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Business & Politics

In the Matter of Resolute v. United States Department of Agriculture

Canada Newswire press release
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL, – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced that a U.S. federal court has ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to try again to provide “a reasoned and coherent treatment” of its decision implementing an order to collect taxes on softwood lumber shipments in the United States. On September 9, 2015, the court granted part of Resolute’s motion contesting the lawfulness of the USDA’s “Softwood Lumber Checkoff” order imposing the tax. According to the court, the government’s explanation of its decision to exclude certain softwood lumber manufacturers from paying or voting on the tax “strains credulity,” and the USDA was either “hiding the ball” or else “ill informed” about the number of companies it had exempted.

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Wall of cheap Canadian wood to surge south when deal expires

By Peter Woodbridge
Business in Vancouver
September 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Christmas will arrive early for American buyers of Canadian softwood lumber. The nine-year-old Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expires shortly. Hamstrung by a 12-month standstill agreement, the U.S. cannot invoke any surprise emergency trade measures in the interim. A wall of wood, gift-wrapped in devalued Canadian mill wrap, inevitably will surge south. Lumber is accumulating at sawmills, transit yards and rail points inside Canada. Shipped today, B.C.’s backlog would incur a 15% tariff entering the United States. That tariff disappears on Canadian sawmillers’ Mardi Gras day – potentially a yearlong extended Fat Tuesday celebration starting on October 13.

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Canfor Price Target Cut to C$27.00 by Analysts at Dundee Securities

All Web News
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Equities researchers at Dundee Securities lowered their price objective on shares of Canfor (TSE:CFP) from C$31.00 to C$27.00 in a research note issued to investors on Monday, Market Beat.com reports. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Dundee Securities’ target price suggests a potential upside of 40.92% from the stock’s previous close. Canfor traded down 3.97% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $18.40. 207,769 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $21.46 and its 200-day moving average is $24.79. Canfor has a 12 month low of $18.38 and a 12 month high of $31.93. The company has a market cap of $2.46 billion and a P/E ratio of 21.45.

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Interfor Corp Price Target Lowered to C$19.00 at Canaccord Genuity

WKRB News & Analysis
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor Corp (TSE:IFP) had its target price lowered by Canaccord Genuity from C$24.00 to C$19.00 in a report released on Friday, AnalystRatings.Net reports. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock. Interfor Corp opened at 12.44 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $14.40 and its 200 day moving average price is $17.98. The firm’s market cap is $871.17 million. Interfor Corp has a one year low of $11.42 and a one year high of $23.61. Interfor Corp last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 30th. 

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The Trans Pacific Partnership hurts us

Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed international trade agreement between Canada and 11 other nations, is a bad deal for Canadians and deserves far more scrutiny. The TPP will limit our access to generic drugs, erode health, labour, safety, consumer and environmental standards, threaten the viability of the CBC and Canada Post, and end Canadian content rules for culture industries. The TPP could also have negative consequences for forestry jobs on Vancouver Island. A leaked memo from Canada’s Foreign Affairs department reveals the TPP could result in the elimination of forestry tariffs to B.C., removing or significantly modifying control of raw log exports. The export of raw logs from BC has led to mill closures and devastating job losses. The priority of our governments should be to create favourable conditions for value-added industries that employ Canadian workers. Locking Canada into trade agreements that will only increase raw resource exports is a sell out.

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Kruger Packaging invests $250 million in the Trois-Rivières Mill

Canada Newswire press release
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC,  – Kruger Packaging L.P. today announced an investment of $250 million to convert the No. 10 Newsprint Machine (PM10) at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill to manufacture 100% recycled lightweight linerboard. This major project, to be carried out with the support of the Government of Québec, was announced in the presence of Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec; Laurent Lessard, Minister of Forests, Fauna and Parks; Jean-Denis Girard, Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, Minister responsible for the Mauricie region and MNA for Trois-Rivières, and Joseph Kruger II, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Kruger Inc.

