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Today’s Takeaway

Delivered lumber cost to US, competitiveness set to change

Tree Frog Forestry News
July 18, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The impact of US duties on Canadian lumber exports is featured in Wood Business story by Russ Taylor of Wood Markets International. Excerpts include:

  • The US objectives are clear: to raise lumber prices (and log prices) and create a windfall for US sawmills and timberland owners.
  • If there is indeed a subsidy, it would seem the Canadian industry must be making huge sawmilling margins. We can state with certainty that this is simply not the case. 
  • The net result will be higher US lumber prices that will keep Canadian mills in play but also enable European exporters to expand their volumes.

Blaming decades of budget cuts, Queen’s University fellow Ed Struzik says “The Canadian Forest Service used to be one of the gold standards for promoting fire science in North America” but now “their fire budget is almost non-existent.” Dr. Michael Flannigan at the University of Alberta puts the onus on climate change as the reason “the amount of Canadian forest burnt has doubled since the 1970s.”

Contrarian Tom Fletcher, columnist with Black Press, says he’s been “waiting for someone to blame the latest round of forest fires on conditions created by human-caused global warming”. Given that BC is “coming off the coldest winter in recorded history and a cold, wet spring”, Fletcher provides “some context you won’t hear from grandstanding politicians and drama-seeking Vancouver media.” 

Regardless, BC is fortunate to have help from firefighters from across the country and the world. The most recent announcement being the arrival of a “group of elite Nova Scotia firefighters” and “fifty firefighters from Australia”. On behalf of all those impacted, the Tree Frog News is thankful.

And finally, green building author Jerry Yudleson has a skeptical take on a USGBC funded study that claims LEED-certified homes in Texas are selling for 8% more or about $25,000. With LEED Homes representing only 0.3% of all homes sold during the study period, Yudleson notes that “sometimes, there’s a lot less there than meets the eye at first glance”.


— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Special Feature

Delivered lumber cost to US, competitiveness set to change

By Russ Taylor, President, International Wood Markets Group
Wood Business
July 17, 2017
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, United States

The impact of duties on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. will be a game-changer for different producing areas in North America, and also for exporters to the U.S. from overseas. …Essentially, a new “floor price” will be established, with lower total imports (especially from Canada) and increased U.S. lumber production. …It seems that the objectives of the American side are clear: to raise lumber prices (and log prices) and create a windfall for U.S. sawmills and timberland owners, but with the consumer (and Canadian mills) paying for it. …While most estimates expect the combined, final duties in January 2018 to be 25 per cent–30 per cent, is it only a coincidence that the Canadian dollar has devalued by about 25 per cent since January 2013? …If there is indeed a “subsidy” as claimed by the U.S. side, it would seem the Canadian industry must be making huge sawmilling margins as compared to American mills. Well…no. We can state with certainty that this is simply not the case. …The net result, as we are forecasting, will be higher U.S. lumber prices that will keep Canadian mills in play but also enable European exporters to expand the volumes they ship to the U.S. market. Already, European softwood lumber exports had increased by 400 per cent in the first four months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016.

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Business & Politics

Rayonier Advanced Materials Reiterates Commitment to Acquire Tembec on Agreed Terms

Business Wire
July 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–Rayonier Advanced Materials today reaffirmed its commitment to acquire Tembec on the terms previously agreed with Tembec. The Company believes that the previously announced arrangement consideration… provides compelling value to Tembec shareholders. The Company does not intend to increase the consideration offered to Tembec shareholders. On July 14, 2017, the Company received a letter from Oaktree Capital Management indicating its intent to vote against the Company’s acquisition of Tembec at the special meeting of Tembec shareholders. Oaktree’s letter contains a number of misleading statements.

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Hardwoods Announces Acquisition of Downes & Reader Hardwood Company Inc.

By Hardwoods Distribution Inc
Stockhouse
July 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

LANGLEY, BC – Hardwoods Distribution Inc. today announced that it has, through its subsidiary Rugby Holdings LLC, purchased substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Downes & Reader Hardwood Company Inc. for a total value of US$6.0 million. D&R is a distributor of hardwood lumber with four locations in the US Northeast and estimated annual sales of US$25 million. D&R services both the wholesale and retail customer segments, adding over 2,400 new customers for the Company. Going forward the D&R locations will operate as part of the Rugby brand. The Company does not expect to record any goodwill or intangible assets related to the Transaction.

