Environmental Health

Judge Takes Oversight of California Utility’s Wildfire Prevention Plan

PG&E barred from paying dividends as part or prevention plan     By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he will closely monitor Pacific Gas & Electric’s tree-trimming this year and barred the ...

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Wet Arizona Weather Could Lead to More Wildfires

Heavy rains lead to a bumper crop of fuels     PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona fire officials and Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday that the sixth wettest winter on record in Phoenix and heavy snow in the high country don’t ...

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Vermont Plans Green Mountain National Forest Fires

Burns will treat 200 to 600 acres     RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain National Forest plans to use prescribed fires in the coming weeks to treat about 200 to 600 acres of the forest. Officials say the fires ...

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PG&E Objects to Judge’s Proposals to Prevent Wildfires

Utility pushed back at vegetation management     By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pushed back Friday on a U.S. judge’s revised proposals to prevent the utility’s equipment from causing more wildfires, ...

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California to Waive Environmental Rules for Fire Season Prep

Order will apply only to 35 projects covering nearly 141 square miles     By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, ...

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Wildfire Management Project Set for East Tennessee

Project will encompass 1 million acres     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal conservation officials say a watershed restoration and forestry management project is planned in a large section of east Tennessee. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says in a ...

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California Pulls National Guard from Border for Wildfire Protection

110 troops will be trained to work on fuel reduction projects     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from ...

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Firefighter Environmental Group Questions Use of Dozers to Fight Wildfires

Report says most of Carr Fire damage is from catlines     By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bulldozer drivers cut 305 miles (491 kilometers) of fire lines through scenic forest land last year in a desperate ...

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Prescribed Burn in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest

Prevention effort for communities near national forest     NEBO, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a 197-acre prescribed burn in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. The forest service says in a news release the ...

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Court Blocks Montana Logging Project

Attorney for USFS said project would reduce wildfire threats     HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked a western Montana logging project while it considers a lawsuit that claims the project could harm threatened species. The ...

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