Author Archives: Bill Carey

Smoke from Wildfires Near Chernobyl Engulf Ukraine Capital

The fires are in the 1,000-square-mile Chernobyl Exclusion Zone     KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in the contaminated evacuation zone around the wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant has engulfed Kyiv, placing the Ukrainian capital near the top ...

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PG&E: Wildfire Victims Backing Bankruptcy Plan So Far

Committee representing victims has been raising red flags about the settlement     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A Pacific Gas & Electric lawyer told a federal judge that the beleaguered company’s plan for getting ...

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New Wildfires Around Ukraine’s Chernobyl Plant

New fires around nuclear plant     MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Three new wildfires have started in the radiation-contaminated evacuation zone around Ukraine’s wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident 34 years ago, emergency ...

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Kansas Ranchers Burn Land Despite Plea from Health Officials

Smoke from Kansas reaching as far north as South Dakota     By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas ranchers eager to prepare their land for cattle grazing have mostly brushed off the plea from state ...

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NFFF: Fire Hero Family Events Through End of Summer Cancelled

We are looking for alternate ways to bring you together     National Fallen Firefighters Foundation During this unsettling time, for all of our safety, especially those working on the front lines, we have made the difficult decision to cancel ...

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National Forests in New Mexico Impose Campfire Restrictions

Fines and possible jail time     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — National forests around New Mexico are imposing campfire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities during the coronavirus outbreak. Forest officials from Taos to Alamogordo ...

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Wildfire Smoke Worsens COVID-19 Risk, Putting Firefighters in Extra Danger

They’re already familiar with “camp crud”     Luke Montrose Boise State University (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) As summer approaches, two forces of nature are on ...

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Judge Oks PG&E Plan to Pay $19M in Fees from Victims Fund

Even more money could be diverted from the fire victims’ fund     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer BERKELEY Calif. (AP) — The Northern California victims of catastrophic wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric’s decaying electrical grid will ...

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The Basics of Firefighter Safety in the Wildland Urban Interface

Review these mission basics   By Bill Troup, FireRescue Magazine Volume 8, Issue 3 Fighting fires in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) presents many unique challenges. Every year there are regular accounts of entrapments and other close calls, and WUI firefighting ...

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What if California Faces a Disaster During the Pandemic?

Social distancing and sheltering     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has evacuation plans for earthquakes, floods, mudslides and, of course, wildfires, but what if one of those disasters occurs as the state is dealing ...

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