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Arkansas faces nearly a hundred wildfires in three days

1,461 acres were burned between Saturday and Monday in Arkansas due to high wind, low humidity, and mild temperatures across the state.  The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) worked in conjunction with local fire departments to suppress 98 fires, which threatened some 43 homes.  Only one home was destroyed; central Arkansas remains on high wildfire danger status.

Joint Fire Science Program needs your input

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) plans to undergo a research initiative which will affect policy, research and management aspects of fuel treatment programs – it will outline future relevant fuel treatment research topics for JFSP consideration.  To increase the relevance of this plan, it is critically important that a wide variety of program leaders, stakeholders, project managers, and practitioners give their feedback.  This questionnaire – one for non-fede

Oregon Sen. Wyden pitches legislation to free up funding for catastrophic wildfires

Wildfires often cause the costliest property damages, causing billions in damage without currently being treated like other large-scale natural disasters. Oregon’s 2013 wildfire season was the most severe in more than 50 years, burning 103,000 acres and costing the state $122 million.

NASF supports language on tanker transfer

On Thursday night the Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending the legislation, which sets out policy for the Pentagon for the next year, to the President’s desk for signature. Importantly, the NDAA includes compromise language around an aircraft transfer act included in last year’s NDAA that would have sent 7 C-27J aircraft to the USDA Forest Service – NASF supported this language.

Wildfire Disaster Funding Act legislation introduced

On Thursday Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, aimed at ending the cycle of fire borrowing at the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior.

Coalition Press Release: Wildfire Disaster Funding

December 19, 2013 Jon Schwedler, The Nature Conservancy
For Immediate Release 916/769-4728

Forest Coalition Lauds New Emergency Fire Funding Bill in Senate
Would Mirror Funding Response to other Natural Disasters

Fire Committee/CMS Meeting 2014 Files

Attached are files for the 2014 Fire Committee/CMS Meeting, held in Tempe, AZ.

Montana officials explore wildland-urban interface issues

This week a group of policymakers and fire scientists met at the University of Montana to explore ways to address wildland-urban interface fire issues. “Fire is something that affects us all,” said James Burchfield, dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation. “How is it that we’re going to collectively deal with that?“

Prescribed burn partnership proves beneficial

It is a true measure of success when staff from six entities successfully join together to accomplish a common goal, as firefighters from Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Buffalo National River, Missouri Department of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, AmeriCorps-St. Louis, and Winona Rural Fire Department conducted the prescribed burn together.

Forest Service supports student research

The USDA Forest Service and the University of Texas at San Antonio, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, recently established a framework for cooperation that results in offering graduate and undergraduate students a chance to work with Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists.


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