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Western Canada Alliance of Wall and Ceiling Contractors’ Open Letter to Ministers Morneau and Freeland

By the Western Canada Alliance of Wall and Ceiling Contractors 
MarketWired
July 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY and VANCOUVER — The Western Canada Alliance of Wall and Ceiling Contractors (“Alliance”) today released an open letter sent to Ministers Bill Morneau and Chrystia Freeland imploring them to resolve the issue of the crippling anti-dumping tariffs on U.S. imports of gypsum (aka drywall) in Western Canada. The Alliance letter explains why it feels abandoned by the Trudeau government and frustrated with being forced to absorb a massive 43 per cent anti-dumping tariff on U.S. drywall. It requests the government resolve the gypsum issue not only because it benefits Western Canadian consumers and the livelihoods of its members but because it is essential to negotiating a favourable agreement for the Canadian softwood lumber industry and advancing Canada’s position in the NAFTA negotiations.

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MacLellan meets with U.S officials on common trade concerns

By Nancy King
Cape Breton Post
July 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY. N.S. — The province’s Minister of Business says the next six months will be crucial as festering trade issues between Canada and the United states are debated. Geoff MacLellan, the province’s Minister of Business and the MLA for Glace Bay, just returned from the National Governor’s Association meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, which he attended as part of the Canadian delegation. One of the main issues discussed was softwood lumber and potential countervailing duties being applied to Canadian lumber. The first two days of the trip included time in Washington. D.C., to meet specifically on that issue, MacLellan said. “There’s a very important decision coming out from the U.S. Department of Commerce on how Canadian lumber will be treated as it crosses the border, with respect to countervailing tariffs,” he said.

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Shavings company opens Shelton plant

By Arla Shephard Bull
Kitsap Sun
July 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Nestled in the woods between Shelton and Matlock, one local company has been turning out product that is in demand all over the world. Gem Shavings, a leading provider of packaged dry shavings, bulk shavings and sawdust materials headquartered in Auburn, opened a second plant in Shelton two months ago at the former site of Simpson Lumber’s Mill No. 5. Since then, owner Jamie Murray estimates that the company ships at least three truckloads, or more than 110,000 pounds, of baled shavings each week, mostly headed to California, where a high density of equestrians use the shavings for bedding material for their horses. …Murray has a background in the timber industry through his family’s business, Murray Pacific Corp., where he worked for several years when growing up and out of his undergraduate career.

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Weyerhaeuser settles tax fight with state for $375,000 over forest clear cuts

By Mike Polhamus
VT Digger
July 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Timber giant Weyerhaeuser has agreed to pay Vermont $375,000 for cutting too many trees from a property enrolled in a program that grants tax breaks for forestlands. The deal settles a high-stakes case against the company stemming from a 2010 incident. But it leaves unresolved a question about taxation of land whose owner violates the rules of the program. The settlement leaves the affected Northeast Kingdom property in Vermont’s current use program, which gives large landowners tax relief in exchange for following land management practices meant to preserve forests. The Vermont Supreme Court said Weyerhaeuser should be booted from the program last year for violating a management plan for a 140-acre tract on 56,600 acres in Caledonia and Essex counties.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

LEED Homes In Texas Sell For $25,000 More. True Or False?

By Jerry Yudelson, Author
Reinventing Green Building
July 17, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Big news last week: A USGBC press release reported a new academic study that shows LEED-certified homes in Texas selling for 8% more, equivalent to about $25,000. …Turns out, there’s more than a few shades of gray to the conclusions in the report. Financed by USGBC, the study looked at 40,634 home sales in Texas over a nine-year period, 2008 to 2016 inclusive. LEED-certified homes represented less than 16 homes sold per year in the entire state of Texas, which had a population of 24 to 28 million people during the study period. LEED Homes represented only 8.4% of all homes sold with green labels, but only 0.3% of all homes sold during those years. …But would these homes appraise for 8% more? Not likely; appraisals are constrained by nearby comparable sales.

