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2011-05-10 10:54:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Bob Deffner as manager of Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County. He is former manager of the R.B. Winter State Park Complex in Union County. "Bob brings a solid administrative background to his latest state park assignment, and his enthusiasm and public relations skills will only improve the visitor experience at Gifford Pinchot," said Bureau of State Parks Director...

2008-08-11 21:00:25

By KATHIE DURBIN The cost of fighting forest fires in the West will delay some critical road projects scheduled for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest this year. The Forest Service has ordered a freeze on the award of new contracts by national forests to help it make up a $400 million cost overrun - so far - in its national fire-fighting budget this year. The directive comes as more than two dozen large wildfires continue to burn in the West. Repair of popular Forest Service Road 99 to...

2008-07-18 15:00:30

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 18--More than 1,000 firefighters and support personnel, who have doubled Trout Lake's population in less than a week, battled the Cold Springs fire to a standoff as of Thursday evening. Crews reinforced more than 20 miles of brush-free fire breaks that all but surrounded the 7,933-acre blaze. Yet the fire remained only 30 percent contained, with the ever-present risk that it could jump the lines and torch fire-prone areas to the...

2008-07-15 15:00:28

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 15--A forest fire south of Mount Adams ballooned to more than 8,000 acres Monday. An expert said several circumstances give this fire an unusual opportunity to continue to grow. Regional fire managers dispatched hundreds of wildland firefighters to the area 11 miles northeast of Trout Lake on Monday. A small tent village of firefighters sprouted on the grounds of the Trout Lake School, while state highway authorities warned motorists...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

Firefighters Monday were battling a 500-acre wildfire that spread quickly in a national forest near Washington state's Mount Adams, officials said. A 35-member special response team responded Sunday when the fire, which started out as 30-acre blaze, overpowered local crews who had been trying to contain it, The (Portland) Oregonian reported. In all, 160 firefighters were working on the fire at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington along the western slopes of the...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 14--A lighting-sparked wildfire, smoldering for a week, exploded Sunday in a blaze that prompted some Southwest Washington residents to mistake the cauliflower-like smoke plume for an eruption of Mount Adams. By late Sunday afternoon, the fire covered more than 500 acres of dead and dying timber. "It's going to be burning into the week," said Paul Ries, a public information officer for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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