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  • Kim Noyes
    Feds Call Reinforcements for Wildfires Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:18 AM EDT The Associated Press By CHRISTOPHER SMITH BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land
    Message 1 of 6 , Jul 31, 2006
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      Feds Call Reinforcements for Wildfires
      Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:18 AM EDT
      The Associated Press
      By CHRISTOPHER SMITH

      BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land management agencies are being asked
      to make more employees available to fight wildfires because crews and
      equipment have been stretched to the limit by nearly 60 major blazes
      around the West.

      For the first time since 2003, the National Interagency Fire Center
      over the weekend raised its response status to the highest threat
      level, a move triggered when nearly all available crews and
      firefighting resources are committed.

      The move allows federal firefighting coordinators to summon additional
      federal employees, military reinforcements and foreign fire crews if
      necessary.

      "It frees up what we call the militia — agency employees whose regular
      job may be as a biologist or realty specialist but who are trained in
      fire duty and can now be called up to help," said Randy Eardley, a
      U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman at the federal firefighting
      center in Boise.

      More than 24,000 firefighters were working on fires across the West on
      Monday, including 58 large fires of 500 acres or more.

      The biggest active fire in the country was in northern Nevada, where
      nearly 300 square miles of grass and sagebrush had burned. It was 10
      percent contained Monday, and fire bosses had no estimate when it
      would be surrounded.

      No homes were in immediate danger, though one outbuilding had been
      destroyed, said Jamie Thompson of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
      in Winnemucca, Nev.

      More people were told to evacuate Monday from areas south of Chadron,
      Neb., on the fourth day of fires that have scorched nearly 80 square
      miles.

      About 45 to 50 people were affected by the latest evacuation orders,
      and hundreds of others evacuated over the weekend were kept from their
      homes.

      Four rural houses have been destroyed and several more damaged since
      lightning sparked the fires last week.

      In Montana, more firefighters, equipment and aircraft arrived Monday
      as crews fought to corral a fire that blew up rapidly in Glacier
      National Park over the weekend, fanned by strong winds and blistering
      heat.

      Firefighters got some relief Monday with calmer winds and lower
      temperatures, but officials said the fire — estimated at 34 square
      miles — still posed a threat to the gateway community of St. Mary.

      The blaze came within a mile of the town over the weekend. The
      National Park Service on Sunday evacuated its administrative site
      there, as well as several area campgrounds.

      Most of the park remained open to visitors, officials said.

      Residents of a subdivision in central Oregon were allowed to return
      late Monday as crews tamed a fire there, though evacuation orders
      remained in effect for another 500 residents of two subdivisions near
      the tourist town of Sisters.

      The subdivisions appear to be protected from the 14-square mile fire,
      which is 30 percent contained, said Scott Brayton, a fire spokesman.

      An evacuation order was also lifted for several dozen residents near
      Weaverville in northern California after a wildfire that destroyed one
      home calmed down.

      In Idaho, a 5-square-mile fire in the mountains fed on bug-killed
      evergreen stands as it neared a cluster of vacation homes and a mining
      museum.

      More than 70,600 timber and range fires have burned on federal land so
      far this year, higher than the 10-year average of 50,984, according to
      the National Interagency Fire Center. Because of unusually large
      early-season range fires in Texas and Oklahoma, the acreage burned so
      far in 2006 is 5.5 million, compared with a 10-year average of 3
      million acres for the same period.

      ———

      Associated Press Writer Sandra Chereb in Reno, Nev., contributed to
      this report.
    • Brent
      I d been wondering why there have been so may fires this year in areas where large fires are usually very rare. Here the answer: The rainfall of 2004-05 was
      Message 2 of 6 , Aug 1, 2006
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        I'd been wondering why there have been so may fires this year in areas
        where large fires are usually very rare. Here' the answer:

        ""The rainfall of 2004-05 was the wettest season ever in 100 years of
        Mojave Desert records,'' Minnich said. "That produced a massive load
        of dry flowers and weeds and grasses that we never saw before in
        places like Pioneertown."

        Above is from a *good* article about the fire dangers in the San Bern NF:


        http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_4112901



        --- In SoCalFire@yahoogroups.com, "Kim Noyes" <kimnoyes@...> wrote:
        >
        > Feds Call Reinforcements for Wildfires
        > Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:18 AM EDT
        > The Associated Press
        > By CHRISTOPHER SMITH
        >
        > BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land management agencies are being asked
        > to make more employees available to fight wildfires because crews and
        > equipment have been stretched to the limit by nearly 60 major blazes
        > around the West.
        >
        > For the first time since 2003, the National Interagency Fire Center
        > over the weekend raised its response status to the highest threat
        > level, a move triggered when nearly all available crews and
        > firefighting resources are committed.
        ]
        <snip>
      • opalockamishabob
        Aside from my interest in SoCalFire, I am also a member of the California Native Plant Society. The threat of desert or outback wildfires, or as the previous
        Message 3 of 6 , Aug 1, 2006
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          Aside from my interest in SoCalFire, I am also a member of the
          California Native Plant Society. The threat of desert or outback
          wildfires, or as the previous poster stated, "in areas where large
          fires are usually very rare" is not a recent relevation. We all hope
          that what we have recently experienced is an abberation and will not
          become a pattern.

          I posted a website link here, on March 21st of 2005 [message number
          12006].

          The once prevailant attitude of "who cares" what happens in the desert
          or the outback is one we can no longer afford to maintain. There is a
          lot more at stake.