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Green homes have $25K higher resale value in Texas

By the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Green Building Council 
Austin Curbed
July 17, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Texans who own homes that meet LEED and other green building standards make an average of $25,000 more than the owners of conventional homes when they sell, according to a recent study. The study found that Texas homes built to LEED standards between 2008-2016 showed definite “green premium” when sold. Those homes got 8 percent boost in value, while homes built within a broader range of green standards saw a 6 percent increase. …Titled “The Value of LEED Homes in the Texas Real Estate Market: A Statistical Analysis of Resale Premiums for Green Certification,” the study is based on an analysis of more than 230,000 homes in Texas, including more than 3,800 green-certified homes

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New wood polymer composite to replace plastic in cars

By Bosky Khanna
Deccan Herald
July 18, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) has come out with a new wood polymer composite (WPC) that could replace plastic used in car manufacturing. Researchers at the Bengaluru-based institute say this would not only reduce cost but also improve the mileage of cars as WPC is much lighter than plastic. WPC is a hybrid material produced from natural wood and plastic fibre. “We have given an alternative to plastic by mixing it with bamboo. The tray is simple. It is made of WPC, which is 40% plastic and 60% wood,” said Surendra Kumar, director, IWST. The institute has patented the invention and could go for commercial launch anytime soon.  Since the composition of the wood keeps changing, it does not need regular maintenance or polishing, which is otherwise necessary for wood items.

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Fears grow over safety of timber-framed blocks of flats after Grenfell fire

By Peter Walker
The Guardian
July 17, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

An increasingly popular method of building blocks of flats is potentially vulnerable to sudden and unpredictable fires, safety experts and firefighters have said after the Grenfell Tower blaze, adding that ministers should urgently update regulations. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have also called on government to act over the risks posed by timber-frame blocks if they are not properly built and maintained. Using timber frames is the most popular building method for social housing in the UK. One expert, who warned for years before the Grenfell tragedy that too many tower blocks were not safe, predicted that it could take another incident to prompt action. “I worry it will take more losses of life before people take this seriously, because nobody ever learns,” said Arnold Tarling, a chartered surveyor and fire safety expert.

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Forestry

Canada not prepared for ‘inevitable’ wildfires, says environmental expert

By Anna Maria Tremonti
CBC News
July 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada


Across B.C., 40,000 people live in communities that are under evacuation order due to raging wildfires. Another 17,000 are on alert. ….”These fires now are so intense,” says Ed Struzik, author of Firestorm, How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future and fellow with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University. …But Struzik says the Canadian government has been slow to react to the new intensity of wildfires, and believes massive fires like the ones engulfing B.C’s are “inevitable” given the current political landscape. … “The Canadian Forest Service used to be one of the gold standards for promoting fire science in North America — if not the world. They had 2,400 people working for them in the 1990s. They have less than 700 now. Their fire budget is almost non-existent.”

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Hype doesn’t help forest fire efforts

By Tom Fletcher
BC Local News in Surrey Now-Leader
July 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coming off the coldest winter in recorded history for much of B.C. and a cold, wet spring, I’ve been waiting for someone to blame the latest round of forest fires on conditions created by human-caused global warming. B.C. Greens leader Andrew Weaver didn’t disappoint. …No worries, politicians say, we’ll just ramp up that carbon tax and start diverting the revenue to subsidize pet projects like electric cars, and those forest fires will subside. …Foresters don’t generally cite climate change, however one defines that slippery term, unless prompted by reporters. They talk about decades of fire suppression that artificially built up fuel loads across vast areas, and the huge costs facing communities trying to mitigate that situation. They talk about bark beetle infestations that add to the fuel load from decadent forests that must burn and always have burned to regenerate themselves.

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Get used to wildfire smoke, says forestry professor

By Bill Kaufmann
Calgary Sun
July 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Albertans can expect that wildfire wheeze to become more frequent as climate change continues to feed western Canadian forest blazes, says an expert in the field. We’re already choking back the consequences of man-made climate change that’s increasingly turning woodlands tinder dry and hiking the number of lightning strikes, said Dr. Michael Flannigan of the University of Alberta. “With climate change, we expect more fire, then there’s more smoke and we can expect more intense fires and more smoke,” said Flannigan of the years-long forecast. But that probably applies for this summer, as well, he said, with many parts of B.C. erupting into wildfires that are threatening or destroying inhabited places. “B.C.’s busiest fire month is August so we have a lot more fire season left,” he said.

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Photo contest reflects community behind BC forestry

By Maria Church
Canadian Forest Industries
July 18, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest sector in B.C. is coming to life with a photo contest that celebrates those who live, work and play in the province’s forests. Check out some of the submissions for the BC Council of Forest Industries and CFI photo contest that have come in from Saanichton to Chetwynd. Have an eye for photography? Snap a pic of your worksite whether it’s in the bush or in the sawmill and enter to win!  Send us your submissions and read contest details here. Deadline to submit photos is August 23. 

