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Colorado is advised against creating state aerial firefighting fleet

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado needs to strengthen efforts to combat wildfires to prevent future destructive blazes but need not create its own state-run aerial fleet of water-dropping planes, a firefighting agency recommended on Friday. The report by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control was issued ahead of the start of the annual fire season at the request of lawmakers following a series of devastating wildfires that hit the state in recent years.

Obama seeks change in how U.S. pays to fight wildfires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask Congress in his budget proposal next week to change the way it pays for the soaring costs of fighting wildfires, the White House said on Monday, noting the new approach will ensure more money goes to preventing fires. Obama met on Monday with governors from western states that have had massive fires in recent years, including Arizona, Colorado and Oregon, to discuss the approach.

One dead as Australian blaze razes around 50 homes

A man died and some 50 homes were razed after a fast-moving wildfire swept through the outskirts of western Australia's Perth, officials said Monday. The blaze, thought to have been started by a fallen power line in the city's wooded fringes on Sunday, was fanned by hot, strong gusts that saw 20-metre (66-foot) flames tear through residential streets. Fire and emergency authorities said 49 homes had been confirmed lost but warned that some 30 percent of the fire zone still needed to be searched and damage reports could increase.

One dead as Australian blaze razes around 50 homes

A man died and some 50 homes were razed after a fast-moving wildfire swept through the outskirts of western Australia's Perth, officials said Monday. The blaze, thought to have been started by a fallen power line in the city's wooded fringes on Sunday, was fanned by hot, strong gusts that saw 20-metre (66-foot) flames tear through residential streets. Fire and emergency authorities said 49 homes had been confirmed lost but warned that some 30 percent of the fire zone was still needed to be searched and damage reports could increase.

One dead, four missing as Australian blaze razes homes

A man died and four other people were missing after a fast-moving wildfire destroyed at least 46 homes in western Australia's Perth, officials said Monday. The blaze, thought to have been started by a fallen power line in the city's wooded outskirts on Sunday, was fanned by hot, strong gusts that saw 20-metre (66-foot) flames tear through residential streets. "It has been confirmed that 46 homes have been lost," Western Australia state's fire and emergency services department said, warning that some 30 percent of the fire zone was yet to be assessed.

Australia firefighters start to gain upper hand

Firefighters in Australia took advantage of lighter winds Friday to strengthen containment lines around several big blazes as they started to get on top of a nine-day bushfire emergency. Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos that have destroyed more than 200 homes, cost two lives, and razed more than 124,000 hectares (306,000 acres) across New South Wales state since last week.

Search to save smallest survivors of Australia fires

As the Blue Mountains bushfire threat eases and hundreds of residents return to their homes a relief and rescue operation is just beginning for its smallest victims -- Australia's unique wildlife. Veterinarians across the region west of Sydney are on standby as volunteer crews from animal rescue group WIRES hike out into scorched bush areas in search of native creatures that have survived the flames.

Alberta to thin trees around towns to prevent another Slave Lake-type wildfire

EDMONTON - The Alberta government will begin thinning trees around forest-enclosed communities to help prevent a recurrence of the wildfires that devastated much of the town of Slave Lake. The plan is one of eight initiatives the province is moving ahead with following a report into the May 2011 fires that forced 10,000 people to flee and destroyed 560 homes and businesses. Diana McQueen, the cabinet minister responsible for sustainable resource development, says they will also expand the number of attack firefighting crews.

Portugal calls for more help to tackle deadly forest fires

Portugal appealed for further international aid Monday to tackle forest fires raging in the country's north and centre, with 30-metre flames towering over villagers in some areas. The fires continued unabated after claiming the life of a female firefighter last week, despite French and Spanish jets dropping water on the affected regions. A week without a break was taking its toll on firefighters in Tondela, central Portugal. "We sometimes forget to eat," fire chief Carlos Dias told the Jornal de Noticias newspaper.

Portugal calls for more help to tackle deadly forest fires

Portugal appealed for further international aid Monday to tackle forest fires raging in the country's north and centre, with 30-metre flames towering over villagers in some areas. The fires continued unabated after claiming the life of a female firefighter last week, despite French and Spanish jets dropping water on the affected regions. Miguel Cruz, spokesman for the Civil Protection Authority, said the fires were likely to subside from Wednesday as temperatures fell, but called on France to extend its help.
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