          Alain...Valley Center
        • kimnoyes@charter.net
          Alain, Nobody is genuinely flippant about desert fires here I suspect. However, some of us do like to harmlessly harrass those who mention such fires sometimes
          Message 4 of 6 , Aug 1, 2006
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            Alain,
            Nobody is genuinely flippant about desert fires here I suspect.
            However, some of us do like to harmlessly harrass those who mention such fires sometimes as it is hard for most minds to imagine a desert actually burning and if burning imagine it being on a par with brush and forest fires.
            However, fire is fire.
            It's also a natural process like erosion with which it works in concert.
            I suspect the large number of relatively recent and relatively large desert fires (at least in California) has something to do with rainfall the last two years.
            We got a ton of rain across SoCal in 2005 and we got a ton of late rainfall this year, both of which promote growth in the desert.
            Last year I could not believe how much life was out on the Mojave Desert as I drove Route 66 from Barstow to Needles on multiple occassions in the spring and early summer. There were bugs everywhere (including all over my windshield like the San Joaquin Valley normally does) and countless roadkilled critters.
            I had the opportunity to watch the Hackberry Complex from Route 66 near Goffs which started on 6/22/05 from electrical storms and burned 70,736 acres.
            Prior to that I had never watched a desert burn before and it was really quite a strange sight to behold.
            I suspect the recent trend you mention will either pass or if sticks around it will be yet another nail in the coffin of the Climate Change/Global Warming deniers.

            Kim Noyes
            Atascadero

            ---- opalockamishabob <opalockamishabob@...> wrote:
            > Aside from my interest in SoCalFire, I am also a member of the
            > California Native Plant Society. The threat of desert or outback
            > wildfires, or as the previous poster stated, "in areas where large
            > fires are usually very rare" is not a recent relevation. We all hope
            > that what we have recently experienced is an abberation and will not
            > become a pattern.
            >
            > I posted a website link here, on March 21st of 2005 [message number
            > 12006].
            >
            > The once prevailant attitude of "who cares" what happens in the desert
            > or the outback is one we can no longer afford to maintain. There is a
            > lot more at stake.
            >
            > Alain...Valley Center
            >
            >
            >
          • kimnoyes@charter.net
            Brent, My observation as well. I said the same the thing basically in my previous post not realizing you had already posted this excellent explanation. Thanks
            Message 5 of 6 , Aug 1, 2006
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              Brent,
              My observation as well.
              I said the same the thing basically in my previous post not realizing you had already posted this excellent explanation.
              Thanks for the fascinating article link as well.

              Kim Noyes
              Atascadero

              ---- Brent <bb1979@...> wrote:
              > I'd been wondering why there have been so may fires this year in areas
              > where large fires are usually very rare. Here' the answer:
              >
              > ""The rainfall of 2004-05 was the wettest season ever in 100 years of
              > Mojave Desert records,'' Minnich said. "That produced a massive load
              > of dry flowers and weeds and grasses that we never saw before in
              > places like Pioneertown."
              >
              > Above is from a *good* article about the fire dangers in the San Bern NF:
              >
              >
              > http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_4112901
              >
              >
              >
              > --- In SoCalFire@yahoogroups.com, "Kim Noyes" <kimnoyes@...> wrote:
              > >
              > > Feds Call Reinforcements for Wildfires
              > > Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:18 AM EDT
              > > The Associated Press
              > > By CHRISTOPHER SMITH
              > >
              > > BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land management agencies are being asked
              > > to make more employees available to fight wildfires because crews and
              > > equipment have been stretched to the limit by nearly 60 major blazes
              > > around the West.
              > >
              > > For the first time since 2003, the National Interagency Fire Center
              > > over the weekend raised its response status to the highest threat
              > > level, a move triggered when nearly all available crews and
              > > firefighting resources are committed.
              > ]
              > <snip>
              >
              >
              >
            • Mike Meadows
              Remember when death valley had the 100 year bloom? last year. Flowers all over the place...same for all the desert areas....... ... [Non-text portions of this
              Message 6 of 6 , Aug 1, 2006
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                Remember when death valley had the 100 year bloom? last year. Flowers
                all over the place...same for all the desert areas.......
                On Aug 1, 2006, at 11:38 AM, Brent wrote:

                > I'd been wondering why there have been so may fires this year in areas
                > where large fires are usually very rare. Here' the answer:
                >
                > ""The rainfall of 2004-05 was the wettest season ever in 100 years of
                > Mojave Desert records,'' Minnich said. "That produced a massive load
                > of dry flowers and weeds and grasses that we never saw before in
                > places like Pioneertown."
                >
                > Above is from a *good* article about the fire dangers in the San
                > Bern NF:
                >
                > http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_4112901
                >
                > --- In SoCalFire@yahoogroups.com, "Kim Noyes" <kimnoyes@...> wrote:
                > >
                > > Feds Call Reinforcements for Wildfires
                > > Tuesday, August 1, 2006 12:18 AM EDT
                > > The Associated Press
                > > By CHRISTOPHER SMITH
                > >
                > > BOISE, Idaho (AP) � Federal land management agencies are being asked
                > > to make more employees available to fight wildfires because crews
                > and
                > > equipment have been stretched to the limit by nearly 60 major blazes
                > > around the West.
                > >
                > > For the first time since 2003, the National Interagency Fire Center
                > > over the weekend raised its response status to the highest threat
                > > level, a move triggered when nearly all available crews and
                > > firefighting resources are committed.
                > ]
                > <snip>
                >
                >
                >



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