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2009-07-29 12:27:23

Officials fear Australian could suffer even worse wildfires next summer than the deadly blazes that killed a record 173 people in February, AFP reported. The fire season could be the toughest in a decade, according to Victoria state premier John Brumby. Brumby said the prognosis in terms of this year's fire season is that it's going to be a "very, very tough fire season again." "All of the advice at the moment is that this will be as bad, if not worse, than anything that we've seen in the...

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2009-03-20 13:48:50

Report contains most recent science regarding postfire timber harvesting No single decision-support system exists for selecting alternatives for postfire management. That thesis is what a recently released report on management after fire hinges upon. The publication, Effects of Timber Harvest Following Wildfire in Western North America, tells us that the type of forest landscape determines the ways fire and logging may change an area after a wildfire. The authors, however, hope that public...

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2009-02-09 12:00:00

The latest series of wildfires to hit Australia appeared to be intensified due to climate change, scientists reported on Monday. Australia is prone to massive wildfires due to its dry climate and naturally combustible vegetation, including oil-rich eucalyptus forests, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology. However, the wildfires that struck Victoria over the weekend were the nation's deadliest on record, and scientists believe climate change is to blame. "Climate change, weather...

2008-08-05 21:00:13

By Ethan Schowalter-Hay, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. Aug. 5--Anyone headed to the Whitman Overlook in the Northern Blue Mountains last Thursday may have noticed, in addition to the rolling tableland scenery, soldiers in the woods. This was no hallucination. Around 350 Oregon National Guard soldiers attended wildland firefighting training last week at three locations across the state: Astoria, Klamath Falls and Pendleton. "We've seen very active fire seasons for our neighbors to...

2008-08-04 18:00:26

By Les Blumenthal WASHINGTON - The Forest Service has struggled for years to pay for fighting fires that last year alone scorched almost 10 million acres. As fire seasons grow longer and the blazes more intense in forests stressed by global warming, the agency's funding woes mount. In fact, the Forest Service has already spent roughly $900 million this year, almost 75 percent of its fire suppression budget, and the season is just nearing its peak. Nearly half the Forest Service's annual...

2008-07-31 00:00:27

More acres have burned in California this year than in any other. And it's not even August. "There's a potential for a lot more fires and a lot more destruction," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the state fire department, CalFire. A combination of a record dry spring and sparks _ from a flurry of lightning strikes in late June to the bullet that is believed to have sparked the fire near Mariposa _ get most of the blame. But they come atop a pair of more persistent problems: the...

2008-07-29 15:00:42

WASHINGTON_The Forest Service has struggled for years to pay for fighting fires that last year alone scorched almost 10 million acres. As fire seasons grow longer and the blazes more intense in forests stressed by global warming, the agency's funding woes mount. In fact, the Forest Service has already spent roughly $900 million this year, almost 75 percent of its fire suppression budget, and the season is just nearing its peak. Nearly half the Forest Service's annual budget is now spent...

2008-07-22 15:00:00

By Judy Fahys and Jason Bergreen, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 22--The good news? Utah's drier-than-tinder landscape hasn't fueled any big fires this year. The bad? Wildland fire danger remains "extreme" in southern Utah and "high" in northern parts of the state. One fire official called the quiet "eerie" in light of the fire-ready conditions on the range and in the forests. "All of us have been sitting on pins and needles waiting for it to happen," agreed Richard J. Buehler, state...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By Geoff Liesik For the Deseret News ROOSEVELT -- A wildland firefighter was injured Wednesday while working on the Mill Hollow fire in Duchesne County. U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Venetia Gempler, in a press release, said the man was injured in a fall. He was transported by helicopter to University Hospital. Fire officials did not release the man's name or condition. The Mill Hollow fire has been burning since June 23 in the south unit of the Ashley National Forest...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By Laura McVicker and Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 14--A fire torching forest land near Mount Adams has grown to 3,000 acres this morning as additional crews arrive to battle the blaze that's being fueled by high winds. The lightning-sparked fire has been burning for a week about 11 miles northeast of Trout Lake. Although it grew from 500 acres Sunday afternoon to 3,000 acres this morning, fire authorities don't believe it's a danger to any structures or people....


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  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
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  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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