter refers to himself as a “tree hugger” when he first purchased his hilly, heavily wooded property in Harrison County. “I bought this 150-acre farm in 1990 because I was looking for a place to mushroom hunt. I had always liked nature and liked being in the woods, but at that point I really had no idea what I was going to do with the property. At that stage in my life I was a member of Greenpeace and more of a tree hugger type of person who wanted to preserve the trees and keep them from being cut down,” Walter said….The change in his attitude began after Clum convinced him to attend a
monthly meeting of the East Central Ohio Forestry Association (ECOFA).

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Statewide forestry inventory results released

By Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Communications
Suwannee Democrat
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the results of an inventory of Florida’s nearly 17 million acres of forestland. The study, led by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service, evaluated the distribution, availability, ownership and sustainability of Florida’s timber resources. Florida’s forestry industry employs 80,700 Floridians and infuses $16.3 billion into the state’s economy.

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Enigma of the trees that resist wildfires

BBC News
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Spanish scientists Bernabé and José Moya couldn’t believe their eyes. More than 20,000 hectares of forest were charred. But in the middle of the devastation, a group of cypresses was still standing tall and green. When a fire swept through an experimental plot in Andilla, in the Spanish province of Valencia in 2012, it gave researchers the perfect opportunity. The plot, which was part of CypFire, a project financed by the European Union, was established during the 1980s to test the resistance of more than 50 varieties of Mediterranean cypress to a pathogenic fungus.

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Trees covering an area twice the size of Portugal lost in 2014, study finds

Palm oil plantations are devouring forests rapidly worldwide, with west Africa becoming the new hot spot for tree loss
The Guardian
September 2, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Trees covering an area twice the size of Portugal were lost worldwide in 2014, according to an analysis which shows west Africa is becoming a new hotspot for tree cover loss. Demand for palm oil, used in everything from margarine to shampoo, is blamed for four west African states featuring in a list of 10 countries where the rate of tree loss has accelerated fastest since the millennium. Globally, 18m hectares were lost last year due to both manmade and natural causes, satellite data published by Global Forests Watch shows. Researchers at the US-based World Resources Institute (WRI) who analysed
the data said they were surprised by the west Africa finding.

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Royal Forestry Society expands teaching programme

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has expanded its successful Teaching Trees project into the East Midlands and the National Forest from the start of this academic year (September 2015).
Horticulture Week
September 1, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The move is phase one of a planned expansion across the country. It has been made possible following an appeal to RFS Members and others which raised more than £60,000 to fund the expansion Nicki Jempson, a former primary school teacher from Market Bosworth, has been appointed RFS’s first Teaching Trees Education Officer for the East Midlands. She has taught for 24 years and will be delivering the free sessions from the RFS’s Battram Wood near Ibstock, in the National Forest. She said: “Working in the outdoors with children is incredibly rewarding – for them, as well as for teachers. It often brings children who might otherwise be reticent in a classroom setting, out of themselves.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Swedish pulp company invests $7 million in biomass boiler

Biomass Magazine
September 1, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Waggeryd Cell in Sweden has invested 60 million SEK ($7.1 million) in a biomass boiler in order to replace liquid propane gas (LPG)with bioenergy as energy source for the flash dryer. The ground work is just about to start. The mounting of the boiler will begin during March 2016 and the start-up is scheduled for September. The mill’s emission of fossil carbon dioxide will be reduced by 85 percent. Waggeryd Cell produces bleached chemi-thermomechanica softwood pulp (CTMP) and since start-up in 1989, the whole production has been flash dried using LPG as heat source.

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Forest Fires

Saving structures

Alberni Valley News
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

While close to 450 hectares of forest on Dog Mountain have gone up in flames, only one cabin was destroyed thanks to the efforts of six Comox firefighters. Considering the 21 cabins located within those 450 hectares, Comox Valley fire Chief Gord Schreiner is calling his crew’s mission a success. “We got here Sunday (July 5) afternoon,” said Schreiner. His crew is a six-man team from the Comox Valley Fire Department that spent a week installing sprinkler units on homes at risk of burning in the Dog Mountain blaze. “The Comox Fire Department started one of the first structural protection teams on the Island,” said Schreiner. While he’s the fire chief for the town of Comox, he was in the Alberni Valley last month on behalf of the provincial office of the fire commissioner.