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Largest particleboard mill to be built in northern Michigan

WPBN
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The single largest continuous particleboard press in North America is going to be built here in northern Michigan. ARAUCO North America, based in Atlanta Georgia, announced their plans to build a new particleboard mill in Grayling on Monday. The $325-million investment will be the largest particleboard on the continent, and one of the highest capacity presses in the world. Ground-breaking is estimated for late 2016, with the roll out of the first panel in late 2018. ARAUCO says the investment will generate around 250 permanent jobs, and is expected to yield important economic and community development benefits to the Crawford County region. “250 jobs is a lot of jobs that’s going to employ a lot of people I think it will improve the quality of life,” said Grayling Charter Township Supervisor, Rick Harland.

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Georgia Pacific lumber mill seeks to boost production; EPD says increased emissions not hazardous

Rome News Tribune
September 15, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The Georgia-Pacific Wood Products South lumber plant on Mays Bridge Road is making plans to increase its production by more than 60 percent — although to do that, they’ll need state approval to increase its emissions. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Air Protection branch is seeking comment on the proposal, but it’s already given preliminary approval. “They’re doing what I think every other lumber kiln in the state is doing,” said Eric Cornwell, EPD program manager for stationary source permitting.

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UK timber product import volumes reduce

Timber Trades Journal
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The latest Timber Trade Federation (TTF) statistics show that UK imported timber product volumes contracted in Q2 – the first quarterly fall since Q1 in 2013. Import volumes in Q2 were 3.5% lower than in Q2, 2014, while for the first half of 2015 imports were 1.3% (60,000m3) less than a year ago. Total imports from January to June were 4.67 million m3. Solid wood imports were around 2% lower than a year ago, while imports of panel products were less than 1% lower. Softwood imports in the six month period were down 1.1% to 2.96 million m3, with the four leading supplier countries – Sweden, Latvia, Finland and Russia – recording growth or similar volumes to a year ago. Russia achieved the highest growth – up 16% from a year ago.

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Tasmanian Government set to give more money to people affected by forestry downturn

ABC News Australia
September 14, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is set to give more taxpayer money to people affected by the severe downturn in the forestry industry, as part of a hardship program to be announced within weeks. Already $85 million has been provided to Tasmanians devastated after the collapse of forestry giant Gunns, including money for retraining, leaving the industry and financial transition support. However, road builders missed out on the money and some have been lobbying for almost five years to get the compensation they say they deserve. Correspondence obtained by the ABC reveals the Tasmanian Government may grant their wish soon.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Latest Green Globes Draft Open for Public Comment

Green Building
September 15, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Green Building Initiative (GBI), developer of the Green Globes rating system, has released a draft of its GBI-01 standard for public comment. …The current version of the standard was published in 2010, though GBI updated Green Globes in 2013 in a process separate from ANSI standard development. Future updates are set to continue under ANSI’s “continuous maintenance” guidelines. …Green Globes has spurred criticism in the past, due primarily to its zealous support from the mainstream timber and plastics industries—support that has sometimes been expressed as lobbying for legislation that bans or otherwise restricts the use of LEED. …A public-comment form can be downloaded on the GBI website, and the comment period will remain open through October 26, 2015.

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Forestry

Wildfire audit of oil and gas sites near Fort St. John

BC Forest Practices Board
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will audit the fire protection activities of oil and gas operators in the Lower Beatton Landscape Unit, in the Peace district, during the week of Sept. 21, 2015, for compliance with the Wildfire Act. The audit will include whether the operators have completed fire hazard assessments, treated any identified forest fuel hazards, and have sufficient fire suppression tools and water delivery systems on active sites The audit area covers 500,000 hectares, surrounded by the Halfway River to the west, the Blueberry River to the north, the Peace River to the south and the Alberta border to the east.

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Board to audit four woodlots in Creston and Kaslo area

BC Forest Practices Board
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine forest practices on four woodlots in the Selkirk district, during the week of Sept. 21, 2015, for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. Auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture and fire prevention practices. Auditors will also look at how the woodlot licence holders address important local values, such as visual quality along the Highway 3 and 31 corridors and adjacent lakes, outdoor recreation and hunting, as well as wildlife habitat including grizzly bear, mountain goats and caribou.

