- Between a great deal of hiring for the summer and work on Rx burns, California says it’s ready for the upcoming fire season. I’m no longer sure what “fire season” means anymore, since it seems like they’ve had wildfires all along. Here’s the story from CPR (California Public Radio): http://bit.ly/1PLxEpE
- Meanwhile, NDRC refers to an ‘explosive’ wildfire season for the West this year: bit.ly/1KyiCzS
- The pilot who crashed his plane, responding to the Cold Lake fire in Alberta, has been identified, after some delay, due to fire danger in getting to the wreckage. His name was William Garvie and there is a memorial web page up in his memory.
- That same fire (Cold Lake) is affecting oil sands production in a big way and the related evacuations and closures are reported to have caused a 10% reduction in Canada’s oil production. What are oil sands? – HowStuffWorks http://bit.ly/1RlZypt
- Elsewhere in Canada has its own fire issues – Saskatchewan has about 19 fires going and there are more fires in the Northeast provinces. Yukon Wildfires reported 9 lightning fires and BC, although LittleBobtailLake is contained, plans to prohibit open fires in Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, starting at noon on the 27th.
- In the NW US, the Sandy Creek fire in Coos County, OR was about 60% contained as of last report (this morning). Ellensburg, WA had a number of lightning starts over the holiday weekend, as well. Watch out, PNW!
- In Arizona, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff PD, and the USFS are jointly giving a WoodsWatch class on Wednesday the 27th.
- UN OCHA has a series of environmental e-courses available on their website
- Dan Guenthner tweeted about a rebuttal to a WSJ review of the new Outside book on Yarnell. The rebuttal is worth reading and I suspect the book is too. I can’t endorse, having not read it, even started.