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NIFC warns of above average wildfire potential in August

August 04, 2017

From California to South Dakota, the National Interagency Fire Center is predicting above average significant wildfire potential in the west, and the Gem State is no exception. While many areas in the high elevations of the Gem State and the rest of the west have avoided wildfire danger thanks to a wet winter and spring, NIFC says those areas are now primed for fire danger.

Town clean-up a smooth success

August 04, 2017

The first load arrived at the gate at 6:15 a.m. It was a big load, a trailer piled high with stuff. Sitting on the ground, leaning against a tire, the driver was among many who came super early to the Nederland Town Cleanup, guaranteeing that they go back home without the junk and trash they gathered as part of the Annual Firewise Clean-up Event that took place on Saturday, June 3.

Oracle Firewise meeting welcomes Superior Fire

August 04, 2017

Oracle Fire District undisputedly has an amazing base of volunteers who are ready and willing to help out during an emergency.

And not just in Oracle.

Earlier this month when the Roach Fire broke out in Dudleyville, Oracle Firefighters, as well as firefighters from all the communities in the Copper Corridor, answered the call and went to help battle the blaze. Along with the firefighters, though, came the Oracle CERTs.

Why America’s Deadliest Wildfire Is Largely Forgotten Today

August 04, 2017

Some nights are impossible to forget—like the night of October 8, 1871, when women snatched their children from their beds, men formed ad hoc fire brigades, and the terrified residents of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, fled what would become the deadliest wildfire in American history. So why has the Peshtigo wildfire faded from national memory?

National Park Service to release report on response to Sevier County wildfires

June 01, 2017

The National Park Service says it expects to release a review in mid- to late July of its response to a November wildfire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that turned deadly.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that a seven-member committee began in February to study how the fire was handled.

Why fighting wildfires often fails - and what to do about it

June 01, 2017

Fighting wildfires in America cost federal agencies almost $2 billion last year including more than half the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fires are growing worse in a time of drought and climate change, and the biggest and most destructive fires can't be stopped. They are a force of nature: imagine trying to stop a hurricane. Yet the government has to try, because more than a 100 million Americans now live in -- or near -- forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames.

Training Wildland Firefighters in Virginia

June 01, 2017

The Virginia Wildland Fire Academy is in the 17th year of the mission to provide high-quality fire training education to Virginia firefighters and regional partners. Since 2001, more than 7,000 students have participated in the many courses offered each year. This is a total of 194,464 hours of instruction and has added important capacity to the state’s and region’s fire and incident response capabilities.

Report: Lawn Mower Sparked Florida Wildfire

May 23, 2017

A lawn mower is being blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed five structures in Florida.

The Naples Daily News (http://bit.ly/2q74ivo ) reports that the state's Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement concluded its investigation into the fire that started April 20 in Collier County. The fire burned nearly 12 square miles (31 sq. kilometers).

Livestock industry says grazing prevents wildfires

May 18, 2017

In what is being called an unprecedented year for wildfires, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) recently kicked off a media and advertising campaign to shine a spotlight on how grazing on public lands helps mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires – the leading threat to species like the greater sage grouse. The campaign will be centered around a new website, GrazingPreventsWildfires.com, and will run through May.

Barnegat Recalls Lessons Learned From 2007 Forest Fire

May 17, 2017

Around 4 p.m. on May 15, 2007, then-Barnegat Township Mayor Alfonso Cirulli took a call at home from a concerned resident who had noticed burning embers landing on her property and others in her neighborhood.

Cirulli called David Breeden, who was township administrator at the time, and asked if he had heard of any fire. Cirulli said Breeden was not aware of anything, but it did not take long for town hall and police to get besieged by calls, at which time they learned the frightening truth – a major forest fire had the western areas of the township in its crosshairs.