Wildfire

Oklahoma Forestry Services participates in smoke exposure study

Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) firefighters are doing their part to help make wildland firefighters breathe easier in the future.

New Partnership Focuses on Increased Use of Fire in California for Natural Resource and Public Benefits

Federal and State agency officials gathered today with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California.

Partnership Announces 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

Individuals and Organizations Honored for Exemplary Commitment to Community Fire Protection

WASHINGTON—The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee has announced the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Award winners. Established in 2014, the awards are the highest commendation for the innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

USDA Secretary Urges Congress to Pass Wildfire Funding Fix

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that in 2015, wildfires burned a record 10,125,149 acres across the United States, surpassing the previous record set in 2006. The Secretary renewed the call for Congress to pass the bi-partisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act.

2015 now costliest wildfire season on record

The 2015 wildfire season is now the costliest on record, with $1.71 billion spent to fight the blazes, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday.

The previous record of $1.67 billion, adjusted for inflation, was set in fiscal year 2002, U.S. Department of Agriculture communications director Matt Herrick said. 

With the season nearly over, 9.8 million acres burned in 2015, the second-highest total since records began in 1960, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Only 2006, with 9.87 acres charred, had a higher total.

Missed Opportunity: Wildfire Funding Fix, Forest Management Reforms Not Included in Omnibus

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is extremely disappointed in Congress' inability to arrive at a compromise that addresses wildland fire funding and forest management reforms.

Paul DeLong, Wisconsin State Forester and President of the National Association of State Foresters said today:

“State Foresters are disappointed by this missed opportunity to fix the wildfire funding problem and allow for much-needed forest management reforms.

Oklahoma City plans prescribed burn at Martin Nature Park

The City of Oklahoma City is looking to set fire to one of the metro's most popular parks on purpose. The "prescribed burn" at Martin Nature Park, off the Kilpatrick Turnpike and Meridian, is supposed to help rejuvenate the land and reduce the risk of devastating wildfire.

The park is a spot of preserved wildland located in the middle of hospitals, businesses, and homes. Because of its location, the city says it would be devastating a wildfire sparked. The fire would be fueled by overgrown grass in the area.

State Foresters to Congress: Fix the Emergency Wildland Fire Funding Problem Today

WASHINGTON—The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) continues to closely follow Congressional negotiations that address wildland fire funding and forest management reforms.

Jay Farrell, Executive Director of the National Association of State Foresters said today:

“State Foresters, who direct the nation’s state forestry agencies, urge leaders in Congress to act now and support a fire funding fix in the omnibus appropriations bill. 

USDA official, Wyoming State Forester: Fund wildfire fighting like other disasters

The next federal spending bill should establish a new way to pay for fighting ever-more-severe wildfires as the cost of mobilizing fire trucks, helicopters, air tankers and hundreds of firefighters burns through more than half of the U.S. Forest Service budget, a top USDA official said this week.