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July 15, 2000 | Reuters
Greece on Friday called for international help to fight nearly a dozen major forest fires raging unchecked for a second day, as strong winds hampered efforts to extinguish blazes across the country. Firefighters, forest rangers and the army joined forces with local volunteers in a desperate effort to put out more than 100 forest and brush fires that flared up Thursday, destroying thousands of acres of forests, farmland and numerous houses.
December 17, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
More tropical forests burned in 1997 than at any time in recorded history, sowing death, respiratory illnesses and pollution and destroying wildlife habitats, the World Wide Fund for Nature said in a report released in London. Up to 12.4 million acres of forest and other land burned in Indonesia and Brazil.
August 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia will prosecute 10 companies, eight of them Malaysian, for illegally lighting fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island that have enveloped much of Malaysia in smoke, Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban said. The haze, which began Aug. 2, has forced the closure of schools and workplaces and dramatically increased respiratory ailments. Farmers, plantation owners and miners on Sumatra, near Malaysia, light fires to clear land during dry weather.
July 26, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Thundershowers rumbled across Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces on Tuesday, spilling light rain onto hundreds of forest fires that have blackened more than 2.2 million acres across a wide area of Canada. Officials held out hope that more rain, expected overnight, would dampen the fires. The worst forest fires in Manitoba's history have consumed about 3,500 square miles of land--more than the combined area of Delaware and Rhode Island--and continued to burn Tuesday night.
September 3, 1988 | Associated Press
Three of five forest fires in California's mountain ranges were reported contained Friday, but officials predicted that fire danger will remain high throughout the holiday weekend. A fire in Kings River Canyon east of Fresno was contained Friday morning at 2,000 acres, while one near Mariposa was contained after blackening just under 500 acres, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Harley Greiman said. A fire near Burney in Shasta County was contained on Thursday at 3,000 acres.
January 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Fifty to 100 homes were burning in the Australian capital today as forest fires pushed into Canberra's suburbs, pouring ash and smoke over Parliament and the embassy district and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. Australian Federal Police Sgt. Jeff Brown said police were trying to confirm reports that at least one person had been killed. "The houses are too far alight for us to get near, but there are people missing," he said.
November 20, 1988 | From United Press International
NASA scientists are adapting Space Age technology to the ancient problem of forest fires with a new flame-seeking device that spots blazes with the aid of orbiting satellites. "This is a technology spinoff," J. David Nichols of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena said of a new plan to use space program techniques and hardware to bolster firefighting equipment and strategy.
September 30, 1985 | Associated Press
State and private firefighters have contained four blazes that were whipped out of control by high winds and charred 1,000 acres of the west side of the Olympic Peninsula, but federal crews continued Sunday to battle two nearby fires. Ron DeHart of the U. S. Forest Service said that 40 firefighters were assigned Sunday to fight a fire on Olympic National Forest land in the Grapple area, about eight miles southeast of Lake Quinault. The lake is at the southwest corner of Olympic National Park.
October 17, 1999 | Robert H. Nelson, Robert H. Nelson is a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs and senior fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public-policy group. He is the author of "Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management."
This year is shaping up to be a time of fire. Thus far, there have been more than 79,000 wild-land fires, affecting roughly 5 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. We have already experienced the worst forest fires since 1996--and the season's not over yet. As of Oct. 14, five large wildfires were burning in the West, two of them in California. Yet, as bad as the fires have been this year, they are only a warning of much worse to come. A century of U.S.
Thirteen senators, all but one from the West, announced their support Thursday for a plan to reduce the risk of catastrophic forest fires on federal land by cleaning out underbrush, thinning trees and--if necessary--building roads to provide emergency vehicles with access to remote forest regions.
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