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More work needs to be done on federal forests to improve their health and resiliency

This week's hearing before the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources came months after the Forest Service for the seventh time in a dozen years ran out of money to fight fires, forcing the agency to draw down accounts for research, capital improvements, reforestation and timber planning.

USFS announces webinar series session 19

The Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series presents session 19: What planners need to know about planning for wildfire protection. This session will discuss what planners and communities need to know to reduce risks of wildfire. 

Speakers scheduled:

NASF sends letters to appropriators recognizing reimbursement of non-fire funds

Alongside other leaders of the Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus, NASF sent letters to House and Senate appropriators recognizing their leadership demonstrated through including in the short-term continuing resolution a provision reimbursing the non-fire funds transferred to pay for fire suppression at the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior in fiscal year 2013.

Officials look for market-driven approach to forest management

The forests on the eastern slope of the Cascades in the Wenatchee National Forest pose a problem. They have grown unnaturally dense, choked with small trees and underbrush. What used to be open forest, dominated by big, fire-resistant ponderosa pine, has filled in with Douglas fir and other species after decades of fire suppression and timber harvests. Now, the forests are at high risk for deadly insect infestations and destructive, high intensity wildfires.

Grant funds available for prescribed burns

In an effort to reduce wildfire hazards on private lands, Texas A&M Forest Service is administering grant funding for prescribed burning on private property within 10 miles of a National Forest boundary in the state of Texas, through the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Protection Program.  The deadline for application submission is November 30, 2013.

Feds developing ‘Richter Scale’ for wildfires

Federal researchers have been working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires similar to the way officials use the magnitude scale for earthquakes and other tools to rate and evaluate tornadoes and hurricanes.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology hopes its Wildland Urban Interface Hazard Scale will tell residents the likely intensity of a wildfire burning into their neighborhood.

Wildfire safety tips available

Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk.  But by working together, residents can make their own property—and their neighborhood—much safer from wildfires.

Download NFPA’a tip sheet for action steps you can take around your home.

Australia experiencing another devastating fire season

Wildfires claimed one life and destroyed at least 100 homes near Sydney, Australia biggest city, after forced thousands to evacuate their homes and authorities warned on Friday more homes could be lost as fires burned out of control.

NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher said the loss of just 100 homes could be considered “lucky” given magnitude of the threat posed by the fires.  With dry and massive land area, Australia is particularly prone to brushfires.

California logging industry sets sights on burned trees

The Rim Fire that charred a quarter-million acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park over the summer left an estimated one billion board feet of salvageable dead trees. The logging industry and its supporters are racing to get it, saying such work would provide jobs in the economically downtrodden region.

Fire transfer included in debt/shutdown deal

The legislation signed into law early Thursday didn't just end the 16-day-old partial government shutdown, it also paid back $636 million in fire transfer funds moved from other accounts to battle wildfires in the 2012-2013 season.

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