Wildland News

  • Fire-Prone Properties Could Lose Coverage

    Over the next few years, some 1,200 State Farm customers in Wyoming's wildfire-prone areas must create "defensible space" around their homes or risk losing home insurance coverage.

    News • May 22nd, 2003

  • First Fire Of The Season Hits North Of Sedona

    U.S. Forest Service Ranger Connie Birkland, public affairs officer for Red Rock Ranger District, said the fire is burning in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Area about six miles north of west Sedona.

    News • May 22nd, 2003

  • Funding Shortfall Dousing Fire Plan

    Forest officials Wednesday outlined an aggressive 10-year strategy of thinning and controlled burns to defend mountain communities scattered across half a million acres of Front Range forests from wildfires.

    News • May 22nd, 2003

  • Prescribed Burning is a Valuable Firefighting Tool

    A wildfire last year easily could have turned these vacation homes into piles of ash. The forest surrounding the cabins is a jungle of dead and dying sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine. The ground is littered with what Vern Bentley, fire management officer...

    News • May 22nd, 2003

  • House OKs Tree Cutting to Reduce Fire Threat

    The House voted Tuesday to accelerate tree cutting on 20 million acres of overgrown woodlands prone to the wildfires that scorched millions of acres across 15 states last year.

    News • May 21st, 2003

  • Colorado Wants Homes in Fire Zones Made Safer

    State Farm is giving 21,000 homeowners in high risk wildfire zones in Western states two years to make their homes defensible or risk losing insurance coverage.

    News • May 21st, 2003

  • Bush Presses Bill on Thinning Forests

    President Bush nudged the Senate on Tuesday to pass legislation that would speed efforts to thin forests of small trees and underbrush that ``act as ladders'' for wildfires, allowing flames to reach the tops of the nation's oldest and most valuable...

    News • May 20th, 2003

  • House Approves Plan to Speed Up Logging

    -- The House voted Tuesday to accelerate tree cutting on 20 million acres of overgrown woodlands that are prone to the wildfires that scorched millions of acres across 15 states last year.

    News • May 20th, 2003

  • Learning To Reason With The Colorado Wildfire Season

    Wildfire is something that most people who live in remote areas are still coming to grips with

    News • May 20th, 2003

  • Week Ahead Could Shape National Forest Policy

    Forest policy could see major changes this week, as House Republicans and the Bush administration each move toward speeding up projects to reduce the fire threat on millions of federal acres.

    News • May 19th, 2003

  • Man Suspended From Training Wildfire Contract Crews

    A Washington man has been suspended from training contract wildfire crews this year after an investigation by Northwest officials found that his company's courses glossed over key safety points.

    News • May 19th, 2003

  • Man Suspended From Training Wildfire Contract Crews

    Washington man has been suspended from training contract wildfire crews this year after an investigation by Northwest officials found that his company's courses glossed over key safety points.

    News • May 19th, 2003

  • Despite April Showers, Summer Fire Season Still Looms

    Last month's rain and snow are likely to delay this year's fire season in the Sierra and northern Nevada, but experts say the summer eventually could be a bad one.

    News • May 19th, 2003

  • Rain Has Forestry Experts Optimistic For Mild Fire Season

    We're not out of the woods yet, but trees in Montana forests are soaking up moisture at levels that are giving wildlands firefighters real hope of a normal fire season.

    News • May 19th, 2003

  • Florida Wildfire Fears Heating Up

    This year, the Treasure Coast is about 3.5 inches below normal rainfall. as been fortunately free from any major wildfires this year, fire officials are quick to note the risk of out-of-control burns increases with each day without heavy downpours.

    News • May 16th, 2003