Latest Firebreak Stories

2008-08-08 09:01:00

By Nancy Perkins Deseret News CEDAR CITY -- Cheatgrass and other highly flammable invasive weeds that fuel wildfires are the target of 10 projects sharing $2 million in grants from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, it was announced Thursday. The grants range in size from $15,000 to reduce fuels in the City Creek Canyon Drainage Area in Salt Lake City to more than $500,000 to help Beaver County continue to rehabilitate land ravaged by the Milford Flat Fire. "Prevention is the...

2008-07-17 03:00:21

By Char Miller The FLAME Act: its acronym is as vivid as any news footage of the hundreds of fires currently roaring across California. More properly known as H.R. 5541, the Federal Lands Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act establishes a long overdue emergency firefighting fund, a measure that finally passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 9. The terrifying images of California ablaze were partially responsible for the passage of this critical piece of legislation....

2008-07-08 21:00:15

By Ethan Schowalter-Hay, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. Jul. 8--As wildfire season returns to the forests and shrublands of Northeast Oregon, it's worth considering some of the preventative measures taken year-round by resource managers and residents. The Oregon Department of Forestry, for example, participates in a kind of landowner outreach as part of the National Fire Plan, a federal program instituted in 2000 after several years of widespread, mammoth wildfires. "The cost of...

2005-06-24 20:29:16

SAN FRANCISCO -- Move over Smokey the Bear. In California, thousands of goats are helping prevent wildfires. From hilly San Francisco to more rural settings, California landowners, business and officials have hired the voracious animals to devour the grass and brush that fuels wildfires. Last year, more than 5,500 fires blackened over 168,000 acres in the most populous U.S. state. "Goats are just another tool in the toolbox for California and we try to use as many tools as possible,"...

Word of the Day
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).