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Island Timberlands closes trails

Alberni Valley Times
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Island Timberlands announced Wednesday the weekday closure of the trails behind Coombs Country Candy, including those leading up to the Lookout. The recreational access closure was put into place while the company undertakes active logging in the area. The last time Island Timberlands harvested the private land was in 2012 and the impact is expected to be similar in size. “It will be a similar harvest pattern with a few small openings visible,” said Makenzie Leine, Island Timberlands’s manager of community and government relations. Leine said the work will be performed using all ground-based equipment with some work being done close to trails.

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Pilot’s friend made grim find of crash site

Timmins Press
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OLEYET – Despite the mobilization of the police, military and volunteers to find a helicopter that went missing with two men inside last week, it was their friend and employer who eventually located their crash site in the wilderness near Horwood Lake. The victims of the crash were 24-year-old Jeremie Belanger of Kapuskasing and 41-year-old Ken Mielke of Kitchener. Both men were pilots were pilots for Apex Helicopters, which was performing aerial spraying for a forestry company when they and their Robinson R44 helicopter went missing on Wednesday. After two days of searching had not turned up any sign of the pair or the aircraft, the owner of Apex, Chris Vankoughnett, decided to try to retrace their flight path with the assistance of the forester his company had been working with.

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Newfoundland considering commercial operator’s harvesting request

Atlantic Farm Focus
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

LETHBRIDGE, N.F. – The Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry Service is proposing an amendment to the Five Year plan for Forest Management District 2, to accommodate a commercial harvesting request. The request for the amendment was registered with the Department of Environment on Aug. 28, and public comments are welcomed until Oct. 5. The minister’s decision is due by Oct. 12. The amendment being requested is for harvesting block C0234, near Lethbridge on the Bonavista Peninsula, for a new commercial operator who has been allocated a 500 cubic metre annual permit.

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Crown timber investigation turns up drugs, weapons, stolen property

Colchester RCMP arrest three men on slew of criminal charges, Excise and Revenue Act offences
CBC News
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia conservation officers got more than they bargained for when they went looking for suspects in a stolen timber operation on Crown land. Officers with the Department of Natural Resources searched a Lanesville, Colchester County, property for illegal harvesting and sale of Crown timber and found a cache of drugs, guns and stolen property, including a tractor, chain saws and ATVs. The officers called in Colchester RCMP and police searched another Lanesville property. They found more drugs, including pills believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana plants, illegal cigarettes, guns and a crossbow.

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Forest health requires immediate action

The Missoulian
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I hate to disappoint Mike Garrity of Alliance for the Wild Rockies (guest column, Sept. 8), but elk love clearcuts, for the simple reason that they love to eat, and closed-canopy forests produce very little of what they love to eat – grass. Elk, like cattle, are grazers, and when an elk herd finds a great stash of grass, they are like lawnmowers. The biggest clearcut in American history was the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption, and the resident elk herd numbers exploded shortly thereafter. I know; I was there. …Jack Ward Thomas, former Region 1 forester and chief of the U.S. Forest Service, produced an awesome guide for managing timber for the benefit of wildlife called “Wildlife Habitats in a Managed Forest” in 1979. I used it to design timber sales for many years – it was my forester’s “bible.” The result of state-of-the-art research in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, it concluded that the optimum elk habitat ratio of cover to forage was 40/60, when distributed correctly. 

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Feds’ Refusal to Stop Tongass Wolf Hunt Spurs Groups to File Emergency Endangered Species Act Petition

Center for Biological Diversity
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— In a move to protect a troubled wolf population in Southeast Alaska, six conservation organizations today petitioned for an emergency listing of Alexander Archipelago wolves under the Endangered Species Act. The petition follows a decision on Friday by the Federal Subsistence Board that denied the groups’ July request to close federal wolf-hunting and trapping seasons on Prince of Wales and nearby islands. The wolf-hunting season opened Sept. 1, and the trapping season opens on Nov. 15. In addition, a state wolf-trapping and hunting season set to open on Dec. 1 in the same area was approved last month by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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The Science Behind 4FRI: Forest Restoration In Arizona

KJAA 91.5
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While held up by politics and economics, the nation’s largest forest thinning project is founded on partnerships and sound science. Even though it is well behind schedule, restoration of southwestern forests may be one of the region’s smartest investments. Northwest of Flagstaff, Tayloe Dubay of Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI), is at a test plot studying forest thinning and its ecological effects. Surrounded by a control area of small trees, towering ponderosas stand alone in open grasses. “I think the oldest dated tree here goes back to 1555,” said Dubay. “About 350 is the average. We’re able to measure an increase in resin production. Which helps them protect against bark beetle invasion.”

