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Barnegat Recalls Lessons Learned From 2007 Forest Fire

May 17, 2017

Around 4 p.m. on May 15, 2007, then-Barnegat Township Mayor Alfonso Cirulli took a call at home from a concerned resident who had noticed burning embers landing on her property and others in her neighborhood.

Cirulli called David Breeden, who was township administrator at the time, and asked if he had heard of any fire. Cirulli said Breeden was not aware of anything, but it did not take long for town hall and police to get besieged by calls, at which time they learned the frightening truth – a major forest fire had the western areas of the township in its crosshairs.

‘Blizzard of embers’: Wildfire expert on what caused the Fort McMurray fire

May 14, 2017

A wildfire expert says a blizzard of blazing embers that were blown by the wind over fireguards and a river sparked the flames that destroyed homes in Fort McMurray last spring and then spread the destruction deeper into neighborhoods.

Alaska's wildfire season starts slow, despite Southcentral burns

May 14, 2017

Alaska's 2017 wildfire season has been relatively tame so far, state fire officials said last week — but several recent Anchorage and Mat-Su wildfires have heightened firefighters' concerns about burn conditions in Southcentral Alaska.

Alaska Division of Forestry adds drones for 2017 wildfire season

May 14, 2017

Fire season is here and the division of forestry is deploying a new tool that will save money, time and potentially lives.

Starting this season, drones will be used to help locate fires, create maps, assist crews on the ground, and limit risk in Alaska.

Along with improving safety, the drone could also save forestry a lot of money.

Wildfire Season to Start Late but still Dangerous

May 11, 2017

The Wildland Fire Outlook was released earlier this month and the report claims fire season could start later than usual, but once it begins it could be more dangerous than previous years.

The fire danger in eastern Idaho is low as many of the hills and forests are still green from this winter's precipitation, but soon all the tall grasses will dry out and could lead to an explosive fire season for much of the state.

Warm weather puts focus on wildfire preparedness in Colorado

May 06, 2017

Governor John Hickenlooper officially declared Saturday, May 6, as “Wildfire Preparedness Day” in Colorado.

The new designation coincided with the national effort, organized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The declaration focused on engaging communities, creating awareness, and acting to reduce potential deaths and property losses through preparedness efforts.

Dolly Parton to give $3 million more to help wildfire victims

May 05, 2017

More than five months after wildfires ravaged portions of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Dolly Parton hasn’t stopped surprising her hometown fire victims with her generosity.

U.S. Wildfire Risk Is Above Average for Southwest, Florida

May 01, 2017

Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said Monday.

The summer 2017 fire outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise also said heavy winter snow and spring rains that flooded many Western states will probably delay the onset of this season's worst wildfires.

One year after Fort McMurray wildfire, experts warn of increased threat

May 01, 2017

Experts warn it is only a matter of time before another community in Canada is ravaged by a sudden intense wildfire similar to the one that hit Fort McMurray.

And the insurance industry says governments aren’t doing enough to prevent destructive blazes before they happen.

Wildfire awareness month underway

May 01, 2017

Columbia River Fire & Rescue responded to its first grass fire of 2017 on April 29. Despite the rainy weather, CRFR warned that grass could dry out quickly, making it easy to burn. In this incident, the small fire was extinguished by firefighters before it could spread.