Latest Controlled burn Stories

2008-07-27 03:00:25

By Duncan, Riva Many who work in fire management will, at some time in their career, face something difficult, an "abrupt and brutal audit" (Lagadec 1993) that will shake their confidence at best and leave them heartbroken at worst. I know. How do some of us get through those dark days, learn from our mistakes, and continue to do our jobs as best we can? What makes some of us "bounce back" from a serious accident, a fatality, or an escaped prescribed fire and continue to do the work on...

2008-07-18 06:00:29

By Chris Bowman, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--If every cloud has a silver lining, what good can be said of the big brown dome of wildfire smoke that capped much of California these past few weeks? Plenty, say ecologists who study the effects of fire on the landscape. While the siege of lightning-sparked fires continues to inundate parts of Northern California with hazardously smoky air, the blazes also consumed more than 1,400 square miles of dangerously overgrown forests and...

2008-07-01 09:00:35

By Tillie Fong An open-fire and burning ban is in effect in Arapahoe County and Centennial.The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office made the announcement Monday, citing existing conditions that present an extreme danger for wildfire and large wildland fires.The ban means that residents cannot have campfires, warming fires or fires in outdoor wood-burning stoves. Residents cannot do any prescribed burns of fence lines, fence rows, fields, farmlands, rangelands, wildlands, trash or debris....

2008-06-26 09:02:35

By Lynn Wilde II Deseret News Several people set a plan into motion this week that took four months, many different agencies and $12,000 to create, by starting a mountainside on fire -- on purpose. The fire, set Tuesday at Timpie Point in Tooele County, was a proactive measure to reduce wildfires in the area. Ambur Mathews, public information officer for the Salt Lake City office of the Bureau of Land Management, said by burning grass now, more money may be saved later. If a fire starts...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'