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Forest Collaboration in Northeast Washington: Mark Teply Interview

Evergreen Magazine
September 12, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Forest collaboration and stewardship contracting are of great value as tools for engaging and energizing stakeholders and getting work done on the ground. But, when you look at the effort needed to plan each project, the scale of the need to treat Federal lands, and the limited resources available for these projects, I wonder how all of the work is going to get done.” …Mr. Teply has been a field scientist for 30 years. He holds degrees in
forestry and natural resource management from the University of Michigan
and the University of California at Berkeley.

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6 groups file for emergency Endangered Species Act listing for Prince of Wales wolves

Alaska Public Media
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Six conservation groups on Monday petitioned for an emergency Endangered Species Act listing for the Alexander Archipelago wolf. In a letter addressed to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe and Regional Director Geoffrey Haskett, the groups cite the recent drop in the estimated wolf population on Prince of Wales Island, and the decision by state and federal officials to move forward with a wolf hunting and trapping season there. Gabriel Scott is a spokesman for Cascadia Wildlands, one of the petitioners. He said the conservation groups had asked that the annual wolf hunt be suspended for a year, but that request was denied.

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Boone logging company faces fines for safety violations

Associated Press in WVAH
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Boone County logging company faces $42,000 in civil fines for safety violations at a worksite. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Ross Logging of Seth exposed workers to safety hazards at the worksite in Elkview. The agency says in a news release that inspectors found workers were drop starting chain saws while felling trees. Drop starting is dropping the chain saw with one hand while pulling the starting cord with the other hand. Workers also didn’t wear cut-resistant boots or socks while operating chain saws.

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The Right Acres in the Right Place at the Right Time – Coastal Headwaters Forest

USDA Blog
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Unprecedented in size and scope, the 205,000-acre Coastal Headwaters Forest project is the largest single longleaf pine protection and restoration effort ever proposed on private lands. Located in the Gulf Coastal Plain in western Florida and southwestern Alabama, the project will conserve and restore longleaf pine habitat, protect water quality and quantity, improve habitat for endangered and threatened species and create an innovative approach to longleaf pine protection. This is one of 115 conservation projects currently being funded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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Koalas and 300-year-old trees threatened by Bruce Highway project

Sydney Morning Herald
September 14, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Koalas will be killed and some 300-year-old trees near Caloundra destroyed if a plan to build a large roundabout on the Bruce Highway – as one part of a bigger project – goes ahead. First stage of the project is to “revoke” – or change the status of the state government land near Caloundra Road – where the roundabout will be build – from state forest to Main Roads-owned land. However the legislation that guides the revoking process makes it clear this “must be a last resort where no alternatives exist.” However it does include a clause that allows “small areas for legitimate purposes” such as “to enable essential public infrastructure works to be undertaken.”

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Private companies to get degraded land for forest harvesting

The Economic Times (India)
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NEW DELHI: The government today said it has decided to give degraded land, which is about one-third of the total forest area, to private industries on lease for commercial forest harvesting to boost employment and generate revenue. Union minister for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar said that a scheme will soon be launched wherein private industries, particularly wood-importing companies, will be given degraded land on revenue sharing basis for forest harvesting.

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Forestry worker found dead in Otago named

New Zealand Herald
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forestry worker found dead at a South Otago forestry block yesterday has been named by police. Michael John McDonald, a 33-year-old from Balclutha, was found dead at the Perry Rd site yesterday afternoon by a co-worker. Both police and WorkSafe are investigating what has been described as an unexplained death. It is not believed to be suspicious. Police say they won’t comment further at this stage.

