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Study: Housing developments near drying forests a deadly combination in the West

March 08, 2014

As the climate warms, forest fires in the West increasingly will feast on acres of dry brush, growing into giants. In a cycle that will become routine, homeowners will flee, while firefighters will rush toward their houses — and away from areas where they could be putting out wildfires.

Obama to propose shift in wildfire funding

February 25, 2014

President Obama’s annual budget request to Congress will propose a significant change in how the government pays to fight wildfires, administration officials said, a move that they say reflects the ways in which climate change is increasing the risk for and cost of those fires.

Kansas governor raising wildfire danger awareness

February 18, 2014

Kansas residents are being urged to act cautiously with outdoor burning as the state marks a week of awareness of the dangers of wildfires.

Crews taking no chances ahead of wildfire season

February 14, 2014

Oklahoma state Forester says high wildfire danger continues, urges no outdoor burning in state

January 27, 2014

Oklahoma's state forester says high winds and low humidity have increased the danger of wildfires in the state, and conditions are expected to worsen later in the week.

48 Wildfires Burn in Arkansas over the Weekend

January 27, 2014

The Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) says 48 wildfires burned over the weekend; 21 homes were within close proximity of flames and saved by suppression efforts. Individual fires were mostly 5-10 acres in size. A total of 217 acres burned across the state; which does not include a fire reported on Ouachita National Forest, northwest of Lake Ouachita State Park. We continue to strongly advise against any outdoor burning.

Rare winter wildfires in SW Oregon, Coast Range

January 24, 2014

High winds in a dry winter have rekindled old logging slash in southwestern Oregon and the northern Coast Range.

Wildfire Activity Decreases Across Arkansas

January 23, 2014

Arkansas wildfire danger will continue through tomorrow and the weekend, however, safety precautions have kept wildfire activity low for the day. Humidity levels across most of the state will remain between 40%-50% and wind gusts may exceed 10 mph, both of which can contribute to high fire activity. We continue to strongly advise against any outdoor burning. Combustible debris (such as dead leaves, pine needles, and dead grass) easily catch and spread fire during the current weather conditions.

Small wildfires, fears of worse sweep California

January 15, 2014

As Santa Ana winds made moisture plunge, plant life wither and wildfire danger soar, Southern California firefighters pounced on several small blazes before they could surge, though another day of dryness awaited.

Logan County wildfire burns over 1,200 acres

January 13, 2014

Several outbuildings were destroyed in a large wildfire that swept through Logan County Sunday afternoon.

Oklahoma's Wildland Task Force was deployed as local fire crews battled flames than spanned across an estimated 1,200 acres near County Road 73 and Post Road.