Wildland News

  • Despite Wet Weather, Fires Still a Concern

    At this time last year, local fire departments were getting small glimpses of the unmerciful season of wildfires that lay ahead, fueled by drought-like weather and high winds.

    News • April 24th, 2003

  • Aussie Volunteers Fired up by Opportunity

    Rural Fire Service volunteers Ros Bailey and Graeme Stiff have passed the gruelling test of qualifying for a stint in the US firefighting

    News • April 23rd, 2003

  • Colorado Authorizes Fire Emergency Funds

    Three small air tankers and 10 new fire engines will be placed at strategic sites around Colorado as the state prepares for another summer wildfire season.

    News • April 18th, 2003

  • Wisconsin Brush Fire Consumes Homes

    A line of orange flames is making a path through part of Oak Creek. The fires started about 10:30 a.m. today. There are at least three to five fires in the area

    News • April 15th, 2003

  • Fire Razes Maine Forestry Station

    Retired forest ranger Thomas LeMont Sr. spotted flames billowing from the rear of the forestry station as he drove home from work.

    News • April 14th, 2003

  • On Lookout for Flames: Volunteers Watch San Bernardino National Forest

    Hosts must successfully complete 12 hours of training in which they learn to operate the Osborne fire locator, weather station and radio and study the forest's history, plants and animals.

    News • April 11th, 2003

  • Suspicious L.A. Fire Scortches 10 Acres

    A fire that scorched about 10 acres yesterday started in three different places, leading Los Angeles County fire investigators to believe an arsonist was involved.

    News • April 3rd, 2003

  • 200 Plus Firefighters Take Part in Wildland Training

    More than 200 firefighters from all over San Diego County packed El Monte Park on Monday and Tuesday to train for the upcoming fire season and to practice coordination for large-scale emergency responses.

    News • April 3rd, 2003

  • Ex-Forest Worker Reports for Sentence

    A former U.S. Forest Service worker who admitted sparking the state's largest wildfire by burning a letter from her husband has begun serving a six-year federal sentence behind bars.

    News • March 25th, 2003

  • Controlled Burns Help Reduce Colorado Fire Danger

    Firefighters in Boulder are preparing for the upcoming fire season by conducting controlled burns of dead and overgrown vegetation in the area.

    News • March 14th, 2003

  • Less-Severe Fire Season Expected in 2003

    The 2003 wildfire season will not be as severe as last year, but much of the West and upper Midwest will still see an above-normal fire year, according to predictions from federal experts.

    News • March 11th, 2003

  • Wildfire Fighting Budgets Suffer Cuts

    When lightning struck southwestern Oregon last summer, Steve Baker could smell the smoke within hours from his house on a wooded ridge overlooking the Applegate Valley.

    News • March 10th, 2003

  • U.S. Forest Worker Wants Sentence Vacated

    Attorneys for the former forest worker who started Colorado's largest wildfire said her 12-year prison sentence should be thrown out because the judge had to flee his home to escape the smoke.

    News • March 7th, 2003

  • New Mexico Foresters Expect Less Severe Start To Fire Season

    Although New Mexico has had a wet February, firefighters say we're not out of the woods yet as far as the fire danger.

    News • March 5th, 2003

  • Experts Meet for Nation's First Fire Forecast

    Specialists in climate prediction, fire behavior and forest "fuels" meet in Arizona today to draft the first national forecast of wildfire danger for the summer fire season.

    News • February 25th, 2003