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Faith Berry
Photo and information shared by Dave Celino Photo of Northeast      A wildfire crew comprised of 16 state firefighters from Massachusetts DCR and 4 State Firefighters from New Hampshire Dept of Lands have been assisting firefighting efforts on the Elephant Hill fire in British Columbia, Canada.  The 20 person hand crew have been assisting along… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
The campaign message for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, 2017 is, “Every Second Counts Plan Two Ways Out!”.  This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme stresses the importance of everyone having an escape plan.  Having a good plan in place can make all the difference in your survival from fire.    Because every year, wildfires burn across… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
NASA image of wildfires in Canada Wildfire activity has been reported this year in areas across the globe by NASA satellites. These satellites are able to detect large amounts of smoke on the ground and pinpoint the fire activity.  An August 4 Modis Satellite report shared for instance where wildfire activity was occurring on the Island of… (Show more)
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Lucian Deaton
After a wildfire has made the headlines, the often unreported risks of soil erosion and flooding remains.  The difficult work of landscape restoration begins.   In early June, wildfires burned over 39 square miles along the “Garden Route” region of coastal South Africa, east of Cape Town. The wildfires forced the evacuation of at least 10,000… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
Photo submitted by Jennifer Berry of Gary and Mugsy Berry  September is FEMA's National Preparedness Month and is a good time to revisit your family’s evacuation plan in the event of a wildfire.  Being prepared before a wildfire disaster can help keep everyone in your family safer.  One family member often overlooked is the family pet.  Taking… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
Photo by Faith Berry at NFPA's Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire in Santa Fe The National Volunteer Fire Council referred to the NFPA’s Fourth Needs Assessment Survey, about the need identified in NFPA’s survey for fire departments lacking the necessary training to identify the importance of grant funding to meet this need.  To… (Show more)
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Lisa Marie Sinatra
As most of us know, states across the U.S. can no longer rely on a defined fire season. This sobering truth is especially evident in California where the fire season is 70 days longer than it was 40 years ago, and fire ignitions in the state have greatly increased in the last few years (in 2016, fire ignitions were greater than the 5-year… (Show more)
Faith Berry
Two opportunities were recently shared by wildfire prevention partners in the Southwest.  The first is for grant opportunities (Rural Fire Defense 80/20) for rural fire departments in Oklahoma and Community Wildfire Protection grants.  According to an Oklahoma Forestry news release, “The grants are authorized by Governor Mary Fallin, funded by… (Show more)
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Lucian Deaton
Like any ignition, fire needs an outside heat source applied to the trifecta of available fuel, heat, and oxygen to burn. As the BBC News reported on Monday, the outside source of ignition for various wildfires in southern Sicily between 2013 to 2015 were a band of 15 volunteer firefighters.   They are accused of fraud in inflating received… (Show more)
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Megan Fitzgerald-McGowan
On Monday August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States, working its way from Oregon to South Carolina. This amazing experience is the event of the summer, with millions of observers expected to flock to the states in the total viewing path.   While an awesome event to behold, there are those who wish the timing was… (Show more)
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