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NFPA'S 2015 Backyards & Beyond Conference Explores Wildfire Safety Issues

June 09, 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 6th Backyards & BeyondŸ… Wildland Fire Education Conference at the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 22 - 24. The Conference is being organized by NFPA'€™s Wildland Fire Operations Division.

With nearly 50 breakout sessions in four educational tracks, the Backyards & Beyond conference offers a unique opportunity for participants to share knowledge, build relationships and explore key issues around wildfire safety. Attendees will discuss community safety approaches and strategies, learn about wildfire mitigation tools, wildfire planning and suppression, and current social and ecological research affecting those living in wildfire prone areas ...

Everybody Out! Evacuating an Entire City to Prep for Fire Season

June 09, 2015

It’s 9:30 a.m., and the Mill Creek fire has been raging for two hours. Already more than 400 vacation homes in Incline Village, a resort town on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, have been evacuated, and an additional 1,100 houses need to be cleared in the next few hours. Volunteers in fire-resistant yellow shirts knock on the doors of million-dollar mansions, alerting homeowners that they need to leave—now. National Guard soldiers in Humvees patrol the streets to prevent looting. Overhead, a twin-rotor Chinook helicopter, one of four copters on the scene, banks a slow turn and drops 2,000 gallons of water on a plume of purple smoke ...

2 wildfires reported in Southern Arizona

June 03, 2015

Two wildfires have been reported today burning in Southern Arizona ...

Group works to increase number of Firewise communities

May 27, 2015

An Idaho group is working to educate the public on ways to stay safe during fire season.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1FBs4yb) Idaho Firewise executive director Ivy Dickinson says she's working on bringing the Boise demonstration landscape that limits fire fuel to Clearwater County and other parts of Idaho ...

Alberta wildfire near Wabasca forces 5,000 people from homes

May 26, 2015

About 5,000 people have been evacuated from the path of a wildfire that has prompted the northern Alberta hamlet of Wabasca to declare a local state of emergency.

On Saturday, Martin Beaver says he was at the heart of the wildfire now burning out of control. Now, he's camped out at an evacuation centre with his family, wishing he'd had more water to fight the blaze when he needed it ...

Plan aims to protect Northeast Nebraska from wildfires

May 20, 2015

The Nebraska Forest Service intends to implement a Community Wildfire Protection Plan in Northeast Nebraska.
The plan provides a way for community leaders, fire departments and residents to identify possible issues and remedies for communities and infrastructure at risk from wildfires ...

Wildfire season in Oregon expected to start earlier, last longer, experts predict

May 20, 2015

Oregon's wildfire season is expected to start earlier and last longer than usual, thanks to a diminished, record-low snowpack and warmer temperatures that accelerated grass growth.

Federal fire officials at the Northwest Coordination Center in Portland, which allocates firefighting resources for Oregon and Washington, said Tuesday that the early onset will affect both timber and range fires, and that drought is the main driver ...

Fire officials urge vigilance despite wet spring

May 20, 2015

Despite the deluge of rain Pitkin County has seen in the past couple of weeks, fire officials want citizens to remain vigilant when it comes to wildfires.

During Tuesday’s county commissioner work session, Valerie MacDonald, the county’s emergency manager, urged citizens to sign up for alerts from authorities, which can be done at pitkinalert.org. The website allows residents to receive notifications, such as evacuation alerts, in text and email form should disaster strike ...

Spain Fighting 3 Wildfires in Wake of Scorching Heat Wave

May 18, 2015

Colorado Gov Hickenlooper signs legislation in Durango

May 12, 2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two wildfire-related bills Tuesday during a brief visit to Durango.
Hickenlooper signed the bills outdoors at the Colorado National Guard Armory in Bodo Industrial Park. A crowd of firefighting officials joined state Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, state Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, and other local residents ...