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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
The Indiana State University campus is a little shadier these days thanks to the recent planting of dozens of trees. Ranging from 25-foot tall Siena Glen maple and American elms to smaller Canada chokecherry and tulip trees, about 45 trees were transplanted from university-owned tree farms to replace some of the more than...
Friday, August 21, 2015
An invasive pest is on Maine’s doorstep and forest health experts are stepping up efforts to detect the destructive bug as soon as it crosses the border. Last month, Belknap County became the latest county in New Hampshire to begin restricting the movement of firewood and other wood products. The quarantines are aimed at...
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 21, 2015
South Carolina Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the forest products sector in grand fashion, unveiling a large wooden sign representing the industry’s $18.6 billion contribution to the state’s economy. The new economic impact figure was revealed at a statewide meeting of forestry professionals...
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 14, 2015
A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting...

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