USA–– The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release:
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Bureau, in cooperation with U.S. Forest Service – State and Private Forestry, has awarded $186,223 in 50 percent cost-share grants to 83 rural fire Iowa departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.
The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, personal protective equipment, and communications equipment, said Gail Kantak, fire supervisor with the DNR’s Forestry Bureau.
The 2012 Volunteer Fire Assistance grant requests have been approved for the following fire departments:
Kanawha; Kirkman; Lake Mills; Lamoni; Lansing; Larrabee; Lawton; Le Grand; Luana; Mapleton; Maquoketa; Martensdale; Melbourne; Melcher-Dallas; Menlo; Montour; Moorhead; Moulton; New Market; New Virginia – Virginia Township and North English.
Oakland; Onawa; Otho; Pacific Junction; Parkersburg; Perry; Peterson; Postville; Readlyn; Renwick; Ridgeway; Riverton; Saint Olaf; Seymour; Shell Rock; Soldier; Stratford; Sutherland; Swea City; Tripoli; Ute; Van Meter; Wallingford; Waukon and West Branch.
Kantak said it is important that all fire departments submit wildland fire reports whenever they respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire. Wildland fire reporting forms are available at www.iowadnr.gov/fire .
Departments actively returning these reports receive priority points when the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant applications are scored. These wildland fire reports are compiled locally and nationally and are reported to Congress. The failure was in the forest areas.Advertisement
Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.