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The West Is on Fire. Blame the Housing Crisis

By Adam Rogers
Wired Magazine
July 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

California is on fire again. …And it’s not just the Golden State. …It’s tempting to see each fire season as worse than the last, and to further see that as evidence of the kind of apocalypse that a changing climate will visit on civilization. If it ain’t rising water at the coasts it’s a “firenado” in the hills. But researchers have identified an even more pernicious problem: us. Specifically, where we build houses. Whether the sheer number of fires in a season or the amount of land they burn has increased over years (or decades or centuries) is hard to tell. But wait! Can’t we still blame climate change for wildfires? Sure, kind of.

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Zinke ponders fate of Cascade-Siskiyou

Associated Press in Herald and News
July 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM — After touring the “unique” Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should be abolished or resized. It’s going to require a lot of study, Zinke indicated, given that the monument was created — and expanded by former President Barack Obama — to protect biodiversity in an area where three mountain ranges converge, creating diverse habitats for species that would normally be living apart. “Beautiful country, no doubt,” Zinke said at a news conference Saturday next to a lake rimmed by evergreens. “There’s areas that are being harvested, and harvested well. On the trail I saw horseback, and the resident artisan and the people that are incredibly passionate about this monument.”

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Preserving forests is better than harvesting them

Letter by Ralph S. Baker, Ph.D
Sentinel & Enterprise
July 18, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I am writing to respond to James Smith’s guest column in Monday’s Sentinel & Enterprise criticizing my wife’s and my recent donation to the city of Fitchburg to create a 205-acre Forest Reserve on city-owned forest land adjacent to our home. Mr. Smith stated that it was made to preclude forest harvesting “under the guise of helping the environment.” Our Forest Reserve initiative is intended to raise awareness of the significant value that forests play in helping to mitigate the adverse impacts of worsening climate change. We also seek to elevate carbon sequestration as a more prominent goal of forest managers of public lands such as those owned by the city, along with the goals they already honor of protecting water quality, maintaining forest health, benefitting wildlife and fostering outdoor recreation.

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Possum advice ‘flawed’, forestry scientists claim

By Philip Hopkins
Gippsland Times
July 18, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ADVICE which led to the Leadbeater’s Possum being classed as “critically endangered” has been criticised as flawed by leading Australian forestry scientists. In a submission to the federal government, The Institute of Foresters of Australia contended not all available evidence was considered by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, and that the body relied on erroneous and questionable assumptions to make its April 2015 determination. The scientists said the TSSC’s assumptions, such as the extent of possum habitat, population density, actual population numbers of the possum, and the impacts of harvesting and wildfire, were not based on sound science.

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Forest Fires

More Ontario firefighters assigned to BC

TB Newswatch
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

THUNDER BAY – A relatively quiet forest fire season in Northern Ontario is allowing the province to allocate more firefighters for emergency assistance to British Columbia. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has approved the dispatching of an additional 100 personnel to B.C. fire lines. They will be transported this week. More than 250 Ontario firefighters and support staff were flown west about a week ago. The ministry has also loaned BC pumping kits, hose and other firefighting apparatus. Crews that are shared with other provinces typically remain on loan for a maximum of 19 days before returning to their home base in Ontario.

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Firefighters crews from Nova Scotia, Australia join fight against B.C. wildfires

Canadian Press in the National Post
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

Firefighters from across the country — and the world — were heading to British Columbia Monday as wildfires continued to blaze out of control. There were 159 fires burning in the province on Monday morning — 17 started on Sunday, said Kevin Skrepnek, of the B.C. Wildfire Service. A total of 657 fires have been documented since the beginning of the 2017 season on April 1. To date, the wildfire service estimates 1,880 square kilometres have burned. “I suspect it is likely a larger number,” Skrepnek added. …And a group of elite Nova Scotia firefighters will join the front lines. Twenty highly-trained firefighters and a manager will board a chartered plane in Halifax that is transporting firefighters from across the region to Kamloops and Prince George in the British Columbia interior on Tuesday.

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BC fires: 40 Quebec firefighters to join fight

Montreal Gazette
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

As wildfires force tens of thousands from their homes across British Columbia, Quebec firefighters are getting ready to join the fight in Kamloops. Tuesday morning, 40 firefighters from Quebec’s Société de protection de forêts contre le feu will fly from Quebec City to B.C. …SOPFEU firefighters will work in B.C. for 14 days, she added. Before sending the personnel, SOPFEU evaluated Quebec weather conditions and forest fire behaviour. While the risk of forest fires grew to extreme levels in some regions of the province this weekend, Morency said SOPFEU has not needed to call for external help. This meant the organization could make 40 officers available to help in B.C.So far this year, SOPFEU has recorded 133 forest fires. This time last year, 361 forest fires were reported to SOPFEU, with 712 hectares affected. In total, 502 forest fires were reported last year, and 782 hectares were affected.

