Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service recently completed a survey showing California's drought is causing trees to die at an alarming rate. Jeffrey Moore, who has been working on such surveys since 1997, said he has never seen anything like it.
"We recorded approximately 12 million trees, recently killed trees," said Moore. He and his crew flew low in a plane over a stretch of the southern Sierra Nevada from near Sonora to the hills above Bakersfield. They also performed a similar fly-over in Southern California.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission and South Carolina National Guard held a joint training exercise Friday, April 10 at Manchester State Forest to practice coordination and communication on a mock wildfire.
With Colorado’s snowpack at only 65 percent of average and Red Flag Warnings again in effect throughout much of the state today, the Colorado State Forest Service reminds landowners that there’s no better time than now to prepare homes and communities for wildfire.
“Sometimes the best defense is a good offense,” said Mike Lester, state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service. “Long before a fire arrives, landowners should be taking pre-emptive actions to reduce wildfire potential.”
On Tuesday, Magic, a K-9 wildfire arson dog, and his Kentucky Department of Corrections handlers, Adam Sloan and Josh Brock, were called to help investigate a fire on Warrior’s Path in Knox County, near Stinking Creek.
Division of Forestry personnel knew where the wildfire started, but were uncertain who started it.
Colorado evergreens this spring are showing what some call winter bronzing or freeze damage. It’s the result of a cold snap that occurred in November. Many trees were flash frozen, and now that spring has arrived the damaged and dead trees are what’s left.
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 Protection District Deputy Chief of Operations Hal Doughty. The DFPD nominated Winzell for the honor.
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 their annual training, which covered everything from driving safety to land navigation to radio communications.
The drill is hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Forestry Division.
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