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2011-07-01 09:32:36

As homes and cities expand closer to forests and wildlands across the American West, increasing wildfire threats have created an unlikely new phenomena "“ confidence in government. Recent studies show that people in neighborhoods adjacent to public forest lands can and do trust natural resource managers to a surprising degree, in part because the risks they face are so severe. Thousands of acres burn every year, threatening homes, lives and property, and in many groups and areas, the...

2011-03-15 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the approach of spring and the increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced federal grants are available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. "Warming temperatures, sunny days and strong winds quickly usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the need to...

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2010-09-29 06:25:00

Firefighters are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of ultrafine particulates at the time they are least likely to wear protective breathing equipment. Because of this, researchers believe firefighters may face an increased risk for heart disease from exposures during the fire suppression process. Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American firefighters, with many of these incidents taking place during or just after a firefighting incident. Researchers say exposure to these...

2010-03-09 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As spring nears and woodlands begin to dry out, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced that nearly $667,000 in grants is available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. "Although some areas may still have some snow on the ground, changing weather conditions can quickly usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the...

2009-09-17 16:30:00

TreePeople and partners prepare for reforestation in fire-devastated national parks LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The historic Angeles Forest Station Fire devastated more than 160,500 acres of forest lands, including the heart of Los Angeles' upper watershed and the headwaters of the Los Angeles River. TreePeople's California Wildfire Restoration Initiative, a private/public partnership, is already receiving requests from volunteers to replant the fire-damaged...

2008-10-01 18:00:19

By Jason Pesick Fire officials want to figure out how successful they've been at spreading their fire-prevention message in recent years. They'll be surveying mountain residents from Mt. Baldy to Forest Falls through the early part of October to see if they are taking steps to protect their homes from fires. "We're trying to find out how effective our program has been thus far," said county fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez. The county will conduct the survey with the Mountain Area...

2008-09-30 03:00:17

By Jason Pesick Fire officials want to figure out how successful they've been at spreading their fire-prevention message in recent years. They'll be surveying mountain residents from Mt. Baldy to Forest Falls through the early part of October to see if they are taking steps to protect their homes from fires. "We're trying to find out how effective our program has been thus far," said county fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez. The county will conduct the survey with the Mountain Area...

2008-08-27 00:00:24

HELENA, Mont. - The cost of fighting large fires in California and elsewhere is forcing the U.S. Forest Service to divert hundreds of millions of dollars set aside for work including roads, trails, recreational improvements - even fire prevention. In a memo this month to regional foresters, Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell said spending on fires could reach $1.6 billion this year, about half the agency's budget. "All of you are aware of the serious nature of this year's fire season and...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

By Susan Meeker, Orland Press Register, Calif. Aug. 6--Since dry lightning sparked dozens of fires in the North State more than a month ago, land managers for the Mendocino National Forest have been actively seeking a way to balance firefighting policy with safety. According to Phebe Brown, public affairs officer for the Mendocino National Forest, typical fire suppression tactics that apply in general forest areas had to be modified for wilderness areas, and include restrictions from...

2008-08-05 21:00:13

By Ethan Schowalter-Hay, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. Aug. 5--Anyone headed to the Whitman Overlook in the Northern Blue Mountains last Thursday may have noticed, in addition to the rolling tableland scenery, soldiers in the woods. This was no hallucination. Around 350 Oregon National Guard soldiers attended wildland firefighting training last week at three locations across the state: Astoria, Klamath Falls and Pendleton. "We've seen very active fire seasons for our neighbors to...


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