Latest Hayman Fire Stories
It's shaping up to be a fiery summer across the United States.
Nearly half of the United States' airborne fire suppression equipment was operating over Colorado on June 25, 2012, CNN reported, as tens of thousands of acres burned.
By Hazlehurst, John While insects and disease alter ecosystems over many years, severe wildfires can destroy entire forests in a few days. The 2002 Hayman fire burned 138,000 acres in less than 10 days -- and the conditions that produced that fire are present in 36 percent of the local forest.
Just released analyses by USDA Forest Service researchers reveal underlying patterns in wildland arson. Research forester Jeff Prestemon and economist David Butry, both from the FS Southern Research Station economics unit at Research Triangle Park, NC, have developed a model that can help law enforcement agencies better predict where and when fires might be set in wildland areas and adopt strategies to reduce the risk of arson.