Prescribed Burns

Environmental Regulations Complicate California’s Forest Management

State must step up use of prescribed burns     By STEVE SCHOONOVER Chico Enterprise-Record CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state’s best tools toward ...

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Firefighter Killed in Texas Helicopter Crash

Helicopter crashed during a burn in the Sam Houston National Forest     Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle with permission MONTGOMERY, Texas (Houston Chronicle) – Authorities are investigating a deadly helicopter crash in northwest Montgomery County on Wednesday. A 2009 ...

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Prescribed and Controlled Burns Often Kick Off by Drip Torch Use

Designed to withstand the rough treatment that drip torches often endure     Controlled burns, prescribed burns, and backfires are all similar terms for a wildland fire that is intentionally lit to create a natural firebreak in front of a ...

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Prescribed Burn Planned for Island Wilderness off Georgia

Operations are expected to continue into July     CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The federal government is planning prescribed fires to help maintain one of coastal Georgia’s most pristine barrier islands. The National Park Service says controlled burning on ...

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Oregon Governor Searches for Ways to Stem Wildfires

“We have to re-examine how we fight fire,”     By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government needs to send more resources to do more forest thinning on public lands in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown ...

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California Seeks Faster Forestry Approvals in Wildfire Fight

State environmental laws called into question     By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities ...

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Government Shutdown Taking Toll on Wildfire Preparations

The pain of the four-week-long shutdown is having a ripple effect     By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire ...

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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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