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Friday, April 17, 2015
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. Working with members of the SCNG’s 2-151 Security and Support Aviation Battalion from Greenville, three teams of...
Thursday, April 9, 2015
With support from the USDA Forest Service’s State Fire Assistance program, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is achieving goals outlined in the state’s Forest Action Plan. Every few years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact, identifies a common...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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. The...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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.  As wildfire season approaches it has firefighters watching closely...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
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...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A massive wildfire near Woodward recently should serve as a cautionary tale for all of us. The blaze burned more than 22,000 acres and caused an estimated $1.1 million in damage. Included in the damage total were seven occupied houses that were destroyed or damaged. Although we received some rain in the past few days that...
Monday, March 23, 2015
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...
Monday, March 23, 2015
The U.S. Forest Service, the White House, bipartisan supporters in Congress and conservation groups are trying to push through legislation (H.R. 167) so that the costs of fighting catastrophic wildfires would be paid from emergency funds, just as when other natural disasters strike. The Forest Service and Interior...
Monday, March 16, 2015
Last Friday, blazes were set across South and Central New Jersey, including Washington Township in Burlington County; Manchester and Eagleswood Townships in Ocean County; Millville, Maurice, Commercial, and Downe Townships in Cumberland; and Monmouth Battlefield in Monmouth County. "Prescribed burning is part of a planned...

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