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2008-07-13 21:00:13

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 13--Two helicopters and an aerial tanker joined wildland firefighters today battling a lightning-sparked wildfire south of Mount Adams. The Forest Service temporarily closed access to the popular Cold Springs/ South Climb Trailhead to Washington's second-tallest peak. Emergency workers today were coordinating the exit of roughly 100 climbers leaving the peak through Forest Road 8040, near where the 500-acre fire was burning 11...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

Wildfires in California are so fierce that for the first time, Boone County volunteer firefighters are being called up to help battle the blazes scorching that state. Gale Blomenkamp, a division chief for the Boone County Fire Protection District, said a call for help this early in the season from a state with such a large pool of volunteers illustrates the severity of the situation. "We are in the eastern coordination area," Blomenkamp said this morning. "When they are reaching this far...

2008-07-09 18:00:18

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) was encouraged by the dialogue on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today over the need to address the ever-increasing impact of emergency fire suppression costs on the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Interior's (DOI) constrained budgets. Unfortunately, the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act, as passed by the House, falls short of achieving a comprehensive fix for the federal funding...

2008-06-20 18:00:15

By Suzanne Ulbrich, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Jun. 20--The drought conditions are back. The most recent Southeast Drought Monitor this week indicates Onslow and Carteret counties are under moderate drought conditions -- but the area is better off than most in the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that 97 percent of the state is in some form of drought, up from 65 percent last week. Conditions are worse in the southwestern part of the state, where seven...

2006-01-27 20:50:00

CANBERRA -- Cooler conditions and a little rain calmed deadly bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday and allowed weary firefighters to make some headway in their battle, but authorities warned the crisis was not over. Firefighters managed to control one of the four most dangerous blazes -- three of which are less than 100 km (60 miles) from Melbourne, Australia's second-most-populous city -- but the rest are still burning out of control. Hundreds of people have evacuated...

2006-01-26 03:50:00

CANBERRA -- Firefighters battling bushfires threatening numerous towns and communities in southern Australia on Thursday are now face a new risk -- severe thunderstorms with wind gusts of up to 110 km (68 miles) per hour. Hundreds of people have fled their homes as high temperatures and strong winds fanned four dangerous blazes -- three less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second most-populous city Melbourne -- causing them to jump containment lines. A massive blaze in the Grampians...

2006-01-02 00:21:04

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cooler weather and light rain across southeastern Australia on Monday helped contain scores of bushfires that destroyed 15 homes and vast areas of farmland over the weekend. Firefighters said 27 bushfires continued to burn across the most populous state of New South Wales on Monday, and could take up to four days to fully control, although there was no immediate threat to homes. Up to 50 fires flared across the state at the weekend, fueled by strong winds and...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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