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Showers help ease Island forest fires

Times Colonist
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rainy weather over the past few days has helped forest-fire crews around B.C., including those at the Lizard Lake fire near Port Renfrew. The human-caused fire has been burning for close to three weeks about 11.5 kilometres northeast of Port Renfrew and 27 km southwest of the Town of Lake Cowichan. The Pacific Marine Road between the two communities was closed as a result of the fire, but reopened last week. The rain has helped get the fire to a point where it is 90 per cent contained, said Donna MacPherson, a fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre. “It certainly helped,” she said. “It meant the crews could make better progress.”

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Rock Creek fire 100 per cent contained; high winds still expected in area

Castlegar Source
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s been almost three weeks since the Rock Creek fire flared up, sending campers fleeing from the Kettle River Provincial Park, and forcing hundreds of residents to leave their homes.  Today, the good news has come in that the Rock Creek-Westbridge fire is 100 per cent contained at 4,417 hectares.  According to the BC Wildfire Service, crews are continuing to work on hotspots inside the perimeter, patrol the area and mop up the fire boundary. They are also recovering some of their equipment.  In a release, the Service said a scan is scheduled for this morning.

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A summer of fire, smoke, ash and climate change

Troy Media
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quathiaski Cove, BC – Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned, along with hundreds of homes. Firefighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding. 

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Editorial: Congressional paralysis fails to amuse

Corvallis Gazette-Times
August 31, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

It used to be that Americans would joke about the ideal member of Congress: He or she would specialize in winning plenty of federal grants for the home district, but when it got much beyond bringing back the bacon, we’d be happy with inaction. After all, we’d reason, an ineffective Congress wasn’t doing any damage to anybody, as long as those federal checks kept coming to our mailboxes. That doesn’t seem quite as funny anymore, now that each session of Congress continues racking up fresh records for ineffectiveness and gridlock seems to be the new order.

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Fort Carson, Black Forest send more firefighters to battle West Coast blazes

Colorado Springs Gazette
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

As fires continue to burn along the West Coast, local agencies continue to send help. Fort Carson announced Tuesday that it has sent six Department of the Army civilian firefighters to Washington to help fight wildfires. The Colorado Springs Fire Department, Peterson Air Force Base, Black Forest Fire Rescue and the Fountain Fire Department have also sent firefighters to help. The civilians deployed Saturday and will serve as crew bosses and advisors at the Yakima Training Center. They will train and lead 325 military members as hand crews battling fires, Fort Carson said. They are expected to be deployed for about 30 days, although that could change. Fort Carson last provided wildland firefighting support off post in 2012, during the Black Forest fire.

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Elevenmile Fire burning nearly 10,000 acres in Salmon-Challis National Forest

KMVT
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

CHALLIS, Idaho – Crews continue to battle the Elevenmile Fire in the Salmon–Challis National Forest, which has grown to nearly 10,000 acres. The fire was first reported over a week ago and was apparently caused by lightning. 460 firefighters were on the fire today. According to the fire information officer, thick timber of Lodge Pole Pine and steep terrain are making the job difficult, but the fire’s footprint has not grown in the last couple of days.

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Cool weather moderates western Montana fires

The Missoulian
September 1, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

TARKIO – Firefighters made strong progress at the West Fork Fish Creek fire on Tuesday, with helicopter water drops checking its western spread. A crew of 204 on the ground was able to build control lines along the northern and eastern edges of the 12,283-acre fire west of Missoula, while protecting numerous buildings near the Clearwater Crossing trailhead. Mandatory evacuation notices remain in place for cabins and homes along the West Fork Fish Creek Road south of Big Pine Fishing Access. Those with urgent need to visit their homes can make arrangements through the fire’s incident command center by calling (406) 822-9004 between 10 and 11 a.m. or 6:30 and 7 p.m.

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