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2008-08-04 18:00:26

By Les Blumenthal WASHINGTON - The Forest Service has struggled for years to pay for fighting fires that last year alone scorched almost 10 million acres. As fire seasons grow longer and the blazes more intense in forests stressed by global warming, the agency's funding woes mount. In fact, the Forest Service has already spent roughly $900 million this year, almost 75 percent of its fire suppression budget, and the season is just nearing its peak. Nearly half the Forest Service's annual...

2008-08-01 18:00:17

Four more volunteer firefighters from the Boone County Fire Protection District are heading to California to battle wildfires. They will join other wildland firefighters from around the region and fly out of St. Louis tomorrow morning en route to Redding, Calif., the operations center for a total of 22 fires burning in Northern California, Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp said this morning in a news release. The latest deployment will bring to nine the number of firefighters the fire...

2008-07-31 00:00:27

More acres have burned in California this year than in any other. And it's not even August. "There's a potential for a lot more fires and a lot more destruction," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the state fire department, CalFire. A combination of a record dry spring and sparks _ from a flurry of lightning strikes in late June to the bullet that is believed to have sparked the fire near Mariposa _ get most of the blame. But they come atop a pair of more persistent problems: the...

2008-07-29 15:00:42

WASHINGTON_The Forest Service has struggled for years to pay for fighting fires that last year alone scorched almost 10 million acres. As fire seasons grow longer and the blazes more intense in forests stressed by global warming, the agency's funding woes mount. In fact, the Forest Service has already spent roughly $900 million this year, almost 75 percent of its fire suppression budget, and the season is just nearing its peak. Nearly half the Forest Service's annual budget is now spent...

2008-07-22 15:00:00

By Judy Fahys and Jason Bergreen, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 22--The good news? Utah's drier-than-tinder landscape hasn't fueled any big fires this year. The bad? Wildland fire danger remains "extreme" in southern Utah and "high" in northern parts of the state. One fire official called the quiet "eerie" in light of the fire-ready conditions on the range and in the forests. "All of us have been sitting on pins and needles waiting for it to happen," agreed Richard J. Buehler, state...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By Geoff Liesik For the Deseret News ROOSEVELT -- A wildland firefighter was injured Wednesday while working on the Mill Hollow fire in Duchesne County. U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Venetia Gempler, in a press release, said the man was injured in a fall. He was transported by helicopter to University Hospital. Fire officials did not release the man's name or condition. The Mill Hollow fire has been burning since June 23 in the south unit of the Ashley National Forest...

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....

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By Laura McVicker and Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 14--A fire torching forest land near Mount Adams has grown to 3,000 acres this morning as additional crews arrive to battle the blaze that's being fueled by high winds. The lightning-sparked fire has been burning for a week about 11 miles northeast of Trout Lake. Although it grew from 500 acres Sunday afternoon to 3,000 acres this morning, fire authorities don't believe it's a danger to any structures or people....

2008-07-13 21:00:13

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 13--Two helicopters and an aerial tanker joined wildland firefighters today battling a lightning-sparked wildfire south of Mount Adams. The Forest Service temporarily closed access to the popular Cold Springs/ South Climb Trailhead to Washington's second-tallest peak. Emergency workers today were coordinating the exit of roughly 100 climbers leaving the peak through Forest Road 8040, near where the 500-acre fire was burning 11...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

Wildfires in California are so fierce that for the first time, Boone County volunteer firefighters are being called up to help battle the blazes scorching that state. Gale Blomenkamp, a division chief for the Boone County Fire Protection District, said a call for help this early in the season from a state with such a large pool of volunteers illustrates the severity of the situation. "We are in the eastern coordination area," Blomenkamp said this morning. "When they are reaching this far...


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