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Thursday, August 27, 2015
The group of wildfires burning in central Washington is now the largest in state history, a fire official said Monday. The so-called Okanogan Complex of five wildfires now covers 256,567 acres, KREM-TV reported. Rick Isaacson, a spokesman for crews battling the blazes statewide, said the complex measured just over 400...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Health departments across the West are mobilizing to protect residents’ health from smoke generated by dozens of fires that have sent smoke as far east as the Midwest. “It’s really bad,” said Janice Nolan, assistance vice president for national policy of American Lung Association. “I hadn’t seen code maroon days, which is...
Friday, August 21, 2015
Wildland firefighters don’t care to be called “smoke eaters” anymore, but smoke is what’s on their menu. And it’s on the minds of Joe Domitrovich and Joe Sol at the U.S. Forest Service’s Technology and Development Center in Missoula, where they’re studying just how much smoke a firefighter can eat – or breathe – before...
Friday, August 21, 2015
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...
Friday, August 21, 2015
Idaho is facing an unprecedented wildfire season, the state's top forestry official says. "We are seeing well above average temperatures, and we're seeing fuel moisture levels that are at record lows," David Groeschl, state forester for the Idaho Department of Lands, told Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other members of the...
Friday, August 21, 2015
This summer, as Alaska was on pace to set a new record for the number of acres burned by wildfires, the ones flocking to the land of the midnight sun have been firefighters and firefighting personnel. Forty-five states including Washington, D.C. sent more than 3,500 firefighting personnel to battle multiple, ongoing fires...
Friday, August 14, 2015
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...
Friday, August 14, 2015
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,...
Friday, August 14, 2015
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...
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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. A new report released today by the Forest Service estimates that within a decade, the agency will spend more than two-thirds of its...

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