USA — In wildfire news today, San Diego adds its name to the list of areas reactivating fire lookout towers, but eight individuals will probably not get an invitation to visit them, as the next article explains. The Phos-Chek folks will now be working with Barricade gel, but fire departments across the country may be hard pressed at times to provide the personnel or water needed to apply it, as the following article relates. The story of the ‘fire poppy’ is up next, something which may be seen in the Siskiyou area during fire rehabilitation there. Southern states are being told to prepare for more wildfires as they get the dubious distinction of hosting more fires than any other part of the country this past year, with 2.3 million acres burned. As if to underscore this problem, the next two articles highlight wildfires in Texas, with a third showing how the Ozarks face either fire or ice. There were a number of stories on the technology front today, leading off with one about a toxicity study on smoke, followed by two about innovative devices/software that provide up-to-the-minute fire information, a nifty hovercraft to perform water rescues, and a British article about an unusual pyrotechnic device: landslides. Heading south, firefighters in New Zealand had to call in a heli-tanker to assist on a bushfire, while fire resources in central Victoria state, Australia, have been expanded.