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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.

blue bird victimsOn September 1, 1972 three young men who had been refused entry set a fire on the staircase that served as the only regular entrance for the Wagon Wheel bar in Montreal. The resulting fire killed 37 people.

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filmon reportAfter the catastrophic 2003 wildfire season former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon was hired by the province to conduct a review. His report, "Firestorm 2003", warned that action had to be taken to reduce fuels in forests near communities. Communities are now saying the province needs to do more.

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National firefighters memorial announcementPublic Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale announced the Government of Canada has set aside the second Sunday in September as National Firefighters Memorial Day.

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wildfire smokeFor weeks this summer residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Northern California lived in a pall of wildfire smoke. NPR's Jane Greenhalgh met with Dr. Gopal Allada, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Oregon Health & Science University, to find out whether all that smoke can harm lungs.

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dorm room burnWilfred Laurier University and the Brantford Fire Department staged a dorm room burn on campus to demonstrate how quickly people need to react to a fire.

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