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Does using airplanes to put out forest fires actually work?

Does using airplanes to put out forest fires actually work?

Flying an aircraft into the fiery maw of a raging wildfire is just as dangerous as it sounds.

Early one morning in August of 2001, Scott Vail received a report of a fire burning in an isolated corner of California’s Eldorado National Forest. The wildfire had caught at the bottom of a deep canyon, and so Vail, then the Forest Service’s Fire Chief for Eldorado, chose to send out a forest helicopter with a ground crew following behind.

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Concrete industry launches campaign to burn cross-laminated timber

Concrete industry launches campaign to burn cross-laminated timber

Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), released a new video expressing concern with the use of a wood product known as cross-laminated timber (CLT) in construction. The video joins an ongoing effort to inform the design / build and construction communities about the importance of utilizing strong and resilient building materials in the Seattle, Washington market.

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Salt River Project test burning forest debris at coal plant - could accelerate forest restoration and reduce wildfires if successful

Salt River Project test burning forest debris at coal plant

Salt River Project is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station (CGS) in St. Johns, Ariz., to improve the health of Arizona’s forests and watersheds. CGS workers are scheduled to test burn more than 2,600 tons – or about 250 acres – of forest debris biomass at the plant over a 20-day period beginning in the fall or early winter.

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Canfor eyes Prince George for major biofuel facility

Canfor eyes Prince George for major biofuel facility

One of the world’s largest logging companies is looking to get into the oil business.Canfor is in the early phases of developing what would be the first ever commercial-scale biocrude oil plant. The logging company is looking to convert wood waste from its pulp mills into mass quantities of crude oil at a new facility in Prince George.

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