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Most of Fort McMurray Spared from Wildfire

Officials review Alberta wildfire damage and plan for return of evacuees   FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Alberta’s premier has declared Canada’s oil sands city has been largely saved and said a plan will be put together within two weeks ...

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Global Supertanker Arrives in Colorado

Boeing 747-400 can carry 19,400 gallons   The nation’s largest firefighting aircraft is ready to call Colorado Springs home. Global SuperTanker Services LLC company CEO and founder Jim Wheeler, brought the Boeing 747-400 to Colorado Springs Airport on Tuesday ahead ...

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Oklahoma Forestry Officials Give Warning to Drone Operators

Officials say three incidents have already occurred in past months OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say the operators of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, should avoid flying near or over wildfires. State Forester Georg Geissler ...

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CalFire Sues Power Company for 2013 Wildfire

Agency seeks over $4M in cost of fighting Powerhouse Fire   LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state agency is suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to recover the more than $4 million cost in fighting a wildfire ...

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USFA: Wildland Firefighter Succumbs to Injuries

Inmate firefighter was struck in the head by a falling boulder United States Fire Administration The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Inmate Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones, 22, of CAL FIRE on February 26, 2016. Inmate ...

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Utah Bill to Ban Drones near Wildfires Gains Progress

House passed bill to ground drones and sent to Senate The Salt Lake Tribune The Utah House voted Monday to ground unmanned aerial drones that interfere with fighting wildfires. It passed HB126 on a 66-7 vote, and sent it to ...

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California Backs Off Plan to Lower Inmate Firefighter Standards

Corrections chief hopes to county jail prisoners can fill dwindling pool of state prison applicants   DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s new corrections chief is backing off a plan to lower standards for inmate firefighters, focusing ...

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Videos: Firefighters Contain Missouri Grass Fire

Video shows “fire tornado” during grass fire in Platte County   WESTON, Mo. (AP) — Firefighters are dousing hotspots at the site of a northwest Missouri grass fire that damaged up to 1,500 acres of land and briefly spawned a ...

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Utah Seeks Jail Time for Drone Operators over Wildfires

Legislation creates jail time as an effort to avoid aerial collisions HALLIE GOLDEN, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When a fire broke out last year near a Utah mountain lake, firefighters had to ground their airplanes and helicopters ...

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Partnership Forms to Improve Prescribed Fires

Environmental groups, federal and state agencies work to improve forest health   SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental groups and federal and state agencies have formed a partnership to increase the use of prescribed fires to improve the health of California’s ...

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