Fire Fighting

Forests and suburbs ablaze near Jerusalem

Police evacuated residents from several homes in a Jerusalem suburb on Sunday after a fire broke out in the area. Last week, several large wildfires erupted on the outskirts of Jerusalem and the West Bank, leading to the temporary evacuation of some residents and numerous road closures. Reports at the time said authorities suspected the fires may have been deliberate acts of arson. [node:read-more:link]

Waterbomber crash kills three

A Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport owned by Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of British Columbia-based Coulson Group, crashed 23 January while fighting wildfires in Australia. The three-member crew of American residents died. [node:read-more:link]

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Canada offers water bombers to Brazil

Canada is offering water bombers and $15 million to help Brazil and other South American countries fight Amazon forest fires still raging out of control. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau disclosed the offer at the end of the G7, saying “the toll of human activity and extreme weather events on ... our world will continue to climb unless we take decisive action as part of our broader commitment to fight climate change.” [node:read-more:link]

A wildfire wake-up call for Canada

Canada needs a more sustainable wildfire-management strategy – one that would not only consider what is needed in the next fire season, but also anticipate what is needed in the next 20 fire seasons, says Toddi Steelman, executive director and professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan. [node:read-more:link]

Rolling Barrage in the Capital

The third annual Rolling Barrage, a fund-raising cross-Canada motorcycle charity ride, will be stopping in Ottawa Aug. 11. The visit, beginning with the morning Changing of the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, will include the first annual Operation Resilient Maple, recognizing a member of the military hitherto overlooked for an achievement. Organizers hope to recognize first responders in later events. [node:read-more:link]


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