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Forestry owners say environment standards work

Radio New Zealand News
September 15, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The proposed National Environmental Standard does protect areas prone to erosion, the Forest Owners Association says. Submissions to the Ministry for Primary Industries on the proposed National Environment Standard (NES) for plantation forestry has closed and the chair of the association’s environment committee is pushing for it to be introduced. Some M?ori and councils have objected to the National Environment Standard, saying it will slacken controls on damage to the environment from the industry. Chair of the association’s environment committee Peter Weir said M?ori are very significant forest owners by way of Treaty settlements and receiving large tracts of Crown forest lease land.

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Lake District forests hit by ash dieback disease

Sites affected by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus include areas of woodland near Ambleside and Keswick, with disease already widespread across Europe
The Guardian
September 11, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Trees at four different sites in the Lake District have been found infected with ash dieback disease, according to the Forestry Commission. The sites include areas of woodland near Ambleside and Keswick.  It is not known how the trees became infected with the Hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus (which was originally called Chalara fraxinea). Charlton Clark, a spokesman for the Forestry Commission, said: “The disease can be spread either by spores of the fungus being carried by the wind or by movement of infected ash plants, whose spores can then be blown to neighbouring trees. It could have arrived in the Lake District by either or both these means.”

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Forest Fires

Forest fire season ‘quiet’ in Ontario, compared to average

Northwestern Ontario saw 339 forest fires so far during the 2015 fire season
CBC News
September 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada East, Canada

The number of forest fires in Ontario this year is more than double last year, but still remains well below the average fire season for the province, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The Ministry said 617 fires have burned across Ontario so far this season. In 2014, the total was 297 fires. The 10-year average is more than 1,000 fires per year. The northwest region saw 339, so far in 2015. The fire season starts in May and doesn’t end until October 31, so the tally is likely to increase, particularly with hunters and campers using cooking and warming fires more frequently in the cooler fall weather, said northwest region fire information officer Deb MacLean.

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Northwest Tribes Question Federal Firefighting Priorities

Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Several inches of ash blanket the ground where a wildfire recently passed through a pine forest on the Colville Reservation. Most of the trees have scorched trunks and dull brown needles … but some could still bounce back. Cody Desautel, the tribe’s Natural Resources Director, grabed ahold of a scorched bough on a small sapling. “These buds in the end, see, they’ll still look pretty viable,” he said. “So next spring potentially these things could break bud and you could have green needles come out of this.” This summer, a pair of large wildfires burned through more than 20 percent of the tribe’s commercial timber land.

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Rain falls on Rough Fire burning in Fresno County

ABC30.com
September 14, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

RESNO COUNTY, Calif.–A welcome rain in the Valley is slowing down a monstrous fire in the foothills. Fire crews say the Rough Fire is now 40 percent contained, after burning almost 140,000 acres of extremely dry grass, brush and timber. For the first time in weeks, firefighters are on the offensive side of this fire. Drought-fueled flames are simmering in places, allowing crews to finally take a breath. “Cooler temperatures have been huge. Not only does it help with the fatigue of the firefighters but also the fire behavior,” said Capt. Brandon Vaccaro of Cal Fire.

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Fierce California wildfire claims life of ‘true adventurer’

Associated Press in Sacramento Bee
September 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

MIDDLETOWN, CALIF. — Barbara McWilliams told her caretaker she didn’t want to leave her home near Middletown, despite a nearby wildfire. The world traveler and sharp-minded woman with advanced multiple sclerosis said she would be fine. The decision ended up costing her life. Her body was found late Sunday in her burned-out home after flames kept Lake County sheriff’s officials from reaching her. The fire that sped through Middletown and other parts of rural Lake County, less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, has been burning nearly unchecked, despite a massive firefighting effort, since Saturday. Fueled by drought, it has consumed more than 95 square miles, injured four firefighters and sent hundreds of people to evacuation centers. Hundreds of homes have burned.

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Haze chokes Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Good photographs in this story
BBC News
September 15, 2015
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

Smoke from huge forest fires in Indonesian has created a cloud of smog over the country, which has spread over neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore. The fires, which happen every year, are caused by slash-and-burn clearances on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Paper and palm oil companies have been widely blamed for the practice. Indonesia, which has repeatedly promised to stop the illegal fires, has sent hundreds of military personnel to try to put them out. It has declared a state of emergency in Riau province, where the haze has been building for several weeks and pollution levels are hazardous to health.

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