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CFA updates on Sooty’s USA adventures

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Region 23 CFA updates on operations officer, Stewart
Kreltszheim, on the fire
ground in the USA.
Update 26/8/06:
Stewart Kreltszheim (Sooty) arrived safely at Boisie in Idaho USA, after 20 hours travelling.

The Australian crew will most likely be working a group of fires known as “The Tripod Complex” which is local to Boisie. All are in good spirits and looking forward to the challenge ahead.

We will endeavour to keep you updated and I am sure that these fires can be viewed through Google.
(Gregg Paterson – CFA Wangaratta)

News Reports:
Firefighter faces arson charges in Idaho wildfire
… Fire managers say an age-old irony associated with wildfires in the West is that … Terry Edwards, deputy state fire marshal in Idaho, said “an excuse to get a …
Wildfires spare no region across dry Idaho
… In all, wildfires have charred a 300,000-acre patchwork in the state during this dry summer. Smoke from numerous fires burning in southwestern Idaho and …
Wildfires rage in western United States
BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Wildfires have intensified in Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, said. …
USA hasn’t seen a fire season like this in six years

Off to fight wildfires in USA

WANGARATTA firefighter Stewart Kreltszheim is flying out of Sydney this morning (Friday 25 Aug)on his way to help in the fight against fires sweeping across the United States of America.

The Region 23 Country Fire Authority operations officer is part of an Australia/New Zealand support contingent to the USA, helping battle more than 250 wildfires.

Strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity has fanned fires in Idaho, California, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Texas, Nevada and Washington State.

“A lot of the fires are in the wilderness and a lot of the fires are at altitude,” Mr Kreltszheim said.


Written by Greg Naylor

26 August 2006 at 12:20 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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