Tag Archives: U.S. Forest Service

USFA: Forest Service On-Duty Death

Vista Grande Hotshot killed fighting Montana wildfire     The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Brent M. Witham, 29, of the U.S. Forest Service on August 2, 2017. Firefighter Brent Witham was struck and ...

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Supertanker Gains Approval to Fight U.S. Wildfires

747 can fight fires but is limited to where the fires are   (Global Supertanker Services/Facebook photo)   By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have given a giant airtanker approval to fight wildfires in the ...

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Debate Over Supertanker as Western Wildfires Burn

Company says USFS is keeping plane grounded with contract limit   Global SuperTanker Services, LLC/Facebook photo   KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant aircraft that can fly high above oceans on intercontinental flights instead jets in ...

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California, Feds Dispute $18M Fire Debt

State director says USFS has stiffed local governments     BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s emergency services director has fired off a sharply worded letter to the U.S. Forest Service that said the agency had stiffed ...

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Video: Hotshots Rescue Fawns in Arizona Wildfire

Forest Service video shows rescue in Prescott National Forest   Two Flagstaff Hotshots, while fighting the Goodwin Fire south of Prescott June 30, 2017, made a discovery that saved lives – of the four-legged variety: two fawns. (Video from U.S. ...

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Plan to Improve Wildfire Shelters Fails

Improvement efforts unable to meet deadline   KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Crews who battle wildfires will have to wait at least another year before getting better fire shelters than those that failed to save 19 firefighters ...

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Over 9,000 Acres in Washington

U.S. Forest Service will do 22 burns to reduce fuels   SEATTLE (AP) — To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state ...

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New Interior Secretary Encourages Employees to Report Harassment

Investigations highlighted toxic work environment   SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is personally encouraging National Park Service employees to report any forms of workplace harassment they experience or witness, ...

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Thinning Forests to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Conservation group begins selective logging   PHUONG LE, Associated Press CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — To restore a forest and reduce the risk of severe wildfires, a conservation group is cutting down trees. The Nature Conservancy is s

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