Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Roundup of Fire News, April 22, 2008

Firefighter burned on wildland fire in North Dakota

From MSNBC today:
Burke County, North Dakota, authorities say a firefighter has been flown to a Minnesota burn center with injuries after battling a blaze that burned nearly 1,500 acres near Columbus.

The sheriff's office says 28-year-old Mitchell Strom of Columbus suffered burns to his face and other extremities. Sheriff Barry Jager says the fire started Saturday afternoon when a man used a torch to cut a swather to fit on a trailer.

Thirty-three-year-old Cory Klitzke of Stanley was cited for violating Burke County's burn ban. The violation carries a $500 fine. A barn and a garage were destroyed but the house on the farm was saved.
Firefighter entrapped and burned in Virginia

A firefighter with the Virginia Department of Forestry was badly burned on Saturday when he was overrun by a fire while operating a dozer. Steve Morris has third-degree burns and is being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Two other firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation injuries.

New Mexico and Arizona wildland fires

The 4,130 acre Trigo fire, on the Cibola National Forest southeast of Albuquerque, has burned nine homes, nine outbuildings and two recreational vehicles. Evacuations have occurred around the towns of Manzano and Torreon. Containment is reported to be 27%.

The Alamo fire, 13 miles west of Nogales, Arizona, has burned 5,072 acres in the United States and Mexico; 300 acres are on the Mexico side of the border. According to a report on InciWeb:
Mexican bomberos (firefighters) from the national commission of forestry, as well as the chief of civil protection for the City of Nogales, Sonora, are working closely with an Arizona incident management team and interpreters. Officials from both countries have established a unified operations effort, which entails a joint planning process.
California teenagers plead guilty to starting wildland fire

Two teenagers from Julian, CA yesterday plead guilty of starting a campfire that escaped and ignited the 850-acre Angel fire in September. The fire destroyed one house and part of a church retreat. From the San Diego Union:
Francisco Javier Abarca, 19, and Mario J.W. DeLuca, 18, pleaded guilty in El Cajon Superior Court to one misdemeanor count of letting a fire escape, Deputy District Attorney Gordon Paul Davis said.

In addition, DeLuca pleaded guilty to an unrelated residential burglary charge, Davis said.

Judge Peter C. Deddeh sentenced DeLuca to three years' probation on the fire charge, and he faces up to six years in prison on the burglary charge at a hearing May 19, Davis said.

Judge DeAnn M. Salcido placed Abarca on three years' probation and fined him $500, Davis said.

The two also may face a $3 million bill at the May 19 hearing from Cal Fire for the costs of battling the blaze, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Garrett said.

North Carolina wildland fire

An 800-acre fire in the Pisgah National Forest north of Marion in western North Carolina is 50% contained. A backfire or burnout planned could increase the size to 2,000 acres. Resources from Idaho, Arkansas, and Oklahoma are assisting on the fire.

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