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Logo550x200We will be publishing FireWatch once a month this year and hope you enjoy the stories we found interesting enough to provide links for. If you have any comments please do not hesitate to share them with us.

wildfire4University of British Columbia researchers have developed an early warning system that tracks greening vegetation to predict the risk of human-caused wildfires with ten day accuracy.

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cocoanut grove fireOn November 28, 1942 a catastrophic fire at Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub led to reform of safety standards and codes in the U.S. and major changes in treatment of burn victims internationally. Four hundred and ninety-two people were killed and hundreds more injured.

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gavelSix Miami firefighters have been dismissed after an incident in which a noose was hung over a black colleague's family photo and lewd images were drawn on a picture of his wife.

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Kidde fire extinguisher recallKidde Corporation is recalling 134 different brands of fire extinguishers because they can fail in an emergency. Click here for the list of affected Canadian models.

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burning chairFollowing the lead of Maine, San Francisco will ban the sale of upholstered furniture containing flame retardants. Flame retardants are linked to cancer and birth defects.

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