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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.

‘Blizzard of embers’: Wildfire expert on what caused the Fort McMurray fire

May 14, 2017

A wildfire expert says a blizzard of blazing embers that were blown by the wind over fireguards and a river sparked the flames that destroyed homes in Fort McMurray last spring and then spread the destruction deeper into neighborhoods.

Alaska's wildfire season starts slow, despite Southcentral burns

May 14, 2017

Alaska's 2017 wildfire season has been relatively tame so far, state fire officials said last week — but several recent Anchorage and Mat-Su wildfires have heightened firefighters' concerns about burn conditions in Southcentral Alaska.

Alaska Division of Forestry adds drones for 2017 wildfire season

May 14, 2017

Fire season is here and the division of forestry is deploying a new tool that will save money, time and potentially lives.

Starting this season, drones will be used to help locate fires, create maps, assist crews on the ground, and limit risk in Alaska.

Along with improving safety, the drone could also save forestry a lot of money.

Wildfire Season to Start Late but still Dangerous

May 11, 2017

The Wildland Fire Outlook was released earlier this month and the report claims fire season could start later than usual, but once it begins it could be more dangerous than previous years.

The fire danger in eastern Idaho is low as many of the hills and forests are still green from this winter's precipitation, but soon all the tall grasses will dry out and could lead to an explosive fire season for much of the state.