Environmental Health

Officials Search for Ways to Reduce Wildfire Deaths

Several options considered to give a better chance of survival     By MATTHEW BROWN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled ...

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Scientists: Wind, Drought Worsen Fires, Not Bad Management

“Natural factors and human-caused global warming effects fatally collude”     By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite ...

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President Trump Takes Aim at California Wildfire Management

President blames forestry management     President Donald Trump blamed California again for its horrific wildfire season Wednesday and threatened to withhold federal fire assistance from the state. Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Trump lashed out at California’s forestry management ...

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Oregon Controlled Burns: Can More Fires Create Less Smoke?

Roughly 165,000 acres a year have been treated with controlled burns   \ By KATE WILIAMS, The Oregonian/OregonLive About 30 members of the crew stood in the morning still of the forest as Katie Sauerbrey laid out the plans for ...

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