Environmental Health

California to Set More Controlled Burns to Stop Wildfires

Goal for 2018 is to burn at least 31 square miles     CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more “controlled burns” to thin ...

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Grow or Burn?

Understanding the paradox of fire exclusion in the WUI     By Dena Ali | FireRescue Magazine Volume 12, Issue 11 According to the federal register of the United States, the wildland-urban interface (WUI) exists where humans and their development ...

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Gatlinburg Rebounds from Wildfires, Cautious of the Future

Devastating fires could become the “new normal.”   By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Bob Bentz had just installed underground utility lines and paved a new road when wildfires roared through the eastern Tennessee treetop canopy he ...

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Grow or Burn?

Understanding the paradox of fire exclusion in the WUI By Dena Ali | FireRescue Magazine Volume 12, Issue 11   According to the federal register of the United States, the wildland-urban interface (WUI) exists where humans and their development meet ...

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Wildfire Damage Contaminates Water for California Homes

Contaminates found in water in Santa Rosa   SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Officials have warned a small number of people to refrain from drinking or cooking with tap water because the water system was damaged by the recent Northern ...

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House Approved Bill to Speed Logging to Combat Wildfires

Vote loosens environmental regulations for forest-thinning projects     By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and ...

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GOP Targets Environmental Rules after Wildfires

Bill seeks to loosen rules for forest-thinning projects     By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for tree cutting in national forests in response to the deadly wildfires ...

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Forest Thinning Project Saved Homes from Fires, But Can It be Duplicated?

Forests across West are so overgrown they’ve been called powder kegs   This Nov. 7, 2013, photo provided by the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project shows an unidentified worker burning a pile of collected undergrowth in the Deschutes National Forest in ...

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U.S. Ties Record for Costly Weather

2017 is shaping up to be an unprecedented year     By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Howling winds, deadly floods, fire and ice so far this year have pushed the U.S. into a tie for weather ...

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Supreme Court Declines Hearing New Mexico Tree Clearing Dispute

Ruling puts fire prevention issue in lower court   WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that prevents New Mexico from greenlighting tree clearing on federal land in the state in the name ...

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