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Thursday, March 26, 2015
A massive wildfire near Woodward recently should serve as a cautionary tale for all of us. The blaze burned more than 22,000 acres and caused an estimated $1.1 million in damage. Included in the damage total were seven occupied houses that were destroyed or damaged. Although we received some rain in the past few days that...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
FireWise of Southwest Colorado had some big things to celebrate at its bimonthly meeting Tuesday, including three national awards. Judy Winzell got a standing ovation from her neighbors at Falls Creek as she accepted the Community Wildfire Preparedness Pioneer Award – one of only four in the nation – from Durango Fire...
Monday, March 23, 2015
The U.S. Forest Service, the White House, bipartisan supporters in Congress and conservation groups are trying to push through legislation (H.R. 167) so that the costs of fighting catastrophic wildfires would be paid from emergency funds, just as when other natural disasters strike. The Forest Service and Interior...
Monday, March 23, 2015
Wildfire season is quickly approaching, and Southern Arizona fire departments spent last weekend brushing up on their skills. Firefighters from several local agencies, including the Northwest Fire District, Casa Grande Fire Department, Golder Ranch Fire District, and Oracle Fire Department, were out in Oracle Saturday for...
Monday, March 16, 2015
Last Friday, blazes were set across South and Central New Jersey, including Washington Township in Burlington County; Manchester and Eagleswood Townships in Ocean County; Millville, Maurice, Commercial, and Downe Townships in Cumberland; and Monmouth Battlefield in Monmouth County. "Prescribed burning is part of a planned...
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has released the first of two reports developed by the Rangeland Fire Task Force. This initial report includes actions to be implemented by Interior’s bureaus to immediately address the threat of rangeland fire to Western sagebrush-steppe landscapes and improve fire management efforts...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Ohioans are advised to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “Most wildfires in Ohio are caused by people that are simply careless when burning trash and other debris...
Friday, January 9, 2015
Washington Department of Natural Resources officials think thinning and restoring more forests on public and private lands throughout the state could help prevent another wildfire season like 2014, which was the most destructive in state history. The agency is asking the state legislature to quintuple the amount spent on...
Friday, January 9, 2015
The 2015 National Smokey Bear Awards nomination period is now open. This prestigious award program recognizes organizations and/or indiciduals for outstanding service in wildfire prevention programs. These awards remind us of the hard work our employees and cooperators do to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires.  ...
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Geronimo Hotshots are one of seven Native American hotshot crews in the United States who are sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This revealing documentary features GoPro footage from the Geronimo Hotshots’ 2013 fire season, shot by crew member Samson Belvado and put together by the The Atlantic filmaker Sam...

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