- 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:
- 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.
I just took Smokey’s pledge to:
BE SMART WHENEVER I GO OUTDOORS
- To use caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
- To understand that any fire I or my friends create could become a wildfire.
- To understand and practice proper guidelines whenever I or my friends create a fire outdoors.
- To never, ever leave any fire unattended.
- To make sure any fire that I or my friends create is properly and completely extinguished before moving on.
- To properly extinguish and discard of smoking materials.
- To be aware of my surroundings and be careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather.
- To speak up and step in when I see someone in danger of starting a wildfire.
…and I got a downloadable mask (see pic, above). If you don’t want to, I’ll bet you know some little ones who would love to do that!
Train ’em while they’re young.
Go therapy dogs! @TheRealVOSTCat would go too but he hates riding in the car 🙂
Whiskey Complex, OR 2013
Night security staff with owner/trainer of Boo, a Therapy Dog
photo: Tom Bergland
photo: Tom Bergland
photo: Tom Bergland
photo: Char Rouse
photo: Char Rouse
Wednesday, 7 August, 2013
Today several Therapy Dogs visited the Whiskey Complex ICP: two Bernese Mountain dogs and a Belgian Malinoise. Owners Glenda and Greg Pierce, and Connie Lane drove from Central Oregon to bring some canine cheer to fire camp.
Firefighters and fire support staff welcomed the loveable dogs as they prepare to complete the 14 day fire detail this weekend. As is standard, incident management teams rotate after two weeks to mitigate fatigue from the long hours and continuous work shifts required in incident management.
Therapy dogs are trained and certified to visit with a variety of people and to not react to strange scents and loud noises, among other attributes. The dogs frequently visit community care facilities and hospitals. However…
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From the FEMA NPM Team:
Wildfires can spread rapidly, with little-to-no warning, often going unnoticed until it is too late. These wildfires, commonly started by human error, quickly ignite and burn through tinder-dry bushes and trees, and unfortunately spread to nearby homes as well.
If you live in a fire-prone area there are various ways that you can help reduce the chance for severe damage to your home and property, by designing and landscaping your home with wildfire safety in mind; selecting materials and plants that can help contain a fire rather than fuel it.
For home design and construction:
- Use fire-resistant or noncombustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of the dwelling.
- Treat wood or combustible material used in roofs, siding, decking, or trim with fire-retardant chemicals evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory.
- Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees around your property such as hardwoods, and avoid more flammable pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.
For home maintenance and safety:
- Regularly clean your roof and gutters to remove any debris;
- Install a fire alarm on every floor in your home and test monthly;
- Have a garden hose long enough to reach your home and any other structures on the property;
- Ask the power company to remove any branches that are near or on the power lines; and
- Mow your grass regularly.
A great resource for proper home and property fire prevention planning is www.firewise.org. The site contains a variety of fire safety and prevention information designed for residents, property owners, fire departments, community planners, builders, public policy officials, water authorities and architects. To learn about Firewise’s upcoming Wildfire Education conference click here.
Should you be directed to evacuate your home due to a wildfire, follow the instructions of local officials, and be sure to take your battery operated radio, disaster preparedness kit and lock the door behind you when evacuating. If you have time to prepare the home before leaving, visit the U.S. Fire Administration website for additional tips.
Are you attending Fire-Rescue International in Chicago this year? If so, REGISTER TODAY for the Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) workshop that will be held on August 16.
WFAP is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council to provide departments with training on how to properly conduct assessments for homes located in the wildland-urban interface. This is the first program targeted to volunteers that specifically prepares a firefighter or a non-emergency department volunteer for how to conduct an assessment and what to look for during an assessment, as well as provides departments with the printed materials they may need to determine how close they are to becoming a fire-adapted community.
This is a four-part, train-the-trainer course that covers the following topics: understanding the wildland-urban interface (WUI) problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources. Students will be able to take the classroom information, along with a toolkit and supplemental resources, back to their respective departments and teach personnel how to properly conduct a home assessment for residents living in the WUI.
Date: August 16, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Hyatt McCormick (rooms are connected to McCormick Place)
Room: Grant Park B
Register for this class at https://wfap.wufoo.com/forms/wildland-fire-assessment-program-workshop-fri/. Attendance is limited to 30 students. Questions? Email Lori Moon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit http://www.nvfc.org/programs/wildland-fire-assessment-program for more information about WFAP.
NOTE: To my knowledge, the 100% donation to WFF goes until the end of the day on July 2nd. After that time please refer to the subsequent blog post, Helping the WFF to contribute directly to Wildland Firefighters Foundation. Thanks
As fire season heats up, a group of spouses and partners of wildland firefighters came together to raise money for fallen and injured firefighters. To accomplish this, a Teespring t-shirt campaign has been created to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s fallen and injured grant fund.
As a group of over 100 wives and partners of wildland firefighters from around the country, with support and approval from the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, we are celebrating a “wild kind of love,” showing our support by selling shirts and sweatshirts. We are asking our local communities to help us support those that answer the call when local forests and grasslands are burning. Many people who love and support wildland firefighters may not be aware of ways to show that love and support. If you are one of those people, or just someone who appreciates these men and women who risk their lives, consider wearing your heart on your sleeve.
Not to be left out, children who love wildland firefighters can now show their support every day, with a “wild child” t-shirt. This shirt was recently added by popular demand and is already a huge success.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from shirt sales will go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s Fallen and Injured Grant fund. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation has approved this fundraiser and the purple ribbon symbolizing the fire families’ commitment to wildland firefighters is proudly displayed on the sleeve. There are several options available in both t-shirt and sweatshirts, so please take the time to check them out.
To purchase a t-shirt or sweatshirt, go to http://teespring.com/wildkindoflove and http://www.teespring.com/wildchild. This campaign ends July 2, 2013. For more information about the Wildland Firefighter Foundation or to contribute monetarily, please visit http://wffoundation.org.
“…the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is working on a kinder and gentler approach. Though some people are calling it “Whopper Junior,” the BLM pointedly is not. In a preliminary planning document released this month, the BLM’s state director, Jerome E. Perez, said the new approach will be based on what the public wants, science, the law and on the goals of healthy forests, not board feet of timber.”