Over 200 wildfires hit Texas in past week

Record amounts of spring rains may have ended the five-year Texas drought, but it has also provided bountiful fuel for more than 200 wildfires that cropped up around the state last week.

Officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service and rangeland resource experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service say the growth that sprouted up as a result of the rains and the extended dry period and high temperatures that followed have created a perfect storm for wildfires in Texas.

Delaware firefighters head out West

Delaware State Forester Michael Valenti is headed west this weekend to fight fires in a region covering parts of Montana and the northern Rockies.

The Delaware Forest Service sent out a team earlier this month to fight the Fork Complex Fire. This is a blaze covering nearly 28,000 acres in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest close to Hayfork, California. The Delaware firefighters are among the almost 2,400 personnel have been battling a fire that’s now 26 percent contained. The 20-person crew will soon complete their two-week assignment and could return home as soon as August 16.

Five million acres have burned in Alaskan wildfires this year

Last month, wildfire watchers were astounded as terrifying wildfires raged across the state of Alaska. Sometimes the records would come in with 300,000 or more new acres burned in a single day. It seemed inevitable that the 2015 wildfire season would quickly catch up with and then surpass the all-time record year, 2004, when 6,590,140 acres burned.

Kentucky Firefighters Help Battle Wildfires In Three States

Kentucky firefighters have traveled to to Washington, California and North Carolina to help battle wildfires.

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) dispatched 14 firefighters as part of a 20-person hand crew Sunday to the Bald Knob Fire in North Carolina. They joined a KDF public information officer who went out last week as a single resource person.

Rising Firefighting Costs Raises Alarms

For the first time in its 110-year history, the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is spending more than 50 percent of its budget to suppress the nation's wildfires.

Forestry Commission Sends Firefighters to California

Responding to a request from the U.S. Forest Service, the South Carolina Forestry Commission has sent seven of its wildland firefighters to join crews battling more than 30 wildfires around Redding, Calif.

Accompanied by three members of the Horry County Fire Rescue Department’s Wildfire Team, they will become part of a larger unit of other South Carolina responders called a Type 2-Initial Attack hand crew. The contingent arrived in Redding Sunday and was deployed to the nearby Shasta-Trinity National Forest. They will begin work today.

What It's Like to be a Smokejumper

For most of us jumping into a fire would be the stuff of nightmares. But for Jason Ramos, author of Smokejumper: A Memoir By One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters, it’s a job and way of life.

Every summer, when fire season begins, he heads for the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop, Washington to do battle with the flames. A series of ‘megafires’ in recent years has made his summers especially busy and dangerous.  

Washington Residents Undergo Fire Mitigation Efforts

As the nation struggles to get its wildfire strategy under control, a shift is under way in parts of Washington. Many homeowners see preparing for wildfire as a responsibility less the government’s than their own. Washington state is promoting the prevention ethic in communities by prioritizing them for grants. It’s also putting more funding into its forest-health programs, which can help because many large fires start on state or federal land.