Nominate the most significant wildfire news stories of 2011

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Which do YOU think were the most significant stories about wildfire that occurred in 2011?

As we have done for the last 2 years, we will be listing the most significant news stories about wildfire that occurred during the last year and will ask you to cast your vote in a poll for those that you think are the MOST significant. As before, we won’t list the fatalities, because I don’t think any of us want to rate one fatality as more significant than another.

I am working on the list now, but you have a chance to contribute before it is complete. In a comment below, let us know which stories you think were most significant in 2011. If you want to, you can copy and paste into your comment the web address to the story. Hopefully the incident will have been covered on Wildfire Today, but if not, we’d certainly like to know about it.

Nominate your significant stories by the end of the day on Saturday, January 14, 2012 in a comment below. I will evaluate your nominations, compare them with what I came up with, and in a completely arbitrary and capricious manner, decide which ones make the final poll. On January 16 I’ll post the new poll, and then you can vote.

You can still vote in the previous polls, unless you have already:  2009 and 2010


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

10 thoughts on “Nominate the most significant wildfire news stories of 2011”

  1. I have to agree with Eric on this one for sure——
    “The never ending US Air Tanker policy/contracting issues”

  2. Bill:

    1. The 2011 Texas Fire Season
    2. The never ending US Air Tanker policy/contracting issues
    3. NC/USFWS mega Dismal Swamp Fire

    1. There was one fatality and two injuries. No trained firefighters were present at the prescribed fire. Yes, it’s a big story, however fatalities will not be part of the poll, since we are not going to rate fatalities against each other.


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