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Williams Lake reporter evacuated to Nelson

By Will Johnson, Nelson Star
BC Local News
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Monica Lamb-Yorski saw flames in her rear-view. The Williams Lake Tribune reporter was in her car on Friday afternoon, en route to take pictures of a lightning-caused wildfire near Spokin Lake, when she had to slow down for a construction zone. …”I come back into town and I see a third huge fire over the Sugar Cane Reserve. That’s when I saw (a friend) and he said to me ‘Monica, get in your vehicle and don’t stop.'” It was around that time she realized things were getting serious — her home was put on evacuation alert shortly later. …”I have a 40-year-old log home with a cedar shake roof completely surrounded by forest. The fires are on the opposite side of the lake from us and coming around, and at first I thought they put us on alert because we’re on a dead end road and might not have a way to get out.” …And then the call came. “My husband phoned me and said, ‘You need to pack, get some essentials.’ I was wandering around the house thinking, ‘What’s important? The kids? The pets? Me?’ I don’t know.”

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Smoke from BC forest fires prompts air quality alert in Sask.

Regina Leader-Post
July 11, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environment Canada has issued an air quality alert for several parts of southern Saskatchewan due to smoke from B.C. forest fires making its way into the province.  Smoke plumes are moving over portions of southern Saskatchewan, resulting in deteriorated air quality. People may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.  Environment Canada says that if your home is not air conditioned, make sure your house doesn’t get too warm when doors and windows are closed to keep out smoke.

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Princeton fire 50 per cent contained

By Andrea Demeer
Penticton Western News
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest fire burning outside of Princeton is now 50 per cent contained, up from 40 per cent Sunday morning, according to Wildfire BC. “Our guys have been having great success getting down on the line, and with air support,” said Incident Management Team Information Officer Phane Rae. “We’ve made very good progress so far and we haven’t had too many issues.” Despite the containment, the fire is still be classified as “out of control” because of the potential for growth, said Rae. “A fire has a mind of its own…We are still saying it is out of control because there is always that possibility, something outside the line that we didn’t see.”

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UPDATE: Lake Country fire now 75 per cent contained

By Jen Zielinski
Penticton Western News
July 16, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Okanagan Centre wildfire is now 75 per cent contained. Emergency responders worked through the night putting out spot fires and stopping flare-ups during windy conditions. The fire is estimated at 50.3 hectares in size. An Evacuation Order remains in place for Nighthawk Road, Long Rd, Tyndall Road from south of 10810 to the end of the pavement. As well, Jack Seaton Park is closed. This order involves approximately 69 properties. …The fire in Lake Country is now estimated at 55 hectares, 50 per cent contained with a there is an 80 per cent retardant ring. Emergency officials gathered in Lake Country Sunday afternoon to update residents and the media on the status of the wildfire that started Saturday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. Fire Chief Steve Windsor says there have been no injuries reported eight houses are gone on Nighthawk Road and one out building on Tyndall Road.

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Ashcroft wildfire grows to 52,600 hectares: Officials confirm homes destroyed

By Amy Judd
Global News
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ashcroft wildfire has now ballooned to 52,600 hectares in size and remains the biggest fire burning in B.C. right now. Officials confirm homes in Ashcroft and Loon Lake have been destroyed due to the unpredictable wildfire that is still classified as “out of control.”Global News has reached out to find out how many properties have been destroyed but crews have not been able to get in to these regions to assess the damage. Fire activity in the region ramped up considerably on Saturday night due to the weather system that moved through.

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$90M spent million fighting B.C. wildfires since April 1

By Katya Slepian
BC Local News in Cowichan Valley Citizen
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has spent $90 million on fighting 188,928 hectares of wildfires since April 1. Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said 17 of those fires started on Sunday for a total of 159 currently burning in B.C. Since April 1, there have been 657 wildfires. The total of hectares burned has already exceeded the 10-year provincial season average of 154,000 hectares. With 100,000 hectares burned over the season, 2016 was a ‘slow’ fire season, Skrepnek said, but noted that 2017 has yet to come close to the season highs reached over the past decade. In total, 2015 saw 280,000 hectares burned, 2016 saw 369,000 hectares, 2010 saw 337,000 and 2009 saw 247,000 hectares.

