Latest Wildfire suppression Stories

2008-07-09 18:00:18

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Brendan Daly or Nadeam Elshami, both of the Office of the Speaker of the House, +1-202-226-7616 WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the floor this afternoon in support of H.R. 5541, the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act (FLAME Act), which passed by voice vote. Below are the Speaker's remarks: "Mr. Speaker, California today is fighting some of the most significant fires in terms of acres burned in...

2008-07-09 18:00:18

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed a measure that would create an emergency fund to be used in the event of catastrophic wildfires. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement, or FLAME, Act would set up a pool of money separate from the annual U.S. Forest Service firefighting budget that could be dipped into during major emergencies. At the same time, however, the Forest Service...

2008-06-14 03:00:17

By JAMIE C RUFF Firefighting is hands-on, and so is much of its instruction. So when Paul Stoneburner of the Charlottesville office of the Virginia Department of Forestry was lead instructor for a power-saw class, it was in the woods and his students came ready to get dirty. "Most of the learning is by doing," he said. The weeklong Wildland Fire Academy was held at Longwood University in Farmville for the first time and drew a record 539 participants - including career and volunteer...

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