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Georgia, Florida’s West Mims fire grows to 143,000 acres

The West Mims fire, which has grown to more than 143,000 acres in Georgia and Florida, is expected to spread further due to "extreme fire conditions," U.S. emergency officials said. The National Wildfire Coordinating Group said the West Mims Fire, which was started by lightning on April 6 at Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and later spread to Florida's John M. Bethea State Forest, grew to 143,893 acres and is 12 percent [...]

May 15th, 2017|Wildfire News|0 Comments

US plan to improve firefighter shelters falters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Crews who battle wildfires will have to wait at least another year before getting better fire shelters than those that failed to save 19 firefighters trapped by flames in Arizona four years ago, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. The deaths pushed the U.S. Forest Service to speed up work to get an upgraded shelter [...]

May 8th, 2017|Safety, Wildfire News|0 Comments

Study on Fort McMurray blaze suggests firefighters still suffering

EDMONTON — A new study suggests that those who battled the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., continue to suffer both physically and mentally nearly a year after the blaze devastated the community. Preliminary results of a University of Alberta report say one in five firefighters who attended the wildfire reported respiratory problems. One in six has been diagnosed [...]

April 19th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments

‘Everywhere was burning’, when no firefighter’s came to the rescue rancher became his own firefighter

March 10--Wildfires aren't that unusual, according to Bill Barby, 63, who has spent his whole life working on his 3,700-acre ranch that spreads across Clark and Comanche counties. About every 10 years a wildfire will spring up on the ranch. But in the past, volunteer firefighters would rush in from neighboring towns and counties. Not [...]

March 11th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments

Three states issued ‘Extremely critical’ wildfire alert

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are bracing for a busy day as unseasonably warm temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity are expected to create dangerous wildfire conditions. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says "extremely critical" fire conditions are expected Thursday in eastern New Mexico, western Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle. The risk area covers 117,000 square miles and includes the [...]

February 23rd, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments

Federal hiring freeze will allow for seasonal firefighters to be hired

The Trump administration told federal land management agencies they can again hire seasonal firefighters and park rangers to protect national forests, parks, tribal lands and wildlife refuges. President Trump placed a hiring freeze on the federal government Jan. 23, leaving the nation's wildland firefighting agencies up in the air at the time they traditionally begin hiring their [...]

February 7th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments

5 firefighters, 6 others dead in Chile’s worst wildfires in country’s history

SANTIAGO, Chile: The death toll from the worst wildfires in the country's history reached 11, including five firefighters, authorities said Sunday. A state of emergency remains in effect as the fires continue to rage in 10 central and southern regions. The fires have burned about 928,000 acres and continue to spread after more than a [...]

January 30th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments

Chicken manure pile spontaneously combusted causing small wildfire, mobile home destroyed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure? Eight feet, apparently. Chicken waste is an excellent fertilizer, but with the growing season still weeks away it's piling up in barns across the South. To reduce the risk of fire from spontaneous combustion, poultry experts are warning farmers that [...]

January 17th, 2017|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments

Retired fire manager fireproofed property, fought wildfire with leafblower

PIGEON FORGE -- Fire blazed all about him. A bush inches from a 1,000-gallon propane tank flamed like a torch. "The propane tank is going to blow!" yelled his wife, Kathaleen. "Like hell it is!" he responded. David Loveland had just a hoe and a leaf blower; but, because he had spent years preparing for a wildfire, [...]

December 20th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments

Man calls 911 to report wildfire, then is charged with setting it

Nov. 30--A man who called 911 to report a wildfire was charged Wednesday with lighting it and trying to set other blazes in the parched mountains of Western North Carolina. Keith Eugene Mann, 49, of Franklin was charged with one federal count of destroying property of the United States by means of fire. Authorities said a wildfire was [...]

December 5th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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