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New community under an evacuation alert

By Kyle Balzer
My Prince George Now
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A wildfire is now burning south of Vanderhoof and has placed a small community under an evacuation alert. The BC Wildfire Service lists the fire near Kluskus at about 8,700 hectares and 0% contained at this point. The wildfires burning near Quesnel did not experience any growth over the weekend. Crews continue to make progress on the West Fraser Road complex of fires, about 25 kilometres Northeast of Quesnel; it remains at 120 hectares.

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Wildfire Roundup For July 17, 2017

By Eric Whitney
Montana Public Radio
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

In addition to the Lolo Peak Fire, several other fires on the Lolo National Forest include a pair on the Ninemile ranger district. Those are the approximately three acre Sunrise Fire, located ten miles south of Superior, and the estimated 12-mile Burdette Fire is located about nine miles southeast of Tarkio. That fire showed minimal activity yesterday. On the Seeley Lake Ranger District, the Monahan Fire is located about 17 miles north of Ovando and is burning near the Wilderness boundary in remote terrain. …Boyd Hartwig, a spokesperson for the Lolo National Forest says, “It’s a super remote fire. It’s not by any structures or property. Fire manager’s currently assessing any kind of action we need to take on that fire. It might be some bucket work. But it’s a fire we’re not going to put any personnel on right away just because of its location and just the difficulty and safety issues associated with that.”

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‘Please Stay Out’: Wildfire scorches 11,200 acres in Central Valley, triggering evacuations

By Veronica Rocha and Alene Tchekmedyian
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire burning in the Central Valley spread across thousands of acres Monday, forcing residents to flee their homes as fire crews wrestled with erratic flames and steep, rugged terrain. The Detwiler fire, which began Sunday afternoon, has scorched 11,200 acres, destroyed one structure and damaged another about two miles east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Authorities ordered evacuations for all homes on Detwiler, Hunters Valley and Cotton Creek roads as flames burned closer to residential neighborhoods. The Red Cross opened evacuation centers and pet shelters in Mariposa and Calaveras counties, offering meals, health services and beds to those forced from their homes.

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Southwest Montana forest fire grows to 371 acres; others contained

Montana Standard
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West


Several forest fires are burning in Southwest Montana caused by lightning activity. Firefighters are being dispatched to work on these fires as they are reported. Most remain small in size ( 1/10 to ¼ acre). Most of these fires are located in remote areas with difficult access. Currently, two of these fires have grown in size. The Whetstone Ridge fire is 371 acres, and the Meyers fire is 75 acres. Both of these fires are burning in remote locations and dense timber. They are located approximately 20 miles southwest of Philipsburg in the Sapphire Mountains. Both fires have 0 percent containment. On Monday, crews will be taking advantage of the precipitation that was received from Sunday’s thunderstorms and begin building firelines around the perimeter of the Meyers fire and establishing helispots to allow for helicopter support to the fires.

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France fights forest fires near Nice, in Provence, Corsica

Associated Press in the Washington Post
July 18, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

PARIS — Hundreds of firefighters are working to extinguish a forest fire about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the French Riviera city of Nice, as unusually hot and dry weather has hit much of France. Jean-Gabriel Delacroy of the Alpes-Maritime regional administration said Tuesday that the fire near Nice is “under control” but not yet over after breaking out Monday night. Speaking on broadcaster Francetvinfo, Delacroy said three firefighters were lightly injured in the blaze, which consumed 120 hectares (about 300 acres) of forest and reached the town of Castagniers, inland from Nice. No homes have been hurt so far, he said. Whipped up by Mediterranean winds, fires in recent days have also hit Provence and Corsica during the high summer tourist season.

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Croatian firefighters struggle to control blaze in Split area

By Igor Ilic
Reuters
July 17, 2017
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

ZAGREB – Croatian firefighters battled for a full day to control a forest fire along the Adriatic coast that has damaged and destroyed buildings in villages around the city of Split, reaching the Split suburbs late on Monday. Local media reported that the blaze, which started shortly after midnight, has spread across 20 km and first threatened the villages of Srinjine, Sitno Gornje and Sitno Donje. One death has been reported, although it was not clear whether the cause was a heart attack or smoke inhalation. By the evening hours the blaze had reached eastern suburbs of Split. Some parts of the city were without water or electricity. Visitors were asked to leave two shopping malls as the smoke entered ventilation systems. The fire has also reached the city’s waste dumping site.

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