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Kansas wildfire has rippling effect

March 30, 2016

Emergency crews continue to monitor a wildfire that is largely contained after it burned hundreds of miles of rangeland in Kansas and Oklahoma.

New Mexico gets wildfire prevention law

March 09, 2016

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at better positioning New Mexico to protect its forests from wildfires and flooding.

One bill clears the way for the State Forestry Division to be reimbursed by the federal government for thinning and other conservation work done by state employees.

Fire officials say to ‘expect an early start’ to Alaska wildfire season

March 06, 2016

“Expect an early start to the wildland fire season.”

That’s what officials with the Alaska Division of Forestry are saying about this spring and summer. Already, at least two wildfires have been reported this season.

Massive Wildfire Makes Way Across Washington, Osage County Ranchlands

March 06, 2016

Thousands of acres burned through Osage and Washington counties on Sunday as crews from nearly a dozen agencies did their best to get the wildfire under control.

Fight Brews Over Federal Wildfire Funding After Devastating Year

February 12, 2016

After the costliest of wildfire seasons ravaged the West last year, with three catastrophic blazes ripping through Lake County, the U.S. Forest Service may be headed for a showdown with Congress over how to cover the surging bill.

Air Force Academy is Firewise

February 09, 2016

The Air Force Academy has a new designation tonight - it's a Firewise community.

Was 2015 a record year for wildfires?

January 17, 2016

Wildfires scorched a vast swath of the American wilderness last year. But whether the 10 million acres that burned is a record, as the Obama administration recently announced, or an exaggeration, as some environmentalists claim, is a source of heated debate in a long-running fight over how to manage the nation’s forests.

Alaska sees most of acres burned in record year for US wildfires

January 04, 2016

New numbers released by the National Interagency Fire Center show a record year for wildfires in the U.S. More than 10 million acres burned nationally, and more than half of that land was in Alaska.

Colorado's new wildfire prediction system ready for 2016

December 24, 2015

Colorado's investment in a new wildfire prediction system is on track to be tested in 2016.

Researchers say the technology has the potential to make firefighters safer. That's because it combines two models: one that predicts weather and another that predicts fire.

KUNC reports (http://bit.ly/1O5dPaq ) that Colorado will beta test the system pioneered by the Boulder-based National Center for Atmospheric Research, starting late in the 2016 fire season.

More Money to Fight Wildfires, but No Long-Term Budget Fix

December 17, 2015

Budget legislation headed toward approval by Congress includes an additional $610 million for the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires next year but no long-term fix to how the agency, year after year, has had to borrow money from other programs to keep up with the ever-growing cost of fighting fires.