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2014-08-25 08:21:22

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In what appears to be a record-setting year for wildland fires in the West, aerial firefighters are battling more wildfires in the Pacific Northwest states, and deploying their aircraft and crews accordingly. For example, CHI Aviation has spent more time on wildfires in Washington State compared to previous years, according to Larry Kelley, the operator's Director of Fire Operations in Boise, Idaho. In that regard, the company's...

2008-08-25 09:00:58

By Associated Press EUREKA -- A wildfire burned about 350 acres along the border of Juab and Utah counties Sunday. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. and was burning Pinyon Juniper and sage along some steep terrain about three miles northwest of Eureka, according to the Richfield Interagency Fire Center. Flames were shooting more than 30 feet in the air as firefighters attempted to contain the blaze with airplanes, multiple engines and four hand crews. Eleven smokejumpers also parachuted...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Rocky Barker and Heath Druzin, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 23--With a sweep of her hands, Carol McCoy-Brown shows off the park-like setting of Warm Lake, where well-spaced pine trees loom over a forest floor nearly free of underbrush. She points to the rustic wood-frame cabins that dot the Forest Service land in the mountains southeast of McCall -- all spared last August by a forest fire that burned right to the community's doorsteps. McCoy-Brown, a district ranger with the...

2008-07-18 06:00:30

By Peter Hecht, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--President Bush took a helicopter tour of charred forests above Shasta Lake on Thursday and vowed to do the "best ... we possibly can" in directing federal assistance to help California respond to devastating wildfires. With nearly 2,000 lightning fires since mid-June devouring more than 880,000 acres and burning a hole in the state budget, Bush promised not to leave California stranded. Federal disaster officials to date have pledged...

2008-07-04 21:00:12

REDDING, Calif. _ Gazing out a wall of windows, Mike Lococo watched lightning stab the horizon, over and over, like a bizarre light show gone awry. Three decades of battling blazes in remote corners of California told him one thing: That was trouble hurtling from the heavens. Lococo is part of a unique national network that launches at the first sniff of wildfire. When hundreds of California wildfires sprang from lightning strikes June 20-21, the Northern California Geographic...

2005-07-01 14:01:24

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) -- When your regular job involves parachuting into burning forests, climbing a 60-foot silver maple behind a lawyer's office in search of beetles is a nice change of pace. "It's definitely a good gig and needs to be done," said Sarah Altemus, one of 11 smokejumpers from several Western states who have been sent to New Jersey to help inspect for the Asian longhorned beetle, a pest destroying trees in three states. The firefighters' rope skills make them a valuable asset in...

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